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James Smith

James Smith, one of 230 convicts transported on the Arab, 22 February 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Waiter and footman
Date of Death: 22nd September, 1835
Age: 22 years

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 Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Surrey Quarter Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Arab
Departure date: 22nd February, 1834
Arrival date: 30th June, 1834
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 228 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 297 (150). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON31-1-40,262,78,L,80
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

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th December, 2012 wrote:

James Smith was tried and convicted at Surrey Q.S. on 31/12/1833 for Felony of horse stealing - with his brother Robert Smith. Life sentence.
Transported to Van Diemens Land on the ‘Arab’ arriving 30/06/1834.

Gaol Report: bad character
Hulk Report: Good
Ship Surgeon’s Report: Good, attentive to his education.

Single man; waiter; dk brown eyes; black hair; 5’9 1/2”; Native Place - Hornsey; 20yrs of age.

Van Diemens Land:
09/09/1834: Chain Gang - neglect of duty - 6wks imprisonment & hard labour - Launceston Chain Gang.
16/09/1834: Chain Gang: feining illness - 20 lashes.
20/09/1834: Chain Gang: Pilfering a knife & box, property of a fellow prisoner. 3mths imprisonment & hard labour in addition to former sentence.
09/02/1835: Receiving a pr of boots, knowing them to have been stolen. Committed for trial. Sent to Port Arthur Penal Settlement and there to be subjected to severe punishment.

Died Port Arthur 22/09/1835. Buried same day.

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 7th December, 2012 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1813, date of death 22nd September, 1835, gender, occupation, crime

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