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James Pocock

James Pocock, one of 300 convicts transported on the Isabella, 11 July 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Pocock
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 6th April, 1869
Age: 71 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing a sheep
Convicted at: Oxford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 11th July, 1833
Arrival date: 14th November, 1833
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 299 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 172
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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greg petersen on 4th February, 2017 wrote:

In his book “Victims of Whiggery” George Loveless & Tolpuddle Martyr, he writes:
I lived twelve months with a man, by name James
Pocock, who as soon as he arrived in the colony,
was assigned to a Mr. George Woodward, and in
Woodward he found a bad master. I here give
Pococks own tale. β€œHe promised when I went to
him, that if I worked well, he would reward me,
but let me do as much as I could, he was never satisfied ; he was always abusing me; he did not
give mo above half food enough to eat. One day he
told me, if I did not do more work he would take me to Hobart Town and get me flogged; this I
dreaded, and that day I worked until I could go on
no longer through weakness. My master, as usual,
said I had done nothing, and swore he would get
me punished in the morning. I did not know what
to do ; I walked away from the house ; my master
took up a loaded gun and followed me, and swore
he would shoot me, if I did not come back. I still
went on, for I did not at that time care whether he shot me or not. The next day I was reported as
absent, and after remaining four days in the bush,
and nothing to eat, I was taken by a constable.
When before the magistrates, my master said how
well he had behaved to me, and what an idle fellow
I was ; so that the magistrate would not believe
a word I had to say, and sentenced me to receive
fifty lashes. I was punished and sent back, and my
master put me to carry logs of wood on my back,
which I could not endure. I ran away again, and
gave myself up to a constable, and was again
sentenced to fifty lashes, and sent back. My master was more cruel than ever.
β€œ I then determined I would not stop with him
if they hung me, I went away three times more, and
got fifty lashes each time. I then told the magistrate that I could not live with my master, and that I hoped he would not send me back again. But Mr. Mason said he would see who would be master, either I or they, and I was sent back. I instantly started, was taken, and sentenced to fifty lashes more ; to go to Bridgewater chain-gang for three months, and then return to
my master. When I was tied to the triangles this time, my back was in such a dreadful state , the doctor ordered that I was to be flogged over the breach. After I came back from the chain-gang my master seemed a little better to me for a week or two, and then began as bad as ever. Often when he and I have been out in the nigh t shooting oppossums, I have levelled the gun, and put my finger to the trigger.
I hardly knew which to shoot, the oppossum or my
master.” Pocock was a willing, and good workman.The above is not a solitary instance of cruelty,
but one out of many that could easily be enumera-
ted if required.

greg petersen on 5th February, 2017 wrote:

extracted from conduct record: 981
Convicted: Oxford 25th Feb 1833
Transported: Isabella 13th Nov. 1833
transported for sheep stealing, gaol rept. not known, hulk rept. orderly. single. Stated this offence. Sheep stealing. single. Surgeons rept. Orderly.
Recom? for a C.P. for the Aust Colos 8/7/1845

greg petersen on 5th February, 2017 wrote:

possible link:
1869 Deaths in the district of Hobart records:
entry #7840. When died: 6th April, 1869
James Pocock (Died Brickfield’s Depot) born England. Sex: Male. Age: 71 years. Rank or Profession: Pauper
Cause of Death: Bronchitis chest.
if this is the same James Pocock it would make his date of birth as: 1798, and age 35 at time of sentencing.

D Wong on 5th February, 2017 wrote:

1833-1835 Musters: Public Works

28/4/1842: TOL
8/1/1845: Recommended for a CP for the Australian Colonies.
Approved June 1846.

31/3/1847: Permission to marry Jane Ravenscroft (Hindostan 1839)
Approved 15/4/1847 - no registration found - Jane Ravenscroft also applied for permission to marry James William Landes/Lander on 30/6/1848.

6/4/1869: James Pocock died aged 71 of Bronchitis at Brickfields Depot, a Pauper.

greg petersen on 4th September, 2017 wrote:

Assigned as Ploughman to Mr George Woodward, Hobart Town.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 4th February, 2017 made the following changes:

gender: m

greg petersen on 5th February, 2017 made the following changes:


D Wong on 5th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 6th April, 1869 (prev. 0000), occupation

greg petersen on 4th September, 2017 made the following changes:


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