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James Dunsford

James Dunsford, one of 180 convicts transported on the Dunvegan Castle, 28 September 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Dunsford
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 6th November, 1808
Occupation: Indoor servant
Date of Death: 17th August, 1881
Age: 72 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Bristol (City) Session of Peace Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Dunvegan Castle
Departure date: 28th September, 1829
Arrival date: 13th March, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 193 (99)
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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Carolyn Sim on 25th November, 2019 wrote:

Died in Young, NSW, Australia

D Wong on 25th November, 2019 wrote:

16/4/1829 North Devon Journal Devon, England:
John Radnidge, Zephaniah Stallard, John Peters, and James Dunsford, were indicted for an assault and highway robbery.
Anthony Burgess, a half-witted country labourer, who works for Mr. Brain, and is extremely deaf, deposed that on Old Christmas eve he came to Bristol to pay his club money; about eight o’clock at night the prisoner robbed him in High street of four sovereigns, and ten shillings in silver.
Verdict of Guilty against each of them.  Sentence of Death recorded, and all of them will be transported for life.

John Radnidge, Zephaniah Stallard and John Peters all arrived NSW per ‘Claudine’ 1829.

James Dunsford was listed as 23 years old on arrival (born 1806).

Native Place: Somerset.

James was literate, protestant, married, no children, 5’2ΒΌ” tall, dark ruddy freckled complexion, brown hair and eyes, mermaid JD NI D, crucifixion on left arm.

Assigned to E. Keith, Sydney.

1841??: TOL Yass.

29/5/1857: Married Mary Ann Maddocks/Maddicks at Bathurst, NSW.
Mary Ann was 17 years old, born 1840.
Children: (NSW BDM)
1858: John b Bathurst
1862: Sarah E b Binalong.

1869: Free-selection of land taken up - 320 acres, Stoney Creek.

1874: Selected 160a at Young.
Listed as James Dunsford Senior, so must have had a son, James.

10/3/1883 The Burrangong Argus, NSW:
MARCH 1st, at St. John’s Church, Young, by the Rev. J. M. Ware, WILLIAM SHENNAN, blacksmith of Mergula, Cobar, to MARY ANN, widow of the late James DUNSFORD, farmer, Stony Greek, Young.
[Registered as SHENAN.]

Convict Changes History

Carolyn Sim on 25th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 6th November, 1808 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1881 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 25th November, 2019 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

Carolyn Sim on 23rd December, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 17th August, 1881 (prev. 1881)

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