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James Hammet

James Hammet, one of 260 convicts transported on the Surrey, 09 April 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Hammet
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1891
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Sedition
Convicted at: Dorset Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 9th April, 1834
Arrival date: 17th August, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 261 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 333 (168)
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

greg petersen on 28th January, 2017 wrote:

One of a group of the ‘Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers’ and betrayed by a fellow farm worker Edward Legg, James Hammett and his co-accused were charged with swearing a secret oath to the society which was in effect a trade union. The group became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs and were tried and convicted to be transported under the unlawful oaths act of 1797. Hammett together with James Loveless, Thomas Standfield, his son John Standfield and James Brine were shipped to Sydney on the ‘Surrey”. A sixth member, George Loveless was too ill to travel and left later on the “William Metcalfe” to van Diemen’s Land. In England they became a cause célèbre and 800,000 signatures were collected for their release. All were pardoned in March 1836 with the support of the home secretary Lord John Russell, on condition of good conduct. Hammett is believed to have never taken the secret oath and he had accepted guilt on behalf his brother John who had taken the oath. He unlike his co-accused, had a criminal record and had been imprisoned in 1829 for theft of iron.
Before his death in 1891 he had moved into the Dorchester Workhouse so as not to be a burden on his family. Orders were given that no speeches or talk of unions were to be said over his grave, he is buried in the parish church of Tolpuddle.

greg petersen on 28th January, 2017 wrote:

After the other Tolpuddle Martyrs had left for England James Hammett was detained in Windsor, van Diemen’s Land. He was charged with assault and it was not until August 1839 that he arrived in England.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 28th January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1891 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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