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James Massey

James Massey, one of 224 convicts transported on the Gilmore, 31 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Massey
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Warwick Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Gilmore
Departure date: 31st October, 1831
Arrival date: 22nd March, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 224 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 214
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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Tony Beale on 16th April, 2020 wrote:

Israel Massey in the Cheshire, England, Parish Registers, 1538-1909
Name: Israel Massey
Gender: Male
Record Type: Christening (Baptism)
Baptism Date: 31 Mar 1811
Baptism Place: Stockport St Mary, Cheshire, England
Residence Place: St. Mary, Stockport, Cheshire, England
Father: Israel Massey
Mother: Margaret Massey

England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 for Israel Massey
England Cheshire 1828
Israel Massey Larcency 3 months imprisonment and whipped

England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 for Israel Massey
England Cheshire 1831 Charge larcency 7 years

Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899 for Israel Massey
Register Alphabetical register of the appropriation of convicts in the North, 1833-1835
Israel Massey. Height: 5’ 5”. Hair: Light brown. Eyes: Grey. Age: 20. D.O.B: 1811. Trade: Labourer. Trial place: Chester.Date of trial: 4April1831. Native place: Woolwich. Ship: Gilmore. Comments: pock pitted. Employer V. D. L Company

Libraries Tasmania
Conduct record
Transported for stealing 24 ct chain. 3 times imprisoned and once convicted. Hulk report - Bad - Tingle. This offence stealing a chain once for fools 3 months, one month again, for vagrancy 3 weeks Tingle.
Tasmania - July 31, 1833 V D L Co. neglect of duty. Reprimanded - AWH. Feb 23, 1835 V D L Co disobedience of orders in respect of neglect of duty. 35 lashes. J Hutchinson. July 13, 1836 V D L Co assaulting a fellow prisoner. Case dismissed. June 10, 1836. V D L Co. Disobedience of orders - 25 lashes. RCG

The Hobart Town Courier
25 August 1837
Ticket of leave granted to Israel Massey

New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849
Tasmania List of convicts (incomplete) 1841
Employed under ticket of leave

V D L Company from https://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/V/VDL Co.htm
The V D L Company was the Van Diemans Land Company formed in 1824 by a group of London businessmen to supply England with a source of cheap wool. In 1825 they were granted 250,000 acres instead of the 500,000 acres they requested at Circular Head in North West Tasmania. This is as far away from Hobart as is possible in Tasmania. The company did not have a good reputation towards the Aboriginal people and many skirmisthes occurred with the Aborigined coming of second. By 1835 the VDL Co had its maximum number of convicts of 117. The master Edward Curr had a reputation of being quite brutal in terms of punishment. Further information is available at the above website.

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 16th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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