Expressions of love and endearment have long been embodied in keepsakes or jewellery worn or held close to the body
In 1817, Joseph Smith was awaiting his execution at London’s notorious Newgate Gaol. Little did he know, but he was soon to become integral to the construction of Hyde Park Barracks on the other side of the world.
James Daws was convicted of stealing pennies (coins) in late 1825 or early 1826
Joseph Smith arrived in New South Wales in April 1818, while Hyde Park Barracks was under construction
The simple lettering on this love token with his name on it suggests that John Woodcock may have engraved it himself, while he awaited his transportation
A convict love token is a coin that convicts gave to their loved ones before they were transported to NSW