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James Roberts

James Roberts, one of 222 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 21 February 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Roberts
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Tailor
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Gloucester Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 21st February, 1832
Arrival date: 16th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 221 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 268
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

Dianne Jones on 27th March, 2021 wrote:

1832, 3 January: He was convicted at the Epiphany Sessions at Gloucester for stealing stockings (see England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892).

1832, 21 January: He was admitted to the Justitia prison hulk at Woolwich and sent from there for transportation on 11 February (see UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849).

Dianne Jones on 28th March, 2021 wrote:

1832: On arrival in VDL, he was single, 21 and had two previous convictions - one for stealing clothes (4 months’ jail) and one for stealing apples (6 weeks). His conduct report for jail in England described him as “a bad boy”, while he was listed as “orderly” on the hulk. During the voyage to VDL his behaviour was described as “bad” (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-37$init=CON31-1-37p98).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 27th March, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Dianne Jones on 27th March, 2021 made the following changes:


Dianne Jones on 27th March, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), occupation

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