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James Carrett

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Carrett
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Returning from transportation
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Calcutta
Departure date: February, 1803
Arrival date: 4th October, 1803
Place of arrival New South Wales [Port Phillip]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 293 other convicts


Primary source: Colonial Secretary Index. Leeds Intelligencer, 31 May 1802.
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Maureen Withey on 24th September, 2020 wrote:

On Monday last, ... James Carrett and William Baxter, for stealing a tankard, to be transported for seven years. 
Leeds Intelligencer 19 Jan 1801.

On Wednesday morning the following six male convicts left York castle, in order to be delivered on board the hulks laying up the River Thames below Woolwich, viz. William Barber, Matthew Dawtry, Thos. Smith, James Carrett, Wm. Baxter, and Samuel Todd.
Leeds Intelligencer, 30 Mar 1801.

James Carrett escaped at some point.

... and James Carrett, for returning from transportation before the expiration of his time, were severally found guilty, and received sentence of death.
Leeds Intelligencer, 15 March 1802.

Last week the following male convicts left York castle, in order to be delivered board the Hulks, at Langston Harbour, near Portsmouth, viz ... James Carrett,  ... transported during the term of their natural lives.
Leeds Intelligencer, 31 May 1802.

Colonial Secretary Index.

CARRETT, James. Per “Calcutta”, 1803.

1812 Dec 26 - Runaway in Van Diemen’s Land. Petition for mitigation of sentence for capture of John McCabe & John Townsend, bushrangers (Fiche 3171; 4/1848 pp.309-13)

Maureen Withey on 25th September, 2020 wrote:

Petition dated December 20th 1812 from : Thomas Tombs, James Carrett and William Thompson
“TO: Major Geils, the 73rd Regiment Commandant of Van Diemens Land
The humble Petition of Thomas Tombs, James Carrett and William Thompson, Prisoners for Life,  Most humbly sheweth
“That your Petitioners are of that unfortunate description of person named bushrangers who never were guilty of any outrage since their arrival in this country, and whose crime arises in deserting from their Government employ - preferring a life of quiet in the bush to that of Government employ.
“That your petitioners at the time of their desertion fled to the western mountains from thence towards Cape Barren and to the straits far from either settlements where, one hundred and eighty miles from this and one hundred from Port Dalrymple and there lived upon the casual supply furnished by their dogs, sooner than interfere with the peaceable and well disposed part of the community.
“That your petitioners returning from the Straits towards Oyster Bay fell in with two men collecting seal skins who informed them that they had now a fair opportunity of availing themselves of a Pardon, as there was a proclamation issued by Your Honor for the detention of John McCabe and John Townsend, two most notorious offenders as specified in it. being free of a life which afforded nothing but Emue and Kangaroo and that sometimes a precarious supply, and afraid to return knowing the punishment we deserved, we determined however desperate the attempt to hunt them all over the Island been 9??) our lives bringing them in to obtain that blessing offer (of a pardon) we enquired of the two men, who gave us the information, what part of the country we might go in quest of them - the men replied the last time they were head of, they were at New Norfolk where they were seen by a Government Stock Keeper named King in the act of firing among the Government men.
“The step we had before us was a desperate one - how to avoid the soldiers and fall in with them, We however travelled forty miles from the lower part of Oyster Bay towards New Norfolk as necessity required we should keep as clear as possible of the district and at Peopers (?) Plains being after a morning hunt and returning with two kangaroos to when rekindled a fire one of your petitioners (Graved Thompson) fortunately fell in with them - he knew McCabe at Sidney - and after some conversation sought to prevail upon him to join petitioner’s companions which both of them positively refused.  The next day however, your petitioners contrived to fall in with them and found they were well prepared with muskets and ammunition and knowing them to be desperate men and we only three ill provided, it was xx your petitioners should act causiously [sic] we remained with them a few days and found means to divide them when we secured both with kangaroo cord and conducted them to town.
Petitioners relying on Your Honour’s proclamation most humbly beg that you will condescend to tend your influence on their behalf with his Excellency the Governor in Chief of New South Wales for which Your Petitioners will ever pray in Duty Bound.
Hobart Town
December 20th 1812.
Signed by Thomas Tombs and the marks of James Carrett and William Thompson.


Convicts Index 1791-1873

James Carrett, Ship Calcutta, 1803, Conditional Pardon,  Date: 31 Jan 1813.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 24th September, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Colonial Secretary Index. Leeds Intelligencer, 31 May 1802. (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Carrett, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 0000, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation

Maureen Withey on 25th September, 2020 made the following changes:

convicted at

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