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James Camm

James Camm, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Camm
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1776
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 30th April, 1832
Age: 56 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 351 (175). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?detail=1&type=C&id=10360
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

Carol Axton-Thompson on 12th January, 2013 wrote:

James Camm was transferred to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) from NSW on the ‘Active’, arriving 1802.

Born Nottingham; labourer; aged 36yrs in 1802; blue eyes; dk brown hair; 5’6 1/2”.

Tried & convicted at Kent in 1802 - Life sentence (crime not recorded in conduct book).

11/08/1815: Assault Mr. Mann - 200 lashes.
06/01/1816: Attempt to rob P. Miller - 50 lashes.

Ticket of Leave granted.

05/10/1818: TL/Drunk & disorderly - Fined 5/-.
13/01/1824: Assault & beat wife and J. McKenna - to forfeit Ticket of Leave.
19/06/1826: TL/Bound over to keep the peace towards J. McKenna, for 6mths.
30/06/1826: TL/Drunk & disorderly - reprimand.
06/07/1826: TL/Out after hours - reprimand.
22/09/1826: TL/Absent from Muster & Church - rep.
10/10/1826: TL/Disorderly in street - chg dismissed.
03/02/1827: TL/Beating wife - chg dismissed.
22/10/1828: TL/Endeavour to defraud R. Caldwell of a bag of sugar & 3 pounds and defraud T. C….of 25 pounds - to forfeit Ticket of Leave and labor 12mths in Chain Gang.
29/12/1828: Ch Gang/Abscond at New Norfolk and remain absent until recaptured near Hobart - 50 lashes and returned to Chain Gang.
10/02/1829: Abscond from Ch Gang at New Norfolk - remand before Police Magistrate at New Norfolk.
16/02/1829: To be removed to penal settlement for 3yrs.
01/06/1829: Chain Gang: Breaking the gaol at Deep Gulley with intent to escape - remanded to penal settlement.
29/03/1832: PW/Seising, stealing and carrying away the brig ‘Cyprus’ from Research Bay.

31/03/1832: Hobart - Death sentence.

30/04/1832: Executed, at Hobart.
30/04/1832: Buried, Hobart.

Greg Tangey on 5th October, 2016 wrote:

James Camm was transferred to VDL in 1814, not 1802. He first arrived in NSW in 1804.

Cheryl Nielsen on 6th May, 2020 wrote:

James married Mary Barnett another convict and they had three sons together. William, James and Richard. Mary died in 1827.

Cheryl Nielsen on 6th May, 2020 wrote:

James was buried in St Davids Burial Ground Hobart Town on the day of his execution.

Maureen Withey on 16th June, 2020 wrote:

https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD36-1-1p48j2k  Marriage in District of Hobart Town 1816.
James Cann, age 33, prisoner, per, Coromandel, and Mary Barnett, age 23, prisoner, per Alexander, were married 3 August 1816, by banns.  Both signed with their X.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 12th January, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1796, date of death 30th April, 1832, gender, occupation

Carol Axton-Thompson on 12th January, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1766

Greg Tangey on 5th October, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1776 (prev. 1766)

Cheryl Nielsen on 6th May, 2020 made the following changes:


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