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Jacob Skerry

Jacob Skerry, one of 261 convicts transported on the William Jardine, 09 August 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Jacob Skerry
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1822
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 15 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Oxford. Assizes Oxford
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: William Jardine
Departure date: 9th August, 1850
Arrival date: 14th November, 1850
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island
Passenger manifest Travelled with 263 other convicts


Primary source: British newspaper Archives: Oxfordshire July 1846
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

Lavinia on 1st June, 2015 wrote:

Jacob was a Protestant who could not read nor write. He was 5ft 3¾in in height with a fair complexion, light brown hair and light brown eyes. He was granted a Ticket of Leave on 24 May 1853 which was revoked on 11 April 1854. On 16 October 1854 in Hobart, Jacob married Catherine HEATHERMAN. Jacob was again granted a Ticket of Leave on 16 February 1855, followed by a Conditional Pardon on 25 November 1856.

Anne Armstrong on 9th February, 2018 wrote:

Jacob Skerry was a member of a travelling gypsy family and is described as a “travelling tinker” in newspaper reports.  He was involved in several brushes with the law. In April 1846, he gave evidence about a murder which had happened several years earlier, and resulted in two of his fellow “tinkers” being found guilty. At his trial for sheep stealing (in July 1846) he pleaded Not Guilty and claimed that evidence given against him by the sister of one of the men he had given evidence against ( a woman who had been cohabiting with Jacob for several years) was false and done out of spite. From the reports of his unruly behaviour prior to this, it seems that he was a rogue.

D Wong on 10th February, 2018 wrote:

Jacob Skerry was also known and listed in the newspapers as James Skerry.

1864: Was a Gardener and lived in Murray Street, Hobart.

No date of death found in Tas, Vic, NSW SA or NZ BDM’s.

Convict Changes History

Lavinia on 1st June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1822 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Anne Armstrong on 9th February, 2018 made the following changes:

source: British newspaper Archives: Oxfordshire July 1846 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 319 (161))

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