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James Bonell

James Bonell, one of 190 convicts transported on the Mangles, 29 March 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Bonell
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 26th December, 1802
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: 12th March, 1885
Age: 82 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Salop Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 29th March, 1820
Arrival date: 7th August, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 281 (142)
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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Community Contributions

Jennifer Dore on 24th January, 2016 wrote:

Ticket of Leave was granted 6 July 1826
Certificate of Freedom granted 7 April 1837

Jennifer Dore on 24th January, 2016 wrote:

James obtained his ticket of leave on 6 July 1829 and certificate of freedom on 7 April 1837.  He married in 1835 to Charlotte (nee Brown).  They had six children in Australia. 1 in NSW and 5 in Victoria.  James was listed as a Licensed Victualler (Publican).  In 1847 he returned to Walsall, Staffordshire where he had another son.  In 1849 he and his family returned to South Australia.  Another 5 children were born.

Maureen Withey on 15th August, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary’s Office, Sydney
3d November, 1835.
WHERE AS it has been represented to the Government that Warrants have issued on the charge of Cattle Stealing, for the apprehension of James Bonnell, George Trapp, and Mark Lyland, or Liddane, free by servitude, whose descriptions are annexed ; together with one Edward McDonald supposed to be free, but whose identity is not yet ascertained. — Notice is hereby given, that any Person who shall cause either of the said Offenders to be apprehended and lodged in any of His Majesty’s Gaols will be allowed, if free, a Reward of Twenty Pounds, or if a Prisoner of the Crown, he will be recommended to His Majesty for a Conditional Pardon.

James Benell, per ship Mangles (1), was tried at Salop Assizes, 4th August, 1819; sentence 14
Native Place, Litchfield; Calling, Labourer; Year of Birth, 1802.
Height, 5 feet 2½ and upwards
Complexion, Dark Pale, Hair, Black; Eyes, Dark.
General Remarks, has not applied for a Certificate.

Convict Changes History

Jennifer Dore on 24th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 12th March, 1885 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Jennifer Dore on 24th January, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 26th December, 1802 (prev. 0000), date of death: 12th March, 1885 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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