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James Smith

James Smith, one of 180 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 08 June 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
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 14 years

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 8th June, 1827
Arrival date: 27th September, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 196
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 29th December, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
Ship: Prince Regent
No; 86
Name; James Smith
Trial; 5 Apr 1827
Height; 5 ft. 3 in
Complexion; Florid
Hair; Brown
Eyes; Grey
Date of Certificate; C41/815
Additional Remarks; Deaf & Dumb.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 29th December, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey On Line
Born; 1810.
Imprisoned; 1827
Recommended for pardon; 31 March 1827.
Tried; 5 April 1827

April 1827, trial of JAMES SMITH (t18270405-128).
JAMES SMITH, Theft > pocketpicking, 5th April 1827.
881. JAMES SMITH (a deaf and dumb boy ) was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of February , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of John Sibbald , from his person .

JOHN SIBBALD. I was in the Strand on the 27th of February, nearly opposite the Adelphi Theatre - a gentleman told me the prisoner had had his hand in my pocket - I felt, and my handkerchief was gone - it was safe about an hour before; the prisoner was not far from me - I followed, and laid hold of him; I accused him of having taken the handkerchief - he made no answer. A little boy gave me the handkerchief, and said the prisoner had thrown it down in the street.

ANTHONY ATKINSON . I am a trimming-manufacturer. I was coming up Durham-street, into the Strand, and saw this gentleman passing the top of the street - the prisoner had hold of his coat with one hand, and drew the handkerchief out with the other; he put it into his own pocket, and passed by; I told the gentleman, and said that was the boy - he ran, seized hold of him, and said he had robbed him; he then took it out of his pocket, and threw it into the kennel, behind him - a little boy picked it up, and gave it to the prosecutor.

JOHN SHAW . I am an officer at the Adelphi Theatre. The prisoner was given into my charge with this handkerchief, which was wet and dirty.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 17.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

The evidence was communicated to the prisoner by signs. - This is his second conviction.

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 29th December, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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