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James Reed

James Reed, one of 170 convicts transported on the Malabar, 14 June 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Reed
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1791
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Malabar
Departure date: 14th June, 1819
Arrival date: 30th October, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 171 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 181 (92)
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 1st November, 2020 wrote:

332. JAMES REED and GEORGE NUTTER were indicted for stealing, on the 10th of February , at All Saints, Poplar , one chest, value 12 s.; one box, value 1 s.; one quadrant, value 2 l.; four shirts, value 10 s.; four pair of trowsers, value 15 s.; two razors, value 2 s.; one book, value 5 s.; two jackets, value 10 s.; one cap, value 1 s., and one blanket, value 1 s., the property of Cornelius Ryan , in the dwelling-house of Charles Cutts .

CORNELIUS RYAN . I am a mariner ; the prisoner, Reed, and I had been working on board an East India ship; we left it, and came ashore on the 10th of February - I had a chest and a bag with me. He said he would show me a

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house where I could leave them safe; he took me about eight o’clock in the morning to the Coopers’ Arms, at Poplar, which is kept by Charles Cutts ; they contained the articles stated in the indictment; I left them there. I saw Nutter in custody with two of my razors, and some papers, which were in my chest, before I knew they were gone. I went to the Coopers’ Arms, between seven and eight o’clock in the evening, and found my chest and hag were gone. I never gave either of the prisoners authority to take them from there.
REED. Q. Did I not leave my things there at the same time - A. He left a hammock; another man went with Reed and me; we took them to Cutts.

NANCY CUTTS . My husband, whose name is Charles, keeps the Coopers’ Arms. On the 10th of February Reed came with two other men, whom I do not know - I do not remember the prosecutor; they brought the chest and bag about eight o’clock in the morning, the chest was left in the passage, and the bag in the back-room. About four o’clock in the afternoon of the same day, the two prisoners came to fetch them - they were both very tipsey; I was at the bar; Reed asked me for them - Nutter was behind him. I told him to take them; Nutter took the chest, and Reed took the bag - Reed went out first, and Nutter followed. I thought they were Reed’s.

THOMAS HARRISON . I am constable of Aldgate, the prosecutor brought Nutter to the watch-house about half-past eight o’clock in the evening, and said he suspected he had robbed him; he said he found a paper on him which he kept as a journal of the ship, and that Nutter was looking at it in the public-house. I searched him, and found a draft, for 11 l., payable at ninety days on him, a pair of razors in a case, two duplicates, a piece of a broken sixpence, and a shaving-brush. He said he was employed by a person who he did not know to fetch the things from Poplar, and the man gave them to him - he could not tell where he took them to.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

REED’S Defence. We both left our things there; I was intoxicated, and went for my things - I do not know whether I brought more than my own away or not; I fell down with them, and lost them. Nutter took the box.

NUTTER’S Defence. Reed said he had a chest and bag, and wanted a man to help him; I went with him, he took the bag, and I followed him with the chest. He told me to leave them at a house in Shadwell, and gave me these things for my trouble.

REED - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 28.

NUTTER - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 26.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham .

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 1st November, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1791 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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