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James Bent

James Bent, one of 350 convicts transported on the Coromandel, 25 June 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Bent
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1788
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1849
Age: 61 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 Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Kent. Maidstone Quarter Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Coromandel
Departure date: 25th June, 1838
Arrival date: 26th October, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 349 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 287 (145)
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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Anonymous on 31st August, 2011 wrote:

James BENT received his Ticket of Leave on 26 February, 1847 (Ref: CON 31/3) He accidentally drowned in the River Esk, Avoca, Tasmania on 29 January 1849.

Anonymous on 22nd July, 2012 wrote:

James Bent was transported for stealing a bushel of malt.  He was 51 years old and had been transported 14 years before for stealing lead, (cannot pin point which of the other 3 James Bents’ it could have been, or whether it was under another name).

Character very bad and convicted and transported before.
Surgeon’s Report: To be kept to hard labour on the public works by order of the Secretary of State.

James had grey eyes, black to grey hair, 5’1 3/4" tall, Wife Mary and 8 children at Maidstone, Kent.

James received his TOL in 1847 and had also applied for his family to be allowed to join him, which they did per the William Jardine in 1849, although by this time he must have drowned.  At the time of his death he was employed by Robert Foster.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 22nd July, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1788-00-00, date of death 1849-00-00, gender m

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