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Eliza James

Eliza James, one of 180 convicts transported on the Mary, 13 April 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Eliza James
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Laundress
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Man robbery
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 13th April, 1835
Arrival date: 7th September, 1835
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 27 (15)
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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Tony Beale on 28th May, 2021 wrote:

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181. ELIZA JAMES was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of October, 4 half-crowns, 5 shillings, and 4 sixpences, the monies of William Patmor Bolt, from his person; and that she had before been convicted of felony.

WILLIAM PATMOR BOLT . I met the prisoner, on the 19th of October, in Union-street, St. George-the-Martyr—I agreed to go home with her for the night, and gave her 3s.—we went to bed in Kent-street—I did not know her before—I went to sleep—I had 17s. when I went there, in my purse in my fob—there were four half-crowns, and the rest shillings’ and sixpences—this was between eleven and twelve o’clock at night—I did not sit there and drink—I awoke between twelve and one o’clock, and found she was gone—I missed my money—I came down to the street, and complained to the police—I stopped in the street, and the prisoner came there, accompanied by two others—I took her, and said she had robbed me of the money—she was in the act of returning the money, when the policeman took her, and I gave her in charge—she was undressed when she went to bed, and I expected her to stay there all night.

Prisoner. I never saw him till he came there and accused me of robbing him. Witness. I am certain she is the person—there was a candle in the room—I was perfectly sober—nothing particular passed—I can swear she is the woman—I have not the least doubt of her—she said if I would not give her in charge of the police, she would return the money—I said I would give her in charge.

RICHARD WHARTLEY (police-constable M 161.) I was on my beat—the prosecutor came to me—I took the prisoner into custody—the prosecutor was standing with me, when the prisoner and two girls came out of the White Bear-gardens—he took her by the arm, and charged her with robbing him—she put her right hand into her gown, took some thing out, and said to the other girls, “Here, take this”—I crossed the street, took hold of her hand, and kept hold of it till she got to the station-house—I found she had 3 half-crowns and 2 shillings, and I found 2d. in her pocket.

Prisoner. I told the prosecutor he was mistaken in my person. Witness, She did not tell him so in my hearing—the prosecutor said he had lost 17s.—he did not say in what coin—he was perfectly sober.

ROBERT IRESON . I am a policeman. I have a certificate of the prisoner’s former conviction, which I got from the Clerk of the Peace (read)—she is the person who was convicted.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Seven Years.

Fifth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

Tony Beale on 2nd June, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures 1834-1835 From Suffolk England Single protestant who could not read or write. one previous conviction of 2 months 5’ 1/2” dark pale complexion brown hair and eyes.

Tony Beale on 2nd June, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Tickets of Leave, 1810-1869 for Eliza James. 42/2977 9/12/1842 received a colonial sentences of 1 year, 4 months & 21 days. cancelled 17/6/1843 for drunkeness and insolence. Allowed to stay in Sydney area so long as remains in the service of William Bennett of the general post office

Tony Beale on 2nd June, 2021 wrote:

Eliza James in the New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 21/2/1844 44/245

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 28th May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

Tony Beale on 2nd June, 2021 made the following changes:


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