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Calamity and Conquest

A chronicle of the convict Joseph Blundell and his common-law wife Susan Osborne

by Allan Hawke


This book traces the family history and genealogy of Joseph Blundell and his common law wife 'Susan Osborne'. Joseph descended from a line of wealthy forbears, but his grandfather was cheated out of his rightful inheritance leading him and his descendants into penury. Joseph was convicted of stabbing a Game Keeper and sentenced to be hanged. This was later repealed and he was Transported for life to the NSW Colony.

Susan Osborne was the alias adopted by Mercy Blanch (nee Balcomb) when she left her husband in Newcastle and accompanied Joseph to Canberra with their infant child John in 1842. They had another ten children who in turn produced 75 grand children, but that will be another story.

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