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James Hockey

James Hockey, one of 160 convicts transported on the Sir Charles Forbes, 01 April 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Hockey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Butcher
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Sir Charles Forbes
Departure date: 1st April, 1830
Arrival date: 27th July, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 293 (149)
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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Lynda Martin on 4th January, 2013 wrote:

was committed for trial on 28 May 1829 and was lodged in Shepton Gaol, tried at Bridgwater Assizes, found guilty of stealing a gelding, sentenced 22 Aug 1829 to death, commuted to 14 yrs transportation, 27 Aug 1829 transferred to Ilchester County Gaol, 29 Sep 1829 transferred to Captivity Prison Hulk, Devonport, arrived Van Dieman’s Land on the Sir Charles Forbes 26 Jul 1830.
Indictments for the Summer Assizes at Somerset 1829 [Ref ASSI 25/21/10]
James HOCKEY was charged with Cornelius LOXTON on a charge of stealing one saddle worth twenty shillings and one bridle worth five shillings belonging to William HYATT of Shepton Mallet Somerset on 4 May 1829. However, they were not tried on this charge, but were both convicted on another indictment, of stealing a gelding worth twenty pounds belong to Henry HODGES at Doulting Somerset on 13 May 1829. They both pleaded not guilty but were convicted and sentenced to be hanged, a sentence which was commuted to transportation. Both men had previous convictions. They had been found guilty of felony at the Quarter Sessions at the Castle of Taunton on 15 Oct 1827. [Letter from PRO London to Laurel Merritt 14 Feb 1986]

Somerset County Gaol Record Book
James HOCKEY was committed for trial on 28 May 1829 on a charge of stealing a gelding and was lodged in Shepton Gaol until August. On 22 Aug he appeared at the Bridgwater Assizes, was found guilty and sentenced to death, commuted to 14 years transportation. On 27 Aug 1829 James HOCKEY was transferred to the County Gaol at Ilchester and transferred on 29 Sep 1829 to the Captivity Prison Hulk, Devonport.

Gaol Book description for James HOCKEY recorded the following details: aged 20 (21 in record of sentence) 5’ 5” tall, slender, pale, round visage, brown hair, grey eyes, mole on left cheek, Butcher, born and living at Shepton, married with 2 children, able to read and write. [Extract of letter from Somerset County Archivist to Laurel Merritt 23 Feb 1983]

James HOCKEY - VDL 1830-1847 - VIC 1847-1870

Paul Ellis on 16th February, 2018 wrote:

Married Ann Barefoot.

Convict Changes History

Lynda Martin on 4th January, 2013 made the following changes:


Paul Ellis on 16th February, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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