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James King

James King, one of 136 convicts transported on the Prince of Orange, 22 July 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James King
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 21st September, 1795
Occupation: Stonemason
Date of Death: 23rd September, 1871
Age: 76 years

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 Life

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Oxford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince of Orange
Departure date: 1st April, 1822
Arrival date: 23rd July, 1822
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 135 other convicts


Primary source: Death Certificate for James King d.23/09/1871
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

Shirley Muir on 12th January, 2015 wrote:

He had 10 children and died in Victoria Australia

Helen Mckee on 12th July, 2017 wrote:

He died in 1871 in Wedderburn, Victoria.

D Wong on 12th July, 2017 wrote:

James King was the son of William King and Sarah Dane/King.

1818: Found not guilty of stealing wheat at Oxford.

22/5/1820: Married Ann Woodington, Bampton, Oxfordshire, Eng. They had 1 child.

4/8/1821: Found Guilty of stealing sheep from Robert Scaury at Bampton.

James was 27 years old on arrival, 5’4” tall, dark brown hair, grey eyes, narrow chin.

1830-33 Musters: Public Works.

14/2/1835: Refusing to provide for his illegitimate child by a woman named Mary White - ordered to pay 6s. per week towards the support of her child to which he consents.

1837: (Common Law) wife Mary Ann White.

24/12/1838: Conditional Pardon
10/2/1852: CP extended.

1852: Left for Victoria.

23/9/1871: James died.

29/9/1871: Inglewood Advertiser, Victoria:
Again has the destroying angel visited our little hamlet and wafted away from us the spirits of two men; who though differing much in character and social influence, had each peculiar claims on our rememberance and regard. Mr King was well known in Inglewood as in Wedderburn, and would have attained the patriarchal age of 76 had he lived two days longer. He was in his usual health on the morning of Friday, and went into the garden during the forenoon to pull some cabbage plants for a neighbour. While in the act of doing so he was struck by paralsis and lost the use of one side. He called to his wife who went to his assistance, and with the help of a neighbour placed him on the sofa. He was sensible and uttered words expressive of his knowledge that death was approaching and fell into a tranquil sleep. A Medical man was soon in attendance, and expressed his belief that nothing could be done. He passed without a struggle during his slumber from time to eternity.
He leaves a widow and a large family of sons and daughters; all well known and equally respected. His funeral on Sunday was largely attended.

Wife Mary Ann King died 24/6/1875 at Wedderburn, Victoria - aged 62.

Nisbet on 8th July, 2018 wrote:

Death Certificate of James King (married to Mary White in Tasmania0 Died 23 Sept 1871 at Wedderburn, Korongshire, has James’ father as James George King and mother Not Known. Are there two different James Kings mixed up here? One with Father James George King and the other with Father William King?

Convict Changes History

Shirley Muir on 12th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1827 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Helen Mckee on 12th July, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 1871 (prev. 1827)

D Wong on 12th July, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 21st September, 1795 (prev. 1795), date of death: 23rd September, 1871 (prev. 1871)

Nisbet on 8th July, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Death Certificate for James King d.23/09/1871 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 141 (72))

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