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James Chard

James Chard, one of 180 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Chard
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1776
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 27th March, 1856
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: August, 1817
Arrival date: 1st January, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 379 (191)
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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Y. Ennis on 14th April, 2017 wrote:

Arrived un Australia 10/01/1818
Married Harriet Sly 28/12/1819

D Wong on 15th April, 2017 wrote:

16/1/1817 Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser, Exeter, Eng:
Robbery, and Apprehension of a Robber.—Saturday evening. Mr. W. Parker, of Ubley, on his return from Bristol, was stopped between the 5th and 6th mile-stones, by three footpads, who robbed him of his watch, two 5l, and a few 1l notes, with some silver. Mr. Parker immediately returned to Bristol, and acquainted Roberts, the night constable, and Scholes, of Bedminster, with the circumstances; and on Sunday they apprehended Jas. Chard, one of the robbers, at his house in Church Street, Great-Gardens. He is a native of Taunton, six feet high, and stout of proportion. He had not been in custody many hours, before three other persons swore to his having robbed them within the last three weeks. His hat was lined with rope, to protect his head, and he generally wore a white frock. He confessed that he had committed four robberies within the last three weeks, and disclosed the names of his accomplices in robbing Mr Parker, but they have not yet been taken. Chard is fully committed to Ilchester gaol for trial.

James was the son of John Chard 1757 and Jane Poole 1756.

26/12/1803: Married Rebecca Lee Dinscombe at Taunton, Somersetshire. The children were: Sarah Chard4 b. c 1804
Elizabeth Chard b. 14 Apr 1806, d. c 1822
John Chard b. 25 Dec 1807, d. 31 Mar 1888
James Chard b. c 1809, d. c 1809
James Chard b. c 1810, d. 27 Mar 1856
Jane Chard b. c 1811, d. a 1822
Thomas Chard b. 18 Mar 1814, d. 20 Mar 1904

17/3/1823: Rebecca and two sons, John and Thomas sailed per ‘Jupiter’ from England and arrived in Sydney on 25/11/1823.

1828 Census: James Chard and Rebecca Lee Dinscombe appeared on the census of 1828 at NSW.  Also in the household were Thomas Chard and John Chard; and are shown as farmers at Botany on 90 acres with 30 acres cleared and 20 under cultivation. They had two cattle.

14/10/1836: Wife Rebecca Lee Dinscombe died at Pitt Street, Sydney.

20/2/1837: Married Elizabeth Flamston (widow of John Sly (Admiral Gambier and Friends 1811) who was hung at Sydney Gaol on 28/12/1829).

27/3/1856: James Chard died Taunton Far, Moorefields, St. George, NSW., and was buried at the Methodist Cemetery Moorefields, NSW.

Convict Changes History

Y. Ennis on 14th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1776 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 15th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 27th March, 1856 (prev. 0000), crime

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