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John Bodle

James Smyth, one of 264 convicts transported on the Maria Somes, 22 April 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Bodle
Aliases: James, Smyth
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 22 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 22 years
Ship: Maria Somes
Departure date: 22nd April, 1844
Arrival date: 30th July, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 263 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 55 (29) Name Year1871 Place Tasmania, Australia Description AU6103-1871 Tasmania Reports of Crime 1871
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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scott young on 5th June, 2016 wrote:

Entered as James Smyth in VDL , real name James Bodle , a real piece of work , was originally charged at Maidstone with murdering his Grandfather with arsenic several years prior ,blamed his father for it , then his brother , he was finally acquitted ,due to a lack of evidence and his determination in throwing the jury doubts ,he was then charged with Extortion (no extortion sentences above) of a Lords butler of money , if the butler didn’t comply he would have the butler accused of an unnatural crime, butler put him in first. Irony has it that he secured work as a butler in Tasmania . John was last known to have secured his Masters pass and boarded a ship in 1852 in Tas and disappeared into Melbourne. In 1871 the Chief District Constable in Hobart requested knowledge of his whereabouts .

Convict Changes History

scott young on 5th June, 2016 made the following changes:

term: 22 years (prev. 20 years), source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 55 (29) Name Year1871 Place Tasmania, Australia Description AU6103-1871 Tasmania Reports of Crime 1871 (prev. Austra

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