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James Bennett

James Bennett, one of 305 convicts transported on the Maitland, 19 March 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Bennett
Aliases: John Ellis
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Seaman
Date of Death: 3rd January, 1849
Age: 44 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Kent Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Maitland
Departure date: 19th March, 1840
Arrival date: 14th July, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 305 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 164
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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D Wong on 4th October, 2018 wrote:

James Bennett was transported before - he arrived on the ‘Cambridge in 1827’, 7 years, as John Ellis.  See his profile page under the ‘Cambridge’.

7/1/1840 South Eastern Gazette Kent, England:
James Bennett, 36, for stealing two asses, value 80s., the property of Edward Cranfield, at Bromley.—Transported ten years.

James Bennett was 40 years old on arrival ; Native Place: Bristol.

James was literate, Protestant, single, 5’9½” tall, ruddy and a little freckled complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, crucifix, INRI, two angels, eight stars, and half moon on breast, scar back of third finger of right hand, J E J C surrounded by a wreath on upper left arm, scar back of third finger of left hand.

Sent to Cockatoo Island for four months for bad behaviour on board.

29/1/1841:Absconding ; 6 months in irons to commence at expiration of former sentence.

7/5/1841: 100 lashes ; drunk and disorderly.

21/5/1841: Maitland Stockade - James Bennett, Seaman, aged 41 from Bristol, 5’9½”, ruddy and a little reckled, brown hair, grey eyes, tattoos.  Absconded from the Stockade at Maitland in irons 18th May.

4/6/1841: Apprehended.

24/8/1841: Tried at the Maitland QS for absconding and having firearms.

1842: James Bennett arrived VDL per ‘Marian Watson’.

He was then described as: aged 37. a stone cutter and Quarryman, single, literate, 5’10½”.

3/1/1849: James Bennett died at the Colonial Hospital, Hobart, VDL. He was still on bond.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 4th October, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: John Ellis, date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 3rd January, 1849 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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