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James Hackett

James Hackett, one of 156 convicts transported on the Speke, 05 August 1826

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Hackett
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 5th April, 1807
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: 4th October, 1897
Age: 90 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: Horse theft
Convicted at: Brecon Great Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Speke
Departure date: 5th August, 1826
Arrival date: 26th November, 1826
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 155 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 47 (25)
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

Ross Seymour on 20th September, 2017 wrote:

Conditional Pardon 43/207 granted on 1 Jul 1842.

Peter Baehnk on 18th January, 2018 wrote:

Transported for life on SPEKE after being convicted of horse stealing. He was assigned to Sir John Jamieson (the Genial Knight of Regentville) at “Regent Villa” near Penrith. James had been a groom in Wales. This knowledge of horses stood him in good stead with Sir John and James ended up becoming a well known jockey. He gained his Ticket of Leave in 1835. In 1838 he married Mary Ann Bradley, the grand-daughter of two First Fleet convicts who gave their name to Ropes Creek. In 1842 James received Conditional Pardon and left the employ of Sir James to become independent. He opened a butcher shop at Penrith. He then moved to South Creek and opened a butcher shop on the corner of Western Road and Princess Street. He operated the Woolpack Inn as well as the butchery and established “Hacketts Racecourse” on his land which is now occupied by St Marys High School. It had a grand stand in which he owned a publican’s booth until the death at his residence in 1897, when he was ninety.
About 2 years before he was involved in a serious fall from a horse, breaking a femur, from which he never truly recovered.

Convict Changes History

Ross Seymour on 20th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 5th April, 1807 (prev. 0000), date of death: 4th October, 1897 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 18th January, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m

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