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James Kemp

James Kemp, one of 188 convicts transported on the Atlas, 16 January 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Kemp
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Possession of forged bank note
Convicted at: Sussex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Atlas
Departure date: 16th January, 1816
Arrival date*: 16th September, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 195 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 250
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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Maureen Withey on 3rd March, 2020 wrote:

Lewes, July 24 1815.  James Kemp, aged 30, for uttering as true, a certain promissary note of the Bank of England, purporting to be of the value of two pounds, knowing the same to be forged. 
Sussex Advertiser, 24 July 1815.

Lewis Assizes July 24. CROWN SIDE. Joseph Back, James Kemp, and Peter Howell, were all arraigned on separate indictments, for forging and uttering Bank of England notes, at Brighton. They were also charged other indictments with having forged notes in their possession. They pleaded guilty to the latter indictments, in consequence which the Bank offered no evidence no evidence on the higher charges. They were consequently acquitted on those charges, and sentenced to be transported 14 years the latter convictions.
The Globe, 26 July 1815.

Maureen Withey on 3rd March, 2020 wrote:

James Kemp – Kangaroo, 31 July 1816 embarked Kangaroo for Port Dalrymple in VDL. carpenter, Tried at Lewis, Sussex, 22 July 1816, 14 years.
Conduct Record.https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-23$init=CON31-1-23p192

No 47. Jas. Kemp. Atlas, & Kangaroo. Tried July 1815.
Dec 4 1817. Absent from his lodgs. at nights – to work for Govt. in his own time 14 days.
Oct 4 1821. Receivg. money the propty. of Messrs. Curr & Mason, knowing it to have been stolen. Acqd.
Conditional Pardon 1388, 7th August 1821.

Before a full Bench of Magistrates, held at the
Court House, in Hobart Town, on Saturday last, at
which the Deputy Judge Advocate presided,

Richard Foster, John Meadowcroft, John Maybery,
Wm. Day, Gustavus Lucas, Wm. Hone, and James
Kemp, prisoners, and Thos. Smith and Ann Elizabeth
Ashton, free persons, charged with being concerned in the burglary and very extensive robbery on the
premises of Messrs. Edward Curr and Mason, in Bathurst street, in the night of the 24th ult. were fully committed for trial.
Hobart Town Gazette, 8 Sept 1821.

At a full Bench held on Thursday;
Richard Foster, John Meadowcroft, John Mayberry;
and Gustavus Lucas, convicts, pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary and robbery in the premises of Messrs. Edward Curr and Mason, on the 24th of
August last, and were sentenced to receive 100 lashes, and to be transported to Port Macquarie, in New South Wales, for the remainder of their original terms; as was also, William Hone, convict, who was convicted of plotting and contriving the burglary and robbery; he having been long employed by Mr. Curr, and by that means acquired a knowledge of the premises, and the situation of the property; part of which he was proved to have received from the men who entered the premises and stole it.
James Kemp, convict, charged with receiving part
of the property, knowing it to have been stolen, was acquitted, the charge not being fully made out
against him.
Hobart Town Gazette, 6 Oct 1821.

D Wong on 4th March, 2020 wrote:

James Kemp was listed as 31 years old on arrival in NSW.

Native Place: Sussex.

Married to Ann Kemp.
22/9/1813 Harry buried 25/9/1851 at Woodstock.
25/8/1815 (Bap. date) Susannah.
????: 1 male child, name not found.

James Kemp had been a Sergeant in the Sussex Local Militia.
Source: Assisting Emigration to Upper Canada: The Petworth Project, ...books.google.com.au › books

James was 5’8½” tall, ruddy complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes.

7/8/1821: Absolute pardon.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 3rd March, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

D Wong on 4th March, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), occupation

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