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James Button

James Button, one of 400 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 07 November 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Button
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 26th March, 1792
Occupation: Ag lab
Date of Death: 8th May, 1838
Age: 46 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing a pig
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 7th November, 1837
Arrival date: 1st April, 1838
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 399 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 203 (103)
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

John Dawson-edwards on 1st August, 2012 wrote:

His son William was also sent to VDL on the Asiatic leaving UK on May 26 1843

Patricia Button on 10th September, 2016 wrote:

Died in His Majesty’s Colonial Hospital, Hobart. Buried at that site, now Campbell Street School which has a memorial in the school grounds to convicts buried there.

Re his son William. I have looked at the record of William - he does not appear to be the William on the Asiatic who was 13 when convicted. His mother is named as Mary (not Hannah) and siblings (?) names do not match.

James’s son William was baptized at Westleton, Suffolk 24 Jan 1819. He became a sailor.

BT 119/2 - William Button b. Thobertin (Theberton?), aged 24 in 1843 BT 98/547 ‘c’ ship from Yarmouth. ‘Children’s Adventurer’ 39 1/2 ton lugger. William Button 24 joined 15/5/1843 at Lowescroft - first voyage.
Theberton is about 2 miles from Westleton to the south.  Lowes(t)croft is to the north - 15 miles as the ‘crow flies’. According to family stories William jumped ship in South Australia some time prior to marrying Margaret Flanagan at Willunga in March 1850.

Convict Changes History

John Dawson-edwards on 1st August, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1792-03-26, gender m

Patricia Button on 10th September, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 8th May, 1838 (prev. 0000)

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