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James Shannon

James Shannon, one of 160 convicts transported on the Southworth, 23 June 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Shannon
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Southworth
Departure date: 23rd June, 1830
Arrival date: 19th October, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 388
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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Maureen Withey on 31st August, 2021 wrote:

Tasmanian Records.

1213. James Shannon, Southworth, 19 Oct 1830. Tried Lancaster 18 Jan 1830, 7 years.. Transported for Felony. Gaol report- Convicted Jan 1829 & once imprisoned for attempt to commit a felony. Char. Etc. bad. Hulk report – Orderly. Stated this offence, Stealing some bacon from a public house, once 2 months for a shirt, & twice flogged. Single.
Numerous offences on his record. 
Ticket of Leave, 11/8/43.
Supreme Court,  30 June 1835, Life.


The Sittings commenced this day before His Honor, Mr. Justice Montagu, and a Military Jury of seven.
James Shannon and William Price were charged with feloniously stealing, and driving away, one ewe, the property of G. Mercer; both the prisoners pleaded Not Guilty.
Mr. Solicitor General, conducted the prosecution.
John Gower, deposed, that he knew both the prisoners; saw them on the morning of the 1st May; they left their huts about the same time as he did, at seven o’clock in the morning ; saw them again about eight o’clock, behind a tree; Shannon was stooping down and doing something—Price was watching him; afterwards, they ran over the hill; he (witness) then went to the tree where they had been, and saw a sheep just stuck; also, a knife, which he had before seen in Price’s possession ; he then went to the pit, where he saw his uncle with Thomas Jones, and the two prisoners ; his uncle, William Gower, said, there was a sheep laying by the log; he must go and report it to the Superintendent.  Shannon said, let it be burnt, and there would be no more said about it; he again went in company with Dawson, and the sheep was then removed about 176 yards from where it had been killed ; he afterwards showed it to Mr. Fisher’s overseer.
Cross-examined by James Shannon.—Can positively say he was the man who was under the log ; is sure he heard him say, ” let us burn the sheep.”
William Gower examined.—Is uncle to the last witness, and overseer to the Spring-hill road party, deposed that on the morning of the 1st May, when he went to the saw-pits to his work, about seven o’clock in the morning, Price said somebody had been in their hut, and there were two men just ran over the hill.  He went to look if he could see them, and there he found a sheep just killed; he then went to tell Mr. Dawson, and asked the prisoners to go with him, but they refused to go; did not see them again, till he saw them at Oatlands. Thomas Wilson corroborated the statement of the foregoing witness, as to the prisoners refusing to go to Mr. Dawson.
James Pennycook deposed, that he was servant to Mr. Fisher, who has some sheep of Mr. George Mercer’s, running on his land.— On the morning in question, from some information he received, he went to the Government saw-pits, near which he found a dead sheep, the property of George Mercer, value one pound - it might have been killed about two hours. The Jury retired for a short time, and returned a verdict of Guilty against both the prisoners. Sentence — Death recorded.
Colonial Times, 7 July 1835.

Maureen Withey on 31st August, 2021 wrote:

Appropriation Record. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON27-1-4$init=CON27-1-4p142
List for Southworth, 160 male convicts arrived 19 Oct 1830.
1213. James Shannon, 15, Errand boy, How appropriated? Edward Howard, Hobart.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 31st August, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

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