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James Hine

James Hine, one of 200 convicts transported on the Ann, August 1809

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Hine
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 16th June, 1777
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 3rd January, 1833
Age: 55 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Dorset Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Ann or Anne
Departure date: August, 1809
Arrival date: 27th February, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 424
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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Denis Pember on 27th May, 2015 wrote:

James Hines was born in 1777 at Mudford in the county of Somersetshire. 
He was a carpenter and was evidently married at the time of his trial.  However, details of the marriage are not known.
He is described as having a stocky build, 5’ 10” (178cm) tall, with a fair complexion, brown hair and grey eyes.  He had a cut (scar) on the right side of his chin, downwise, and another above the right eye.  He grew long side whiskers and was stated to have a very lusty visage.
On October 24 1807, James stole a black horse, value £10, the property of Richard Hatcher, in the township of Marnhull, Dorsetshire.
A warrant for the arrest of James Hine was issued on November 5 1807, at Marnhull in Dorset.  However, James had evaded the law and fled to his home county of Somerset.  After being ‘on the run’ for some time, James was apprehended at Holwell in Somerset and returned to Dorset to face trial.
James was tried March 16 1808, in the town of Dorchester, before Sergeant Marshall.  He pleaded guilty to the theft and was sentenced to death.  He was transferred to Somerset and imprisoned at Ilchester.  This sentence was later reprieved to transportation for 14 years.
It is perhaps interesting to note that Marnhull in Dorset and Mudford in Somerset are actually not that distant from each other.  There was some suggestion that the black horse was perhaps being ‘ridden’ on quite a regular basis for the purpose of highway robbery.  This may be the reason why James pled guilty to the theft charge rather than raise other ideas.

Denis Pember on 3rd June, 2015 wrote:

James arrived in Australia on board the “Ann”, master Charles Clarke.  James continued to work at his trade (carpenter) in the colony.
On October 10 1814, James married the convict, Sarah Edwards (Indispensible, 1809).  He was aged 37 and she was aged 39 at the time, he signed and she marked her name with a cross.  They already had a child (Edward) prior to the marriage and the had another (William) in 1816.
Then in 1819, Sarah died in childbirth.  The baby also passed away soon thereafter.  This left James with two little boys aged 7 and 3. He and Sarah had been married for only 5 years.
He continued working as a carpenter, right up to his death. He is buried at All Saints, Sutton Forest, the first graveyard in the Berrima district.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 27th May, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 16th June, 1777 (prev. 0000), date of death: 3rd January, 1833 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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