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James Littlejohn

James Littlejohn, one of 160 convicts transported on the Sir Charles Forbes, 01 April 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Littlejohn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 23rd January, 1811
Occupation: Flax dresser
Date of Death: 15th February, 1894
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Perth Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Sir Charles Forbes
Departure date: 1st April, 1830
Arrival date: 27th July, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 296
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

Kim House on 31st August, 2017 wrote:

James’ older brother, John Littlejohn was sent to NSW in 1829 for 14 years, aboard the Mermaid.

D Wong on 31st August, 2017 wrote:

National Records of Scotland
Trial papers relating to James Littlejohn for the crime of theft at Spinning Mill, Lindsay Street, Aleriecloss, St. Vigeans, Arbroath.
Tried at High Court, Perth
Dates 14 Sep 1829

Accused James Littlejohn, Verdict: Guilty, Verdict Comments: Guilty in terms of own confession, Sentence: Transportation - 14 years.

James was listed as 20 years old on arrival in VDL - he was born in Arbroath, Scotland.

Goal Report: 2nd conviction, bad character, a boy of conisderable mechanical Genius.

This offence: Stealing Brass, once one month for shoplifting.

James was 4’10” tall, fair complexion, brown hair, dark hazel eyes, lost top joint thumb left hand.

1830 Muster: Public Works
1832-35 Musters: Assigned to Mr. Nightingale.

1836: TOL
30/7/1840: CP
1843: Free Certificate.

14/2/1855: Married Mary Jane Gergison, 17 - he was listed as 36 and a boatbuilder - married at St Mary’s Church, Huon, Franklin River. No children listed.

22/11/1862: Married Margaret kerns, 25 - he was listed as 40 and a widower - married at St Mary’s, Franklin. 12 children.
Margaret died 3/9/1894 of cerebral congestion.

12/2/1894: James died aged 84, of Senile Decay, listed as a boat builder - informant was Jane Leitch, his daughter, Hobart.

Convict Changes History

Kim House on 31st August, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 23rd January, 1811 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th February, 1894 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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