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James Davis, one of 150 convicts transported on the Woodman, 01 December 1825
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 318. Tasmanian Archives - convict records. Old Bailey court.
||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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Nell Murphy on 23rd October, 2018 wrote:
James DAVIS (identifier 2, two men of this name on the same voyage) together with William NAYLOR, was convicted at Middlesex, London on 30 June 1825 for stealing from a dwelling house. Had been in Newgate prison before. Death sentence, commuted to Life transportation. Davis’ defence: “(written). I had worked at Claxton’s cotton manufactory for six years, and lost my arm by an accident with a steam engine, and after I recovered they could not employ me; I could get no work, and in a state of starvation was driven to the commission of this offence”. Aged 20 yrs at time of trial.
Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship ‘Woodman’ arriving there 1826.
Colony of VDL:
Assigned to work duties.
Clear conduct record - no misconduct notes.
28 July 1838: Conditional Pardon, no 1813, approved.
20 Oct 1842: Free Pardon approved, no. 132.
Convict Changes History
Nell Murphy on 23rd October, 2018 made the following changes:
source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 318. Tasmanian Archives - convict records. Old Bailey court. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5