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James Smith

James Smith, one of 200 convicts transported on the Indian, July 1810

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1775
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 28th August, 1829
Age: 54 years

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 Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Old Bailey
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Indian
Departure date: July, 1810
Arrival date: 16th December, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 17 (10)
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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Phil Hands on 17th November, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on 26th June 1809 for breaking and entering with intent to steal, he was sentenced to death, this was later commuted to transportation for life.
Left England on 18th July 1810.
Ship:- the ‘Indian’ sailed with 200 male convicts on board of which 8 died during the vyage.
Arrived on 16th December 1810.

Married convict Elizabeth Holland (‘Friends’ 1811) on 6th August 1812 at Parramatta, they had 8 children between 1813-1827.

Citation details: Vol 01, Baptisms, 1790-1825; Marriages, 1789-1823; Burials, 1790-1825; p. 108, 1812, no. 319
James Smith of the parish of St. John Parramatta and Elizabeth Holland of ditto were married in this church by banns this sixth day of August in the year 1812 by me Samuel Marsden.
Both James and Elizabeth signed the register in the presence of John Eyre who signed the register and Ann Grimes who made her X mark.

On 10th September 1818 James was on the list of persons to receive grants of land.
James Smith, Residing at Parramatta, recommended by Revd. Mr Marsden, 50 acres.

21st March 1823 he was a contractor for carriage of stores from Parramatta to Emu Plains, when he lost a horse while crossing the Nepean River, and applied to the Governor to have it replaced with a horse from the Government Herds on 12 months credit.

To His Excellency Sir Thomas Brisbane, K.C.B.
Captain General, Governor, and Commander in Chief

The respectful memorial of James Smith
That Memorialist, is one of the Contractors for the Land Carriage of Commissariant Stores from Parramatta to Emu Plains and also to Windsor -
That Memorialist whilst crossing the Nepean River with his Team, having Government Stores for Emu Plains, lost a Valuable Horse, for which he paid fifty five guineas -
That Memorialist having a Wife and five children, and his Chief Dependance - resting on his Team and not having the means of purchasing another Horse to complete his said Contract - respectfully submits his Case to your Excellency’s most favourable Consideration trusting your Excellency will be pleased to allow him to take a Horse from the Government Herds - to be paid for at Twelve months credit, upon good and sufficient security and for such act of Benevolence-
Memorialist as in Duty bound will Pray.
New South Wales
21st March 1823
To certify that a horse belonging to James Smith, one of the Contractors for the land carriage of Commissariant Stores to Emu Plains was drowned in the River Nepean on the 15th Day of March 1823
Peter Murdock.
Emu Plains
2nd April 1823

James Smith died on 28th August 1829 in Bunnerong, NSW age 54.

The Australian (Sydney) Friday 28th August 1829 p. 3
On Wednesday morning, the 26th inst. Mr. James Smith, aged 58 years, licenced auctioneer, Cross Keys, Parramatta - a man universally esteemed and respected by all that knew him. He has been twenty years in this Colony, and has left a wife and seven children to deplore his loss.

Elizabeth died on 10th November 1846 in Sydney age 53.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 12th November 1846
On Tuesday morning last, at the residence of her son in law, Mr William Marshall, brass founder, Sussex St., Mrs Elizabeth Smith, relict to the late Mr James Smith formerly of the Cross Keys Parramatta in the 57 year of her age.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 17th November, 2017 made the following changes:

convicted at, date of birth: 1775 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th August, 1829 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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