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James Ely

James Ely, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], 12 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Ely
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Essex Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th May, 1820
Arrival date*: 12th January, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 306. Tasmanian Archives. Trove newspapers online.
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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Community Contributions

Nell Murphy on 21st October, 2019 wrote:

James ELY was convicted at Essex, England on 4 March 1820.  14 yr transportation sentence. Sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ship “Guildford” 1820.

Aged 19yrs; labourer; 5’4 1/2”; dark complexion; black hair; dark eyes.
Native place of birth: Essex, England.

Colony of VDL:
Assigned to work service
14 March 1835: Convicted for stealing a cow. 4 yrs to be spent in the Launceston Chain Gang.
7 July 1838: Accessory to the murder of Samuel Day. Committed for trial. On same date, robbing the stores of Joseph Solomon at Evandale. Also entering the dwelling house of E Bryant. Sentence - to be hanged, commuted to Life sentence.
Sent to Norfolk Island (off the east coast of New South Wales). Returned to VDL 1844.

Nell Murphy on 21st October, 2019 wrote:

APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION TO MARRY:
30 June 1830 - James ELY (Guildford) to Elizabeth BOUCHER (Mary Ann). Approved.

MARRIAGE:
27 Sept 1830 - James ELY (Ticket of Leave status) to Elizabeth BOUCHER (convict) at St. Johns Church of England, Launceston.  (ref. 36/1/1 no. 1503.

CHILD:
Ann ELY born 3 May 1834 at Launceston. Parents - James & Elizabeth ELY.  Farmers. (ref. 32/1/3 no. 1064)

Nell Murphy on 21st October, 2019 wrote:

JAMES ELY turns BUSHRANGER:
1838: “James Ely, one of the five bushrangers
and for whose capture a reward of one hundred sovereigns and a free pardon has been offered by the government, was fully committed for trial, on three capital charges, viz_accessory to the murder of Samuel Day—robbing the stores of Joseph Solomon, on the 21st September, 1837, and with burglary in the dwelling house of E. Bryant, Esq., on the 9th June 1838”. (ref. Hobart Town Courier 29 June 1838)

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 21st October, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 306. Tasmanian Archives (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 306), gender: m

Nell Murphy on 21st October, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), occupation

Nell Murphy on 21st October, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 306. Tasmanian Archives. Trove newspapers online. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Num

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