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James Claridge

James Claridge, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Claridge
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1790
Occupation: Stonemason
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Oxford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 122
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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Anonymous on 30th September, 2011 wrote:

Van Diemen’s Land was the original name used by most Europeans for the island of Tasmania, now part of Australia. The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to land on the shores of Tasmania. Landing at Blackman’s Bay and later having the Dutch flag flown at North Bay, Tasman named the island Anthoonij van Diemenslandt in honour of Anthony van Diemen, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies who had sent Tasman on his voyage of discovery in 1642. Between 1772 and 1798 only the South East of the island was visited. Tasmania was not known to be an island until Matthew Flinders and George Bass circumnavigated it in the Norfolk in 1798-99.

In 1803, the island was colonised by the British as a penal colony with the name Van Diemen’s Land, and became part of the British colony of New South Wales. In 1824, Van Diemen’s Land became a colony in its own right.

The demonym for Van Diemen’s Land was ‘Van Diemonian’, though contemporaries used Vandemonian, possibly as a play on words relating to the colony’s penal origins.[1]

In 1856 the colony was granted responsible self-government with its own representative parliament, and the name of the island and colony was changed to Tasmania.

D Wong on 12th August, 2019 wrote:

13/2/1813 Windsor and Eton Express Berkshire, England:
On Wednesday James Claridge, Robert Turner, and William Lawford, were committed, charged with burglariously breaking into the dwelling-house of Richard Lankford, at Hailey, and stealing thereout a quantity of green bacon, a silver tea spoon, and other articles, his property.

William Lawford was also on board, no ship found for Robert Turner.

James Claridge was listed as 23 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Oxford.

James was 5’5ΒΌ” tall, fair sallow complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes.

24/9/1823 Sydney Gazette:
James Claridge, Sydney - TOL

1825 Muster: Stonemason, in Sydney.

First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 8 December 1826
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
Details: Patrick Powers in government service, charged with having stolen property in his possession for which he could not account. James Claridge states - I was at work yesterday at the Commissariat stores I had occasion to go into the stores and I left my waistcoat outside on the Stones, on my return, John Hunter who occasionally assists me at work told me to look out for my waistcoat. I did so, it was gone. I thought Hunter had taken it and I searched him, but he had not got it. The waistcoat now before the court is that which was stolen from me. John Williams states - I was sent by the Chief Constable to the prisoner s barracks to watch what was going forward and to endeavour to find where the waistcoat was. I saw the waistcoat now before the court in Powers possession. I took it from him and delivered it to the Chief Constable. Several of the town gang were standing by at the time I got the waistcoat. The prisoner denies having ever seen the waistcoat in question. Patrick Powers sentenced to 50 lashes.

No date of death found.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 12th August, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1790 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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