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James Barnes

James Barnes, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Barnes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Bristol Quarter Sess.
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 373 (188)
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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Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 wrote:

Medical Journal of Ocean for 21 June 1817 to 16 Jan 1818, by George Fairfowl.
ADM 101/57/8/11817-1817

Folio 3: James Barnes, Convict, aged 21; disease or hurt, pains in left side impeding respiration, headache and vertigo. Taken ill, 30 August 1817. Recovered but weak 4 September 1817.

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 wrote:

Folio 8: James Barnes, Convict, aged 21; disease or hurt, headache, fit and delirium. Taken ill, 2 October 1817. While convalescing from his previous illness Barnes was allowed to walk the deck but was observed to be following Surgeon Fairfowl wherever he went and appeared very downcast and melancholy. After first complaining of a headache he was seized by a fit during the night, followed by delirium. Surgeon Fairfowl concluded that the disease was ‘more of the mind than of the body’ and must relate to a previously undisclosed crime. Barnes was told that his illness was very serious and that he should make his peace with God and man. The following day he confessed to murdering a woman in Scotland two years previously. He signed a confession and was sent home by order of Rear Admiral Hamp[...], Commander in Chief at St Helena.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th March, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

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