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James Drury

James Drury, one of 180 convicts transported on the Chapman, 06 April 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Drury
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 Life

Crime: Forgery
Convicted at: Norfolk Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Chapman
Departure date: 6th April, 1824
Arrival date: 27th July, 1824
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 142
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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Maureen Withey on 20th April, 2022 wrote:

Norfolk Lent Assizes.
Ann Rummer, aged 20, Elizabeth Trindle, aged 29, and James Drury, aged 22, were severally indicted for forging a one pound note upon the banking house Messrs. Harveys and Hudsons, of Norwich, on the 30th of July last, at Acle, with intent to defraud the said Messrs. Harveys and Hudsons.  The second count in the indictment charged the prisoners simply with having disposed of the said note, knowing the same to be forged and there were two other counts in the indictment, one charging them with having forged such note with intent to defraud one Robert Goodings, and the other charging them with having passed the same to the said Robt. Goodings, knowing it to be forged,  with the like intent.  Hezekiah Martin, driver the Yarmouth coach from Norwich, deposed that deposed that on fair-day, the 29th or 30th of July, he took up a man, two women, and a child, just out of Norwich; they all got down together at the Queen’s Head, Acle, their fare was 6s.; they gave him a 1£. note, which he changed; did not know what banker’s note it was ; left the prisoners at Acle; thinks the prisoners are very much like the persons took up, on his cross examination, said he could not go any further than thinking the prisoners were the persons; never heard any thing more of the note, which he paid away.  William Bond, the waiter of the Queen’s Head Acle, stated that the prisoners were very much like three persons who came the Yarmouth coach from Norwich on the 30th July last, to his master’s inn; he did not see them till they were in the house; they breakfasted together, and staid about hour; he received a one-pound note from the man for the reckoning; it was one on the Norwich Crown Bank, Messrs. Harveys and Hudsons - gave them 16s. 8d. change out of it; he did not know which way they went upon leaving the house, got change for two notes of some bank m that morning which had never come back. Cross-examined.—There were not many persons came by the coach that morning; the change for appeared to be both had a crown on; he could not read; did not know the name of the person he took the other note of; he was a respectable looking gentleman; did not put the notes together; put no mark upon them did not get both of them …
Norfolk Chronicle, 22 March 1823.


At the close of the trials, his Lordship proceeded to pass sentence of death upon Ann Rummer, Elizabeth Trindle, James Drury, Wm. Bean alias Church, Wm. Shreeve alias Jefferies, alias Read, Wm. Steel, John Alden alias Rutts, Robert Morley, Thos. Williams, Thos. Cooper alias Draper, and Thos. Smith alias Johnson, Wm. Bone, Sand. Fitt, John Fitt, Thomas Wiles, John Lock, Wm. Bray, Edward Turvy, Matthew Craven, and Saml. Baccy; but all were reprieved before his Lordship’s leaving Thetford, except Bray, to whom he gave not the least hopes of pardon, but most impressively exhorted him not to lose one moment in preparing himself to undergo the dreadful sentence of the law.
Norfolk Chronicle, 29 March 1823.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 20th April, 2022 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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