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James Kean

James Kean, one of 305 convicts transported on the Maitland, 19 March 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Kean
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Plumber
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 10 years

Crime: House robbery
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Maitland
Departure date: 19th March, 1840
Arrival date: 14th July, 1840
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 305 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 160
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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D Wong on 16th September, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: theft from a specified place.
13th May 1839
Verdict Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation

JAMES KEAN was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of March, at St. Ann, Westminster, 1 pair of boots, value 10s.; 2 coats, value 5l.; 2 waistcoats, value 1l. 15s.; 2 shirts, value 10s.; 1 handkerchief, value 1s.; 1 printed book, value 5s.; 1 watch, value 2l.; and 1 sovereign; the goods and monies of Colin Fraser: and 1 shawl, value 16s.; 1 handkerchief, value 2s.; and 1 hat, value 1l.; the goods of Samuel Dods; in the dwelling-house of William Temple.

Prisoner’s Defence. The prosecutrix says I took the lodgings on the 7th of March, but I know nothing of her or her house—I bought the gown at Machin and Debenham’s sale rooms, about the 20th of February—the brooch at Solomon’s, a jeweller in the Strand for 4s. 6d., on the 27th of February, and the coat at Machin and Debenham’s on the 27th of February, for 1l. 7s. 6d.—I took the gown out of pawn thirteen months ago in Great Russell-street—the boots I had on the 3rd of November—I had pawned a pair of boots at Wassell’s for 3s., I went to take them out, they could not find them, and gave me that pair by mistake—as to the other property, I know nothing about it.

GUILTY. Aged 22.— Transported for Ten Years.
(There were three other indictments against the prisoner.)

James Kean was 22 years old on arrival, he was literate, single, 5’6¼” tall, sallow complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, hairy mole under back part of right jaw, scar back of middle and little fingers of right hand, scar back of middle finger of left hand.

Native Place: Blirmingham.

Occupations: Plumber/painter/glazier.

1844: TOL Parramatta
1847: TOL Moreton Bay

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 16th September, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1817 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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