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James Haxton Riley

James Riley, one of 209 convicts transported on the Mermaid, 30 December 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Haxton Riley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 8th April, 1829
Occupation: Boatman
Date of Death: 13th June, 1890
Age: 61 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Beastiality
Convicted at: Kent Assizes
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Mermaid
Departure date: 30th December, 1850
Arrival date: 13th May, 1851
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 208 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 388 DOB: Family Bible DOD: Australian Death Index Reg 247
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

Shelley Tonkin on 5th November, 2013 wrote:

Received a Ticket of Leave on 12 Mar 1852, and a Conditional Pardon on 8 Sept 1856.
Married Eliza Emma Wilkerson in 1854.
Died from Alcohol Poisoning in 1890 after accepting bets to see how much rum he could drink at a pub in Fremantle.

Convict Changes History

Shelley Tonkin on 5th November, 2013 made the following changes:

source, firstname James Haxton (prev. James), date of birth 8th April, 1829, date of death 13th June, 1890, gender, occupation, crime

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