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James Steel

James Steel, one of 280 convicts transported on the Recovery, 26 October 1835

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Steel
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Ostler
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 7 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Recovery
Departure date: 26th October, 1835
Arrival date: 25th February, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 280 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 188
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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D Wong on 15th June, 2019 wrote:

Theft: pocketpicking.
17th August 1835
Verdict Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
Sentence Transportation
THOMAS WEST and JAMES STEEL were indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of July, 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d., the goods of Richard Tell, from his person.

JAMES WILD (police-constable R 141.) I was on duty at Eltam in plain clothes on the 23rd of July—I saw the two prisoners sound seveal gentlemen’s pockets—they at last went behind the prosecutor, and West took this handkerchief from his pocket, and passed it to the other—I took Steel, and found this handkerchief and another silk handkerchief on him.

RICHARD TELL. I was at Eltham. I was told my handkerchief was gone—I turned and saw Steel, who was putting it under his cost—this is it.

West. Q. You said you could not swear to that handkerchief? A. I had one exactly like it—I missed it, and saw Steel putting it into his cost.

WILLIAM TOOKEY (police-constable L 148.) I was on duty—I saw West run away, and I took him—I did not see the handkerchief found on Steel.

(The prisoner Steel put in a written defence, stating that the handkerchief found on him was his own, and that the other prisoner was a stranger to him.)

WEST— GUILTY. Aged 41.

Transported for Seven Years.

Thomas West arrived per ‘Strathfieldsaye 1836’.

James Steel was 20 years old on arrival.
Native Place: London.

James was illiterate, protestant, single, 5’5¼” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, lost two front upper teeth, blue spot on back of right wrist, two scars back of forefinger right hand, W R, crown, J M on upper, four blue dots back of lower left arm, and two dots and two scars on same hand.

1840: TOL, Bathurst.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 15th June, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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