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James Hancock

James Hancock, one of 156 convicts transported on the Princess Royal, 28 September 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Hancock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Coal miner
Date of Death: 1843
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Flint Great Session
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Princess Royal
Departure date: 28th September, 1822
Arrival date: 9th March, 1823
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 HO11/4, Page Number 214
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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Anonymous on 22nd February, 2012 wrote:

8/7/1823 - On list of prisoners assigned who are not mechanics.
Assigned to Andrew Dickson, Newcastle. (Col. Sec. Records)

1/1/1824 - Absconded, James Hancock, Princess Royal, 18, Stropshire, 5’6 3/4", dark hazel eyes, dark hair, dark freckled complexion, from Mr. Bunker’s clearing party.

19/5/1829 - Absconded, James "Handcock" from Mr. Thomas John. (Syd.Gaz)

20/2/1834 - Supreme Criminal Court.  James Hancock was indicted for highway robbery on the person of Daniel Duggan at Cox’s River on 30th Dec. last.
The prisoner was attached to the iron gang at Bathurst Stockade, after taking a soldier’s musket and bayonet and effecting an escape.  Verdict - Not Guilty.

24/2/1834 - James Hancock guilty of feloniously stealing several articles of wearing apparel etc., from David Ramsay at Bathurst.

The man who escaped from the constables yesterday is James Hancock, a most determined villain, the terror of the police.  The mounted police had to follow this man upwards of 400 miles, prior to his capture. (Syd. Gaz.)

22/7/1834 - The unhappy man James Hancock who escaped from custody some months ago, after being capitally convicted, but who was retaken and received sentence of death on the 3rd ultimo still remains in the condemned cells of the Sydney Goal.  His fate not having yet been determined by the executive government, the wretched culprit has lingered for 5 weeks in the dreary abode.(Gaz.)

31/7/1834 - James Hancock who was convicted with several others for highway robbery and bushranging, and has been for some time under sentence of death, has been respited and forwarded on board the Hulk, prepartory to his transmission to Norfolk Island, during his natural life. (Gaz.)

1843 - Died (per Jenny Fawcett)

Anonymous on 25th February, 2012 wrote:

Per State Records NSW:
Death of James "Handcock" age 37, District/Parish: Norfolk Island General Hospital.

Tony Beale on 16th July, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for James Handcock 1833 Listed as age 28 born 1805

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 22nd February, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1843-00-00, gender m

Tony Beale on 16th July, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000)

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