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James Knibbs

James Knibbs, one of 190 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], 12 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Knibbs
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Collar and harness maker
Date of Death: 13th January, 1866
Age: 68 years

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 Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Oxford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th May, 1820
Arrival date*: 12th January, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 183 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 310. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. State Archives NSW, Convict Indents (Series: NRS 12188; Item: 4/4007; Microfiche: 645). UK, Prison Hulk Registers (Class: HO9; Piece: 8). Ancestry.
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

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th April, 2014 wrote:

James Knibbs was found guilty at Oxford, England on 21/07/1819 (crime not recorded on Colonial record). Life Sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Guildford’, arriving Nov. 1820.

Assignments in Colony and had his Ticket of Leave by 1827.
Some notes of misconduct on his record.
Admonished for co-habiting with Mary Morris (free) and advised to seek permission to marry. They were subsequently married, in Hobart in 1830. (ref. 1459/1830-36)

Conditional Pardon granted 06/10/1836. No. 1051.
Free Pardon granted 27/05/1840. No. 562.

Wife Mary died in 1843.

Child Elizabeth Knibbs, b. 1837 was admitted to Queens Orphan School.  On her admission form it stated her father had moved to Victoria. She was then aged 6yrs.  Later, in 1851 she was discharged into employment - to Mr. George Scott at Ross. She was charged, at Oatlands Court in 1851 of stealing a cloak from her employer. 12mths imprisonment. Left in 1853 for Victoria (perhaps to find her father?)

Iris Dunne on 11th November, 2018 wrote:

Prison Hulk Ship Leviathan, Date Received 2 November 1819, Aged 20, Offence: Burglary, Sentence: Life

Convict Indents: Aged 21, Date of Conviction 21 July 1819

Death 13 January 1866 in Kyneton Hospital, Victoria from crepilus detas (possible crepitus)
Burial 15 January 1866 at Kyneton Cemetery

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 9th April, 2014 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 310. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 310), gende

Iris Dunne on 11th November, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 310. Tasmanian Archives - convicts. State Archives NSW, Convict Indents (Series: NRS 12188; Item: 4/4007; Microfiche: 645). UK, Prison Hulk Registers

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