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James Filer

James Filer, one of 330 convicts transported on the Lord Lyndoch, 02 April 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Filer
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: 12th September, 1840
Age: 32 years

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 Life

Crime: Wounding with intent
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Lyndoch
Departure date: 2nd April, 1838
Arrival date: 8th August, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 329 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 234
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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D Wong on 11th April, 2020 wrote:

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Somerset, England
17 Aug 1837:
James Filer, aged 29, was indicted for maliciously cutting and wounding Sarah Pearce, with intent murder her at Wells, on the 13th July last.
Mr Jardine and Mr. Kinglake conducted the prosecution; Mr. Stone defended the
Sarah Pearce examined.  I am a widow, residing at High street, Wells.  My husband has been dead four months.  He was a dealer in earthenware, which business I have carried on since his decease.  The prisoner at the bar was employed to carry about the country.  In the afternoon, at five o’clock, of the 13th July, the prisoner drank tea with me.  During tea-time he asked me to marry him.  I said, ‘You have a wife and two children ; but if you were a single man I would not marry you.’  He then siad I should have no one else ; adding, ‘You shall surely die in your sins.’  After this he went out of the house, and came back about six o’clock, and then again about a quarter before eight.  Edited, as this is a long trial…....
He asked her again to marry him, she said no, he stabbed her 3 times with a knife…..Mr. Stone attributed the perpetration of the offence to a sudden fit of insanity…..Jury returned a verdict of guilty….sentenced to death.
The prisoner had more the appearance of a quiet inoffensive man than that of a man likely to commit murder.  He held his head down, and covered his face with his handkerchief during the trial, and when he was taken out of court was not able to stand.

James Filer was listed as 29 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Somersetshire.

James was literate, RC, Married with 1 male and 1 female children, 5’3½” tall, dark sallow complexion, brown mixed with grey hair, grey eyes, nose large and broad, two scars on left side of forehead, scar on palm of left hand, near the forefinger, scar on back of middle and third fingers of same.

12/9/1840: Convict Death Register - James died at Parramatta.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), date of death: 12th September, 1840 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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