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James Archer

James Archer, one of 230 convicts transported on the Dudbrook, 17 November 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Archer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Fisherman
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Scotland Perth Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Dudbrook
Departure date: 17th November, 1852
Arrival date: 7th February, 1853
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 234 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 583 (294)
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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Daniel Wright on 14th August, 2020 wrote:

(1) Was found guilty of poaching in 1832 and fined 10 pounds.
(2) Was found guilty of poaching again and was jailed for 6 months from 8/12/1832 till 07/07/1833.
(3) Was found guilty of poaching in Feb 1836 and was fined 2 pounds 4 shillings or 2 months jail in Kirkcaldy.
(4) On the 13 April 1837 was found guilty of night poaching at Cullelo, Aberdour and was jailed for 2 years.
(5) Was found guilty of Prison-break in 1841 and sentenced to 3 months in Cupar Prison.
(6) Convicted of theft and house breaking before the Circuit-court of Justiciary, at Perth on 15th Oct 1842 and sentenced to 7 years transportation.
(7) Was found guilty of a crime in 1843 and was to be transported to the colonies for 3-4 years.
(8) Was found guilty of theft on the 4th of Dec 1846 and served 30 days.
(9) Convicted of theft before the Sheriff-court of Fifeshire, at Cupar on the 13th December 1848, 18 months jail from 13/12/1848 till 16/06/1850.
(10) Found guilty of assault and received a 2 months jail sentence.
(11) Was found guilty of theft on the 23 May 1851 and was transported to the colonies for 10 years aboard the ship “Dudbrook” arrived in Fremantle on February 2, 1853 with 103 passengers and 228 convicts, he was discribed as Archer, James 45 years old, Prison Number 1555, boatbuilder, Widower with four children. Height 5’ 5”, black hair, grey eyes, long face, sallow, stout, Scar on forehead; Tattoo of an anchor on right arm. Received a Ticket of Leave (parole) 30th May 1854. Police report in the Perth (WA) Gazette reported that on the 30th Aug 1855 James Archer absconded from his master’s employment and received a penalty of 1month confined to the depot without pay.
Oct 1855 James Archer give 14 days hard labour for being drunk and not giving a satisfactory account of himself. Police report in the Perth Gazette 29th Feb 1856 James Archer was drunk in the street and fined 5 shillings. 29th March 1856 fined 5 shillings for being drunk. 21 April fined 10 shillings for being out after hours. Perth Gazette 19th Aug 1859 article from Perth Police Court James Archer fined 5 shillings. His Worship informed Mr Archer that he was almost driven to the last means in his power to punish him by returning him to the convict estate but he was given another chance. September 1859 petty thief James Archer was convicted of theft of iron rods and was returned to prison with 6 months hard labour. April 1862 James Archer was charged by police for sleeping in the open air. He was remanded and was given a ticket of leave to look for employment. He was later sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for neglecting his masters work. He was released (expiree) June 1862.
(12) returned to Burntisland, Fife, Scotland and sentenced to 2 years prison on the 17th Sept 1868 for the theft of a knife from the Forth Hotel and assault.
still alive March 1866

Convict Changes History

Daniel Wright on 14th August, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1802 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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