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James Griffiths

James Griffiths, one of 399 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 05 May 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Griffiths
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 25th December, 1858
Age: 42 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 5th May, 1836
Arrival date: 31st August, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 403 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 266
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

Lyn on 30th January, 2013 wrote:

Held on convict hulk “Leviathan” at Portsmouth.
The “Moffatt” sailed from Portsmouth 7.5.1836 arriving at Sydney 31.8.1836.
Ticket of leave 41/2148 - 8.10.1841
Certificate of freedom 44/476 - 2.4.1844

D Wong on 2nd February, 2013 wrote:

James was 20 years old when indicted for stealing 1sheet 1s., 2 pillow-cases 1s 6d., the goods of Eliza Jackson.
1 pair of stockings 2d., 1 pair of braces 6d., 7 rugs 3s., 6 pictures 3d., 2 razors 1s., 1 hat 4s., 1 pair of gloves 1s., and 1 halfpenny, the goods of James Wilson.

James was in the company of John Callaghan who also arrived on the Moffatt.

1837: Aged 20, Assigned to Hyde Park Barracks.
28/1/1842: TOL Passport - On the recommendation of the Commissioner of Crown Lands, Clarence River.

12/12/1844: Married Sarah McGilvary.

25/12/1858: James and wife Sarah and 18 month old daughter Margaret, sailed across the Paterson River which was in flood, to visit other people on Christmas day, on the return journey, the catamaran overturned and all 3 drowned.  They left 6 children.

Convict Changes History

Lyn on 30th January, 2013 made the following changes:

gender, crime

D Wong on 2nd February, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1816, date of death 25th December, 1858

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