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James Smeed

James Smeed, one of 192 convicts transported on the Governor Ready, 26 March 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Smeed
Aliases: Smead
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1882
Age: 78 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Felony
Convicted at: Kent Special Session of Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Governor Ready
Departure date: 26th March, 1827
Arrival date: 31st July, 1827
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 189 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 125 (64)
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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Anonymous on 17th September, 2011 wrote:

See http://web.me.com/lynne_paul/Lynnes_Site/James_Smeed.html

D Wong on 17th October, 2013 wrote:

James Smeed was mostly known a Smead, and was transported for aiding and abetting smugglers.

James was 5’7” tall, brown hair, grey eyes.
1831: Was a Constable in Hobart.
19/2/1835: Received a Free Pardon for being in a shoot out with 5 wanted Bushrangers, this was in Victoria while he was with Henty, so he must have come to Victoria quite a few times before his pardon.

He discovered good grazing land at Mt Gambier with Henty and began the homestead known as Merino Downs.

1882: Died at Penola, South Australia.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th October, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, date of birth 1804, date of death 1882, gender, crime

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