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James Peters

James Peters, one of 224 convicts transported on the Waterloo, 18 November 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Peters
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Waterloo
Departure date: 18th November, 1834
Arrival date: 3rd March, 1835
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 225 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 469 (236)
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

D Wong on 13th January, 2017 wrote:

James Peters was 19 years old on arrival in VDL and was transported along with Richard and William Apted who were also on board.

James was 5’3 3/4” tall, dark brown hair,  blue eyes, single, H.T.I.M.I.MF.IT R.P. inside rt arm JI.L Jug 2 pipes inside left arm.

1835 Muster: Assigned to Edward Abbott Esq.

1/1/1844: TOL
7/4/1846: Recommended for a CP
21/9/1847: CP approved.

15/2/1846: Married Isabella Warnock (Tasmania 1845)

6/4/1849 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Clementina Wharnick, the wife of James Peters, better known in this place by the cognomen of Sheepy, was charged by her husband with being drunk and disorderly, and leaving her residence. It appeared that on his return home, expecting to find it in order, he was compelled to make a forcible entry into his own mansion, which led to high words between him and his spouse, and after disturbing the whole neighbourhood they attracted the constables’ notice, and on Mr. Peters’ charge she was conveyed to the watch-house-her old place of retreat. Mr. Peters addressed a letter to tho magistrate, stating his determination never to take her to his bosom again, but return her to the place from whence she came-Government.
The fair one with a large bunch of black bushy hair in her hand, which she said Sheepy had torn from her head, implored pity and forgiveness. Sheepy was obdurate ; he was resolved to part for ever. The magistrates threatened, as they had so very frequently appeared on the police-office boards, to sentence her to condign punishment forthwith, when Mr. Peters craved a hearing, and acknowledged himself in fault. _ Here a series of riotous crimination ensued, which to end, and for the peace of the neighbours who had repeatedly complained of riotous conduct of the pair, their Worships sentenced the fair one to 6 months’ hard labor, and at the end of that period to be disposed of by the Government. This was a death-blow to poor Sheepy who cried out, “must I lose her ; I’ll tako her back, your worships,” and a most affecting scene ensued, to end which the fair one was banded to durance vile, to prepare
for her journey to the Cascade Convent. Peters begged that his wife might be indulged with a ride to town, to which their Worships paid no attention.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 13th January, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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