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Richard James

Richard James, one of 190 convicts transported on the Asia, 03 September 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard James
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1766
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 3rd September, 1820
Arrival date: 28th December, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 379 (191)
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 20th May, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1827-1867

Ticket of Leave Date: 23 JUNE 1827 . No; 27/571
Date Of Trial: 28 JUNE 1820


861. RICHARD JAMES was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of May , 100 lanthorn horns, value 19 s. , the goods of William Dickenson and Thomas Arnott .

MR. ANDREWS conducted the prosecution.

THOMAS LAURIE . I am a tinman and brazier, at Wapping. On the 11th of May, between five and six o’clock in the afternoon, the prisoner came and offered me 100 lanthorn horns for sale, he asked 12 s. I asked if that was the lowest - he said he did not wish to be hard, and would take 11 s. I asked where he lived, and his business - he said he made them himself. I thought the price was lower than it ought to be. He gave me the name of

” Thomas Jennings , No. 24, Drury-lane,” and said he worked in the cellar as an horner, that he had some more at home, and would bring them. I suspected he was not acquainted with the business. He said he should be that way again in a few days - I paid him 11 s. and we parted. I knew the hand-writing on the paper which enclosed the goods, having dealt with the prosecutors. After receiving a second parcel of goods from him I went and informed the prosecutors.

ALEXANDER MITCHELL . I am a Thames Police surveyor. Beechey gave the prisoner into my custody on the 30th of May. I asked where he got the horns which he sold Laurie, he said he had them from John, at Dickenson and Arnot’s warehouse. I asked how he came to go to their premises, after being ordered by Mr. Dickenson not to go - he said he should not have gone if John had not called to him - that John called him out of Allhallow’s-lane, and he waited in the warehouse while John went and got the horns. I then asked how he came to give Mr. Laurie a false address, he said he was not going to be such a fool as to give his own address. I asked what he gave John for the horns, he said 2 s. 6 d. and afterwards said 7 s.

WILLIAM DICKENSON . I am in partnership with Thomas Arnott . I forbid the prisoner coming to the warehouse about two months ago - he had been occasionally employed there; the paper containing the horns has my writing on it, and came from our warehouse. John, my porter, had access to them, he has absconded.

GUILTY . Aged 55.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before J. Vaillant, Esq.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 20th May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1766 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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