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James Smith

James Smith, one of 262 convicts transported on the Clara, 19 March 1857

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1818
Occupation: Brickmaker
Date of Death: 1882
Age: 64 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 14 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Surrey. Adjourned General Quarter Sessions Newington.
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Clara
Departure date: 19th March, 1857
Arrival date: 3rd July, 1857
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 261 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 221 (112)
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

D Wong on 17th November, 2012 wrote:

James Smith was unmarried, semi-literate and Roman Catholic.

29/1/159 or 30/12/1859: TOL Toodyay.
10/9/1861: CP

15/3/1882: Police Gazette - A special inquiry was reported into the death of an unknown man.
On the 9th Inst., a man, name unknown, was found dead in a field near the Race Course, York.  Description - slight, age about 60, 5’2” or 5’3” tall, long hair turning grey, blue or grey eyes, long visage, fair complexion, anchor and cleaver left arm, below elbow, dressed in a light tweed trousers, plaid shirt, nearly new boots and black felt hat; a long black coat was by his side, also a strap with brass buckle pouch, and a bag made of an oil coat, striped inside, white outside; any information that will establish identity of the deceased to be reported to the Detectives Office, Perth.

On 17th March, the inquest found the unknown man had died of starvation.

17/5/1882: Police Gazette; The remains found near York Race LCourse, on 9th March, are supposed to be those of James Smith, exp, late 4367 (His convict number).

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 17th November, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1818, date of death 1882, gender, occupation, crime

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