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James Cole

James Cole, one of 376 convicts transported on the Fairlie, 14 October 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Cole
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Ferryman
Date of Death: 1885
Age: 68 years

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 14 years

Crime: Stealing a pig
Convicted at: Somerset Quarter Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Fairlie
Departure date: 14th October, 1833
Arrival date: 15th February, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 375 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 242
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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Phil Hands on 1st November, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Somerset Quarter Sessions on 1st July 1833 for stealing a pig, sentenced to transportation for 14 years.
Left England on 27th October 1833.
Ship:- the ‘Fairlie’ sailed with 376 male convicts on board of which 4 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 15th February 1834.

Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser Wednsday 10th July 1833 p. 7
Fourteen Years…James Cole, stealing a pig of Geo. Challenger…

Married Mary Gutsell (daughter of convict John Gutsell aka Gould, ‘Fanny’ 1816 and Frances Tomsett, ‘Northampton’ 1815) in 1840 in the Hawkesbury District of NSW, they had 11 children between 1843-1867.

James Cole was by occupation a farmer. With Thomas Pinkerton he also operated a public punt over the Hawkesbury River at Peats Ferry, and as Postmaster at Peat’s Ferry, Hawkesbury River, he had a mail contract for one day a week. Unfortunately farming in the area of the Hawkesbury River was precarious because of the large floods that occurred. As a result he was before the Insolvency Court on more than one occasion.

In June 1883 John Cole experienced a tragic accident on his property when a young man, Henry Robinson, was accidentally shot dead when a rifle used to shoot birds called a “fowling piece” accidentally discharged.

Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 7th March 1885 p. 1
February 26th 1885, at his residence, Peat’s Ferry, Hawkesbury River, after a short illness, James Cole, aged 72 years, leaving a wife and nine children to mourn their loss. A resident of the Hawkesbury River for forty five years.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 1st November, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1817 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1885 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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