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James Peachey

James Peachey, one of 170 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, 14 November 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Peachey
Aliases: Peachy
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Ploughman/shearer/reaper/milkman/sower
Date of Death: 1857
Age: 62 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 Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Suffolk Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Melville
Departure date: 14th November, 1828
Arrival date: 6th May, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 526
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 15th February, 2019 wrote:

4/4/1828 Cambridge Chronicle and Journal Cambridgeshire, England:
BURGLARIES.__James Peachey (27) William Alexander (26) and George Leabon (22) pleaded ‘guilty’ to two indictments for burglaries committed in the houses of Philip Hicks, of Wetherden, and of James Hart, of Yoxley, and stealing therein a very large quantity of property.  They were repeatedly and strongly admonished by Mr. Baron Garrow to expect no favour or remission of their sentence in consequence of pleading guilty, and assured that no severity would be shown towards them in consequence of their pleading not guilty, and taking their trial ; and the clerk of arraigns was directed to call on them a second time for their plea.  They, however, insisted on pleading as they had before done.__Proclamation for silence having been made, the learned Judge proceeded to pass sentence of death on the unhappy culprits, after which they all knelt down and begged for mercy in the most piteous accents.  Leabon was dreadfully affected ; his parents are very respectable, and the Judge allowed witnesses to be called to give him a character.__"In the course of the proceedings of this day,” said the learned Baron, “you three unhappy young ment have been called upon to say whether you would take your trials by a jury of your country upon two several indictments preferred and found against you, charging you with the capital crime of burglary.
The trial continued…..
The learned Judge then, after a suitable exhortation, passed upon the prisoners the awful sentence of the law.

James Peachey arrived per Lord Melville 1829.
William Alexander and George Leabon were on the Royal George 1828.

James Peachey was 29 years old on arrival.
Native Place: Suffolk.

James was literate, married with 3 children, 5’5½” tall, ruddy fair complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, flat footed.

Assigned to John King, Sydney.

1839: TOL Bathurst.

Margaret Scott on 6th April, 2021 wrote:

James Peachey 1795 and his brother William 1798 were born in Mildenhall Suffolk England to Charles and Catherine Peachey

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 15th February, 2019 made the following changes:

alias1: Peachy, date of birth: 1800 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Margaret Scott on 11th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1795 (prev. 1800), date of death: 1857 (prev. 0000)

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