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James Binks

James Binks, one of 204 convicts transported on the Phoenix, 29 March 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Binks
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 19th August, 1805
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 11th January, 1890
Age: 84 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Phoenix
Departure date: 29th March, 1824
Arrival date: 21st July, 1824
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 203 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 131 (67)
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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Jane on 19th December, 2015 wrote:

At the age of “14” (actually 16) on May 7th 1822, James Binks was caught stealing 9 yards of lace, valued at 30 shillings, from a Haberdashery Shop in Goswell Street, Islington and was sentenced at The Old Bailey on Wednesday May 29th to Transportation for life to Van Diemen’s Land. 
882. JAMES BUCKS was indicted for stealing, on the 7th May, nine yards of lace, value 30s, the goods of John Veall, privately in his shop.
JOHN VEALL. I am a haberdasher, and live at Islington.  On the 7th May about twelve o’clock the prisoner came in with another boy, who asked for some pins - I came forward suspecting them, and told the young man to take the lace box off the counter, as it stood near them ; they said they only had 2d., and left without buying any
thing.  I had put this lace in the box two days before, but did not miss it till the officers brought it.
RICHARD WHITE. I am Mr Vaill’s servant.  I was
putting the laces in order when the boys came in.  When I brought the pins the prisoners said they wanted some at 2½d., he stood nearest to the lace box ; it is worth 34s. 6d.
DANIEL VAUGHAN. I am the Revenue officer. On the 7th of April between one and two o’clock, I heard a cry of Stop thief! in Goswell-street; the prisoner and three others were running away, and was crying Stop thief! himself - but I stopped him as he was being pursued.  I found the lace in his hat which Mr. Veall claimed.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY. Aged 14.
Transported for Life.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
note: “BINKS” is incorrectly spelt as “BUCKS”.  The Index to “The Whole Proceedings…..” has his name spelt correctly.

He spent one month at Newgate Prison and was then transferred to the Prison Hulk “Retribution” at Sheerness on June 29th 1822.  After almost one year he was transferred on April 14th 1823 to the Prison Hulk “Bellerophon” also at Sheerness. His Hulk reports were that he was unknown, also indifferent at “Retribution”, double ironed once, solitary confinement once at the ship.
The Chaplain of the “Retribution”, the Reverend Price, recommended that a frigate be fitted up for the reception and imprisonment of “juvenile depredators” rather than have them spread throughout different gaols and hulks.  As a result the Bellerophon become a prison bulk for about 320 male juvenile offenders at Sheerness in 1823.  The Bellerophon was the 74 gun “man o’ war” that brought Napoleon to England after his surrender on July 15th 1815 at the battle of Waterloo.
James Binks was discharged from the hulk Bellerophon to the ship “Phoenix” on March 22nd 1824 to be transported to Van Diemen’s Land.

Convict Changes History

Jane on 19th December, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 19th August, 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 11th January, 1890 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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