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James Absalom

James Absalom, one of 254 convicts transported on the Sarah, 29 November 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Absalom
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Gentleman's servant
Date of Death: 7th February, 1844
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Simple larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sarah
Departure date: 29th November, 1836
Arrival date: 29th March, 1837
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 253 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 406
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

D Wong on 10th February, 2013 wrote:

James Absalom, according to the Old Bailey Court records, was 19 when indicted for stealing 1 cushion, value 12s., the goods of John Ewart or Hewitt.

There were many conflicting dates of birth along the way for James.

James was apparently 20 years old on arrival in VDL.

He had a small scar on his right arm, dark eyes, brown hair, was 5’6 1/4” tall, and single.

James’s conduct record was bad, he seemed to like stealing things, a goat, a bag of shot etc., along with insubordination, neglect of duty, and so on.

6/1/1842: TOL
1/6/1843: Free Certificate.

7/2/1844: Inquest held at Hobart: James died by the accidental overturning of a dray upon him, whereby his ribs were fractured and one of his lungs injured. He was 38.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 10th February, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1806, date of death 7th February, 1844, gender, occupation, crime

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