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James Holmes

James Holmes, one of 190 convicts transported on the Phoenix, 04 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Holmes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1835
Age: 30 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Phoenix
Departure date: 4th March, 1828
Arrival date: 14th July, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 326
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 1st September, 2011 wrote:

James, and his brother Henry, both convicted of stealing "a stone ass" in Polstead, Suffolk, where they lived in 1827. Suffolk County records currently reveal that James was named father of a child born a few months after the conviction. Caroline Sage was mother of the child (named James Sage). In 1848, James Sage was convicted of stealing and transported to Hobart. It is not known whether James Holmes and his son James Sage ever met. James Holmes was granted a Certificate of Freedom, however there seems to be no further record of his whereabouts after that.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th April, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents. Ship; Phoenix - 1828
Indent No; James Holmes
Name; James Holmes
Reads. Single. Age; 22 [1805]
Native Place; Suffolk
Trade or calling; Farm Labourer
Offence; Ass Stealing
Trial; Bury - 15 Jan 1827
Height; 5 ft. 0 1/2in
Eyes; Hazel
Hair; Dk. Brown
Completion; Pale Sallow
Remarks; 32/940
Assigned; Andrew Laing, Hunters River
BROTHER: Henry Holmes. Age; 19. On board

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th April, 2021 wrote:

1832 -Ticket of Leave. 32/940. Allowed to remain in the District of Paterson Plains

1834 - 16 Jan. Certificate of Freedom. 34/63. Had a Ticket of Leave 32/940. Age; 29. [1805]

New South Wales, Australia, Liverpool St Luke.
No; 527
Name; James Holmes
Abode; Liverpool Hospital
When buried; 1835, 21 ?? Oct 1835
Age; 28 years
Ship’s Name; Phoenix
Quality or profession. Free.
By Whom Ceremony was preformed; Robert Cartwright

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1835 (prev. 0000)

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