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James Ford

James Ford, one of 224 convicts transported on the Eliza, 02 February 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Ford
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 12th May, 1811
Occupation: Ag lab
Date of Death: 18th July, 1890
Age: 79 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Machine breaking
Convicted at: Hampshire. Portsmouth Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 2nd February, 1831
Arrival date: 29th May, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 224 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 5
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

Pam McGrath on 19th September, 2017 wrote:

James Sandle Ford was one of 12 children born to John Ford and (Mary) Ann Russell. 
As a result of the Hampshire Machine-breakers’ industrial action in 1830, James Sandle Ford was convicted to 7 years transportation to VDL.  He was originally held in the prison hulk YORK in 1831 before transportation on the Eliza II.
James Sandle Ford lived near Burnie, working as a shepherd for the Van Diemen’s Land Company until he got his Ticket-of-Leave.  After serving his sentence he sailed with John Pascoe Fawkner from Launceston as a free settler on the ENTERPRIZE in December 1836.  After a period at Darebin Creek, he settled at Point Nepean in 1842-43.  In 1844 he applied for the pastoral run ‘Point Nepean’.
He is credited with naming ‘Portsea’ in Victoria after Portsea in Hampshire and being the first permanent settler at Portsea.
He built his own lime kiln and later developed land and held grazing rights on much of the Mornington Peninsula.  By 1845 his farm known as ‘The Station’ was well established.  He built the first pier at Portsea.  He started a bar, which later became the original Nepean Hotel.
James Sandle Ford was a pioneer settler and he is buried in an Early Settlers Grave in the Quarantine Cemetery Reserve.
Sources: England Births & Christenings 1538-2008; Tasmanian Convict Records; Victorian BDM Indexes; Victorian Probate Records; IGI Family Search; Australian Joint Copying Project; Article titled “The ‘Captain Swing’ riots: Part 1 in Family Tree Magazine May 2000; Publication by Jill Chambers on the Swing Riots and Machine Breakers.

Convict Changes History

Pam McGrath on 19th September, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 12th May, 1811 (prev. 0000), date of death: 18th July, 1890 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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