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James Giles

James Giles, one of 276 convicts transported on the Asia, 25 April 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Giles
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 4th April, 1870
Age: 63 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: House breaking
Convicted at: Berks. Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 25th April, 1840
Arrival date: 6th August, 1840
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 275 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 183 (93)
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 24th November, 2018 wrote:

29/2/1840 Windsor and Eton Express Berkshire, England:
James Giles, aged 26, was placed at the bar on two indictments, the one charging him with stealing from the dwelling-house of John Barrett, at Lambourn, several articles of clothing; and the other with stealing, at Axford, in the county of Wilts, a silver watch, the property of George Cowley.  He was convicted upon both indictments, and sentenced upon each to 7 years transportation, making 14 years.

Born 1807 - 1814 at Marlborough, Wiltshire.
James was listed as 26 years old on arrival in VDL.

James was single, no marriage found.

30/3/1850: Recommended for a CP (The Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston.)

2/4/1851: CP (The Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston.)

15/4/1854: COF (The Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston).

4/4/1870: James died at Sorell of natural causes, aged 63?  Listed as a farm labourer.

5/5/1870 The Tasmanian Times, Hobart:
A man named James Giles died suddenly while ploughing in a field on the estate of Mr George Marshall junr., J.P.
An investigation was held before Dr Blyth, coroner for the upper district of Sorell, when the circumstances of this affectingly sudden death were unfolded.
The jury’s verdict was died by the visitation of God oi disease of the heart.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 24th November, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1807 (prev. 0000), date of death: 4th April, 1870 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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