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James Obry

James Obry, one of 300 convicts transported on the Coromandel, 27 October 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Obry
Aliases: Obrey, Oberry, Abrey
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Bad notes
Convicted at: Wilts. Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Coromandel
Departure date: 27th October, 1819
Arrival date: 5th April, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 260
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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D Wong on 11th January, 2017 wrote:

2/8/1819 Salisbury and Winchester Journal Wiltshire, England:
John and James Obry, for having forged notes in their possession, were sentenced 14 years transportation.

No ship found for John Obry.

James Obry arrived in VDL 12/3/1820.

16/6/1821 Hobart Town Gazette:
John Kempster and James Obrey, stock-keepers to Edward Abbott, Esq, junior, were found Guilty of
stealing sheep, the property of Mr. George Salter, and also of making away with same sheep, the property of their master, two of which they had sold to a settler at the River Plenty; and were sentenced to be transported to Newcastle for the remainder of their original terms of transportation.

May 1822: Newcastle - James Oberry and John Birch both punished with 50 lashes for having in their possession suet supposed to be stolen from the Rev. Middleton when conveying to the Stores. Listed as ‘Oberry’.

1824: County Northumberland and Durham - On monthly return of convicts assigned to Alexander Livingstone.

3/1/1825: Runaway from Newcastle in Government boar. retaken. Listed as ‘Abrey’

March 1825: Newcastle - William Tunnicliffe, Thomas Smith, Joseph Pritchard, James Johnston, John Duncan and James O’Berry all assigned to government service. The first four sentenced to 100 lashes and the last two to 50 lashes for absenting themselves from the settlement at Newcastle and on a strong suspicion of piratically seizing, carrying away and destroying a boat, the property of the Crown.

25/11/1825: Escaped from Newcastle in the cutter ‘Eclipse’.

28/6/1833 Hobart Town Gazette: CP

Maureen Withey on 9th May, 2019 wrote:

Committed to Fisherton Gaol, - John Smith and James Obry, charged with having, the 26th ult, uttered at Avebury, forged £1 Bank note, with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank, and also thereby defrauding James, of Avebury, 20s. ( there are six commitments against these men for similar offences.)
Bath Chronicle, 13 May 1819.

James Obry and John Smith were among 12 prisoners received on the prison hulk Laurel from Salisbury.  Both were transported on Coromandel.

HO 9-9-1 Records of Laurel, Hardy and York Hulks, in Portsmouth Harbour, 1805-1831,
p 51. (Laurel)
Recd from new Sarum, 23 Sept 1819 (12 prisoners)
James Obry, age 27, convicted at New Sarum 24 July 1819, for forged Notes, sentenced to 14 years Transportation. 24 Oct 1819, NSW.
John Smith, age 26, convicted at New Sarum 24 July 1819, for forged Notes, sentenced to 14 years Transportation. 24 Oct 1819, NSW.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th January, 2017 made the following changes:

alias1: Obrey, alias2: Oberry, alias3: Abrey, gender: m, crime

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