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James Major

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Major
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1789
Occupation: Boatman
Date of Death: 1826
Age: 37 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Chester Session of Pleas
Sentence term: 7 years
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: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 137 (70)
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 30th June, 2021 wrote:

Conduct Record;-
No; 368. Name; James Major. Ship; Prince of Orange
Trial; 10 Sept 1821 - 7 years

1823 - 7 Mar. Boats Crew & Constable / Repeated drunkenness’. Absent all night from his duty
1825 - 7 Mar. Repeatedly drunk and disorderly, neglect of duty
1825 - 20 Apr. Being out at 12 o’clock - 25 Lashes
1831 - 23 Apr. F. S. / Drunkenness’ fined 5/  *******

Transported for stealing salt

Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records.
Name; James Major. Ship; Prince of Orange
Trial;  Chester Session of Pleas - 10 October 1821 - 7 years
Noted against name; EXECUTED

No; 368
Height; 5 ft 11 in
Hair; Brown to grey
Eyes; Blue
Trade; Boatman

Burials in the Parish of Hobart Town in the County of Buckingham in the Year 1826
No; 5
Name;  James Major
Abode;  Hobart Town
When buried; 1826, 6 January
Age;  No details
Ship’s Name; No details
Quality or profession.  Convict - EXECUTED; for Cattle Stealing
By Whom Ceremony was preformed; W Bedford

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 30th June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1826 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 30th June, 2021 made the following changes:


Penny-Lyn Beale on 30th June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1789 (prev. 0000)

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