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James Bruce

James Bruce, one of 200 convicts transported on the Surrey, 15 July 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Bruce
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 6th August, 1791
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 18th April, 1874
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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Southampton Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 15th July, 1831
Arrival date: 26th November, 1831
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 136
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

D Wong on 19th September, 2016 wrote:

Margaret Tucker Moxon (15) at 3:36pm, 19th September 2016 wrote of James Bruce:

Assigned to A.J Mackenzie, a banker and pastoralist at Dochairn, Bathurst in Dec 1831; Wife Sarah Ann (nee) Burney arrived unsponsored on the Sir thomas Munro in 1833 with sons James 12, Henry 16 mo. Four more children born at Kelso, NSW.  Gravestone at Kelso church.

Heather Stevens on 7th August, 2020 wrote:

Hampshire Telegraph 7 Mar 1831: Lent Assizes: Death recorded - James Bruce, for stealing various articles from the dwelling place of Elizabeth Pinnock, of Southampton. Convicted for burglary, the death sentence was commuted to transportation for life. 

Convict Indent: Age 40, can read and write, Protestant with 2 male children, native place Arbroath (Scotland), Trade or calling seaman, millwright, labourer, Offence robbing pantry, Tried Southampton Assizes 26th February 1831, sentenced to Life, no former convictions, 5ft 5in, ruddy much pock-pitted, grey hair, light grey eyes, horizontal scar over his left eye.  

29 April 1831 received on the hulk ‘Leviathan’ moored at Portsmouth ‘age 38’.

Ticket of Leave 1840

Conditional Pardon 1848

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 19th September, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 6th August, 1791 (prev. 0000), date of death: 18th April, 1874 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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