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James Kershaw

James Kershaw, one of 172 convicts transported on the Florentia, 14 August 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Kershaw
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1878
Age: 73 years

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Florentia
Departure date: 14th August, 1827
Arrival date: 3rd January, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 265 (134)
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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Community Contributions

Phil Hands on 22nd March, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted in Manchester on 30th May 1827 for stealing candle sticks, sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 15th September 1827.
Ship:- the ‘Florentia’ sailed with 172 male convicts on board of which 7 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 3rd January 1828.
The ships indent lists him as a Protestant and married with one child, being able to read and write and his occupation as a butcher and farm servant, he was 5’ 8” tall, ruddy fair complexion, light brown hair and light hazel eyes.
On arrival he was assigned to George Druitt.

James’s wife and child did not join him and his family in England are unknown.
James received his Certificate of Freedom on 11th June 1834.
Married Ann Buckley (daughter of convicts James Buckley, ‘Morley’ 1818 & Mary Hitchen, ‘Maria I’ 1818) on 4th June 1836 at Parramatta, they had 16 children between 1837-1861.

James died on 20th March 1878 in Bombolee, Tumut, NSW.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 22nd March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1878 (prev. 0000), crime

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