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James Dodd

James Dodd, one of 240 convicts transported on the Marquis of Hastings, 16 March 1839

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Dodd
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Essex Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Marquis of Hastings
Departure date: 16th March, 1839
Arrival date: 23rd July, 1839
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 240 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 3 (2)
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 21st July, 2011 wrote:

DODD, JAMES
Birth:  08 May 1810
Marriage/Relationship: 1857 - EMU BAY, Tasmania (BEST, JANE) 
Death: 1865 - NEW NORFOLK, Tasmania

EXTRA NOTES ABOUT JAMES DODD:
Launceston Examiner Tuesday 11 August 1863 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Article
Unsound Mind. - James Dodd a man of unsound mind who was en route from Torquay to the New Norfolk Asylum, in charge of District Constable Roberts, was also remanded to goal for a week, the warrant in his case having also been left at Torquay.

Launceston Examiner Tuesday 26 April 1864 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Article
TABLE CAPE. The Table Cape police have apprehended a man that answers to the description of the murderer of Alice Hughes. He has been in this neighborhood since shortly after the crime was committed, with the exception of a short visit t oVictoria. Some expression made use of by the man led the police to compare him with the description of Alice Hughes’ murderer, and finding his personal appearance answered to the description in all particulars they apprehended him. He gives his name as James Dodd alias J. McDonald. He was examined to-day by Geo. Shekleton, Esq., J.P., and stands remanded till a statement of his with refence to his place of abode at the time crime was committed can be verified or otherwise, and the Hobart Town authorities can be communicated with.  April 20, 1864

The Mercury Wednesday 11 May 1864 p 2 Article…
THe Suspected Murderer of Alice Hughes. - James Dodd, the man who was recently apprehended at Table Cape, as answering to the published description of the supposed murderer of the girl Alice Hughes at Bridgewater in the early part of 1859, arrived in town by Mr. Griffiths’ cutter on Sunday evening, in the custody of District Constable Challu. He was lodged in the watchhouse during the night, and was forwarded to Brighton by yesterday morning’s Hobart Town coach for identification and examination. - Examiner.

The Mercury Thursday 12 May 1864 p 3 Article…
PONTVILLE POLICE COURT. - Tuesday 10th May 1864. - Before the Worshipful the Warden.
MURDER. - James Dodd, alias McDonough, alias Jemmy the Rover, was brought up, having been remanded from Wynyard, on a charge of suspicion of having murdered Alice Hughes, in March, 1859.
Mr. Luke Kenny, Superintendent of Police, prayed that he might be remanded to the 17th instant, to enable him to have the necessary witnesses summoned for examination.
Remanded accordingly. This adds another to the long list of men charged on suspicion of this offence.

The Mercury Tuesday 17 May 1864 p 3 Article
POLICE COURT, PONTVILLE - Saturday 14th May 1864 - Before the Worshipful the Warden.
MURDER OF ALICE HUGHES. - James Dodd was again brought before the Bench charged by Mr. District Constable Chalu of Wynyard, Table Cape, for this offence.
The prisoner was ranked up in the office, with several men, to see if Mrs. Hughes, the mother of the murdered girl, could recognise among them, the man who called at the house at the time the murder was committed. She unhesitatingly said he was not among the men present. The prisoner was at once discharged.
The Destrict constable then applied for his eapenses, eight pounds, which his Worship, after being satisfied of the correctness of the demand, gave a certificate for, as also one for 10s. to Mrs. Hughes. It is to be hoped that the police will not apprehend parties for this offence, unless the grounds for suspicion are strong. The number of men already brought before the Bench on suspicion of being the murderer, has entailed a very heavy expenditure on the government.

Death: 1865 - NEW NORFOLK (Lunatic Asylum, in New Norfolk, Tasmania)

The following are the original extracts from the Essex Process Book for the 1st of January 1839 on the trial and conviction of the Hatfield Broad Oak Gang members.

Essex Indictments found at the General Quarter 1st January 1839 session of the peace of our sovereign Lady the queen 2c Victoria holden at Chelmsford in and for the said county of Essex on Tuesday the 1st day of January 1839.

Tuesday the 1st of January 1839 - Case No/20 (Harlow) – Page: 246-248
For stealing 3 Heifers - Joseph Harding the Elder, Prosecutor
(later believed Knighted by Queen Victoria)
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence to be Transported beyond the seas for the term of fifteen years to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council shall think fit to declare and appoint.
William Coe, late of the parish of Hatfield Broad Oak, Labourer.
Puts himself Guilty
The like sentence
John Dodd, late of the same place, Labourer.
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence for this and offence No/21 to be Transported beyond the seas for the term
of his natural life to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council
shall think fit to declare and appoint
James Dodd, late of the parish of Hatfield Broad Oak, Labourer
For recieving the said Heifers knowing them to be stolen
after a previous conviction for felony.

Tuesday the 1st of January 1839 - Case No/21 (Dunmow/Harlow) – Page: 248/249
For stealing 20 Lambs – Arthur Bentall, Prosecutor
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence to be further Transported beyond the seas for the term of fifteen years to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council shall think fit to declare and appoint
William Coe, late of the parish of Margaret Roothing, Labourer
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence to be further Transported beyond the seas for the term of fourteen years to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council shall think fit to declare and appoint John Dodd, Hatfield Broad Oak, Labourer
Puts himself Guilty
Sentence for this and offence No/20 to be Transported beyond the seas for the term
of his natural life to such place as Her Majesty with the advice of Her pivy council
shall think fit to declare and appoint
James Dodd, late of the same place, Labourer.
For recieving the said Lambs knowing them to be stolen the said
James Dodd after a previous conviction for felony.

Tuesday the 1st of January 1839 - Case No/22 (Dunmow) – Page: 249
For stealing two Heifers the said James Dodd after a previous conviction for felony
Thomas Milbank, Prosecutor
Puts himself Not Guilty
John Dodd, late of the parish of Margaret Roothing (Roding), Labourer
Puts himself Not Guilty
James Dodd, late of the same place, Labourer

On Friday the 11th of January 1839 the well read and respected “Chelmsford Chronicle” reported on the convictions and trail under the heading ‘The Hatfield Broad Oak Gang’ on page four.

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