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James Fordham

James Fordham, one of 171 convicts transported on the Ocean, 22 April 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Fordham
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1880
Age: 84 years

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 14 years

Crime: Receiving stolen property
Convicted at: Cambridge Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Ocean
Departure date: 22nd April, 1823
Arrival date: 27th August, 1823
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 174 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 37 (20)
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

Leeta Rutherford on 22nd July, 2012 wrote:

James was convicted for receiving stolen silver spoons from William Hanscombe (another convict which was transported for life for breaking and entry). According to a newspaper article at the time, the judge was sick of people receiving stolen goods and wanted to make an example of James, thus he gave him a harder sentence then normal.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 13th January, 2021 wrote:

Ticket of Leave
Ship; Ocean - 1823
No; 29/1083. 28 Dec 1829.
Name; James Fordham.
Trade or calling; Labourer
Offence; No details
Trial where & Date; Cambridge Assizes - 22 July 1822
Sentence; 14 years
Age; Year of birth; 1796
Native Place; Cambridge Shire
Height; 5 ft. 5 in
Eyes; Dark Hazel
Hair; Brown
Completion; Ruddy
Allowed to remain in Patrick Plains

Penny-Lyn Beale on 13th January, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Hospital & Asylum Records, Liverpool Asylum for the Infirm and Destitute
Admissions and Discharges. No; 91.
Name; James Fordham
Age; 73
County; England
Religion; Church of England
Date of Admission; 3 Feb 1871
By whom recommend; Board
Date of Discharge; No details
Ship; Ocean - 1823

Australia, Death Index,
Name: James Fordham
Death Date: 1880
Death Place: New South Wales. Registration Year: 1880
Registration Place: Liverpool, New South Wales
Registration Number: 7506

Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st April, 2021 wrote:

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals,
Wm Ramsay ??. Age; 24 [1799]
Isaac Knight - Age; 33 [1790]
Rob. Boardman - Age; 29 [ 1794]
Wm Williams - Age; 22 [1801]
Ch Brisland - Age; 35 [1788]
Peter Auton - Age; 27 [1796]
Jas Wainwright - Age 28
Geo Warden - Age 22 [1801]
Roger Dobson - Age 27 [1796]
Jno Tuckey - Age; 24 [1799]
Ch Pemberton - Age 31 [1792]
Jas Fordham - Age; 32 [1791]
Jn Wilson - Age; 29 [1794]
Disease; Scurvy
Date; 10 Aug 1823
Discharged; Discharged; Hospital Sidney **  spelling as per register ** 28 Aug

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 13th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Penny-Lyn Beale on 13th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1880 (prev. 0000)

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