Joshua Peck was charged with the crime of stealing, tried: Exeter Devon, Mar 1786, sentence: 7 years transportation. He arrived in NSW aboard the Charlotte 1788
Joshua lived on Norfolk Island, twice during the Island’s 1st Settlement. He first arrived on Norfolk Island aboard the Golden Grove, Oct 1788, leaving Norfolk island in 1793 aboard the Chesterfield and returning once again to Norfolk Island with his family aboard HMS Buffalo in May 1803.
On Norfolk Island he formed a relationship with Mary FROST, Convict, Neptune 1790. Born possible c1761 or 1775. Crime: Burglary. Tried: Norwich Norfolk, Mar 1789. Sentence: Death commuted to 7 years transportation. She arrived on Norfolk Island aboard the Surprize, August 1790.
In July 1791 Joshua was on a one acre Sydney Town lot with 106 rod cleared and 10 rods of timber felled. Joshua and Mary were one of the many couples married by Reverend Richard Johnson in Nov 1791 on Norfolk Island. They left Norfolk Island aboard the Chesterfield in Mar 1793 for Port Jackson.
In Dec 1791 Joshua Peck was appointed by King as one of night watchmen stationed from Grenville Valley to Lucas’s Farm and the Government Farm.
1801 Joseph Peck: Land grant 10 May 1797 Prospect with cultivated, 5 acres wheat sown, 6 acres maize to be sown, off stores, 1 woman (Mary) on stores, and 5 children on stores (William, Elizabeth, John, Mary, Jane and Thomas). In April 1803 Joshua placed Prospect Hill property on the market, “an excellent FARM, situate, lying, and consisting of 100 acres of land, thirty of which are cleared; with good Dwelling House, Barn, the Premises are well watered, and have six Acres of good Corn now standing. The Peck family then travelled back to Norfolk Island to live aboard HMS Buffalo arriving in May 1803.
1805 Joshua Peck: Labourer, Sentences Expire, off stores.
1805 Mary Frost: Woman from Sentences Expired, off stores.
Joshua and Mary with six children left Norfolk Island aboard HMS Porpoise for Hobart in Dec 1807 leaving behind a 25 acre farm and livestock. He was granted 45 acres of land at New Norfolk in Tasmania.
In 1821: Joshua Peck, the elder, William Peck, Joshua Peck, the younger, and Thomas Peck, were placed on trial, charged with having feloniously killed 10 sheep, the property of our Lord the King. Also, with having feloniously killed a heifer, the property of one Thomas Daley. The prisoners, in this case, were a father and his three sons, the youngest about 15 years of age; and, in support of the charge. …. The Court found all the prisoners guilty: and the Judge Advocate strongly remarking upon the nature of the case in proof against the prisoners, pronounced the sentence of the Court to be, that for the offence of which they had been convicted, they be respectively transported to Newcastle for the term of 14 years.
They were all sent to Sydney aboard the Jupiter in June 1821, held in Sydney Gaol for a few days before they all were transported to Newcastle, aboard the Governor Bligh. In 1823 Joshua (snr) petition to return to Tasmania to grow tobacco, stating to be a former overseer of tobacco plantation in North America, however Joshua died 24 Feb 1825 Newcastle NSW, buried 25 Feb 1825 Christ Church Newcastle NSW, his burial registration states came from Port Dalrymple, ship unknown.
Mary Peck died 14 Nov 1847, aged 96 years old at White Hills near Launceston, buried Launceston, therefore giving birth to her youngest child at the age of 47 years in 1808. However some descendants of Joshua and Mary Peck believe Mary was 14 years old at the time of her conviction in 1789, therefore giving birth to her youngest child in 1808 at the age of 33 years. Mary’s death notice appeared in the Launceston Examiner, 24 Nov 1847, “On the 14th instant, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Stevenson, Curramore, Mrs. Mary Peck, aged ninety six years”.
 An account of grounds on Norfolk Island, July 1791, AJCP PRO CO/201/9 pp. 27 – 28.
 General Order, Phillip King, December 1791, Norfolk Island, HRNSW, Vol 1, Part 2. p. 579.
 Sydney Gazette, 2 April 1803, p. 1.
 Sydney Gazette, 9 June 1821, p. 2.
 SRNSW Colonial Secretary’s Papers 1788-1825, Reel 6008 4/3504 pp.75-7, Fiche 3224 4/1867 pp.12-12c.
- Culprits on Norfolk Island: Golden Grove Ebook
- Surprize to Norfolk Island August 1790
- Marriages November 1791 Norfolk Island
- HMS Buffalo to Norfolk Island in May 1803
- Details on Peck children see Norfolk Island Baptisms, Burials and Marriages 1801 – 1806