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James Algar

James Algar, one of 189 convicts transported on the Duke of Portland, January 1807

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Algar
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1774
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Duke of Portland
Departure date: January, 1807
Arrival date: 27th July, 1807
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 194 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 393 (196)
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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Tony Beale on 29th April, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834
New South Wales Male 1788-1819
James Algar received 7 years and is a Smith
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426. JAMES ALGER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 17th of June , privily from the person of Walter Burrel , esq . a pocket book, value 6 d. three promissory notes of the Dorking bank, value 10 l. each, and a bank note, value 5 l. and four bank notes, value 1 l. each, the property of Walter Burrel , esq .

The case was stated by Mr. Gurney.

JAMES CHRISTIE sworn. Examined by Mr. Knapp. I believe, sir, you are a wine merchant residing in St. James’s Market. - A. I am.

Q. On the 17th of June last were you in Bond street . - A. I was, about four o’clock in the afternoon; I there saw the prisoner at the bar in company with three other persons, I fancied that I had seen two of them before at Bow street; in consequence of my suspicious I watched them, they were close behind Mr. Burrel in Bond street, Mr. Burrel and his two friends were walking together; I observed one the men frequently put his hand into Mr. Burrel’s pocket, I did not see him take any thing out, nor am I certain it was the prisoner, to the best of my recollection it was not the prisoner that put his hand into the pocket of Mr. Burrel, but one of them in whose company he was at the corner of Little Brooke street; I asked Mr. Burrel if he had lost any thing, he put his hand into his pocket, he said he had lost his pocket book.

Q. Where were these four men. - A. They were in Little Brooke street leading into Hanover square; we immediately followed them into Little Brooke street, they were conversing together, they separated, and the prisoners turned up King street, Mr. Burrel followed them, I went round by Marlborough street, meaning to go along Argyle street to meet them; I called at the police office to desire an officer to follow me; when I got to Little Argyle street I met Mr. Burrel with the prisoner, holding him by the collar; he was taken into the police office Marlborough street immediately.

Q. Are you quite sure that the prisoner at the bar was one of the four men that you saw together before

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you saw them do any thing to Mr. Burrel. - A. I am certain, I have not the least doubt but he is the person.
WALTER BURREL sworn. Examined by Mr. Knapp. I believe you was in Bond street at the time that Mr. Christie has described. - A. I was.

Q. You remember Mr. Christie making application to you, and your feeling in your pocket, and losing your pocket book. - A. Yes; it was a red pocket book, containing three ten pounds Dorking promissory notes, one five pound bank note, and four one pound bank notes, it was in my outside coat pocket.

Court. Is that a place to put bank notes in. - A.(Mr. Knapp) It is not every body that has inside pockets.

Court. I know it is the fashion of the day to hold out temptation.

Mr. Knapp. At the time that Mr. Christie informed you, did you see the four persons. - A. Yes, the prisoner was one of these four persons; when Mr. Christie informed me, I put my hand into my coat pocket, I found my pocket book was gone; he told me they were gone down Little Brooke street, there I saw them, and I perceived one of them shift the pocket book from their right side to the prisoner; the prisoner put it in his coat pocket; we followed the prisoner into Swallow street, Mr. Christie said I will go to Marlborough street office, and get you an officer to seize him.

Q. Did you lose sight of him. - A. I followed them till they got into King street, he got rather the start of me, and ran about thirty or forty yards, I ran after him, and called out Stop him; we ran about two or three hundred yards till we got into Swallow street, I then took him by the collar, I said you have got a pocket book of mine, he said I - me - with evident marks of confusion; I told him I would not let him go without searching him; he then took the pocket book out, and I said that is mine, he gave it me, I said now you must go to Marlborough street; that is the pocket book I had missed at Marlborough street, I examined the pocket book at the office and the notes tallied, I have got them here, I know the pocket book to be mine.
(The notes produced and identified.)
GUILTY , aged 32.
Of stealing, but not privily from the person. Transported for Seven Years .
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Le Blanc.

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870 for James Algar
Index to Letters Received 1788-1854

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons, 1788-1870 for James Algar
Index to Letters Received 1788-1854
Servant to Captain Bligh, permitted to accompany him to England. W. Patarson to W B Bligh Feb 15 1809. Lt Govenor Pattarson letterbook 1808 - 1809

James Algar
in the New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856
25/1/1810 Advised to take his complaint to the magistrates court in Sydney

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842)  Sat 24 Sep 1814 Page 2
THE Persons undernamed intending shortly to depart the Colony in the respective Vessels
beneath which their Names are placed, it is their request that those, to whom they may be indebted
will present their Accounts to each severally, in order to their speedy Arrangement; and also
that such Persons as maybe indebted to either of them, the said Persons under named, will settle
their Accounts forthwith.In the Ship Surry-James Alger.

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 29th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1774 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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