Joseph Spark Preston (1789–1879)
Joseph Spark Preston was convicted of embezzlement. Sentenced to transportation for 14 years, he arrived in 1830 on the Royal George. He stated his occupation as a ‘first class clerk’. His height was recorded as 5 feet 10 ½ inches (179 cm), a tall man for his day.
Preston did not settle well. He committed further offences, mostly for being out after hours, and one charge of assault. For a time he was employed as a clerk. He also tried to establish a business but failed, which saw him back in gaol for debt.
Family history has Joseph Preston working as a driver and groom for his son-in-law, William Henry Burgess. While this was a huge drop in status, it meant that Preston and his wife still had a place to live with their three unmarried daughters.