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James Kiss

James Kiss, one of 206 convicts transported on the Ganges, August 1796

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Kiss
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 30th May, 1769
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1853
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing a cap
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Ganges
Departure date: August, 1796
Arrival date: 2nd June, 1797
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 209 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 217 (109)
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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Karen Kelly Kiss on 3rd June, 2014 wrote:

Granted a Ticket of Leave 1805 - 1806.
James Kiss was accused ofthe theft of a hat belonging to a Mr Somes of Birmingham. Accused of the same crime was one Mary Haowarth. He was aged 20 and she aged 28. They were capitally convicted and received the sentence of death. This was later commuted to life imprisonment for James. Unclear what happened to Mary. James was held on a hulk somewhere for 4 years and then transported to Australia. He was sentenced at the Warwick Assizes and this information was printed in one of the earliest surviving newspapers, Ari’s Birmingham Gazette, dated 5th August, 1793.

Convict Changes History

Karen Kelly Kiss on 3rd June, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

Julie Germain on 17th September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 30th May, 1769 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1853 (prev. 0000)

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