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James Tracey

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Tracey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1819
Occupation: Gentleman's servant
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 Life

Crime: Wounding with intent
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin City
Sentence term: Life
Ship: British Sovereign
Departure date: 16th December, 1840
Arrival date: 17th March, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 24 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convict records.
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Nell Murphy on 27th April, 2019 wrote:

James TRACEY was convicted at Dublin City, Ireland on 20 June 1840 for malicious wounding, with intent (a young woman) Stated he was under the influence of liquor at the time. Life Sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), Australia per the ship “British Sovereign” arriving there 17 March 1841. Ship Surgeon’s Report: “quiet, intelligent and steady, mild disposition. employed on voyage as a hospital man”.

Single man; aged 22yrs; gent’s servant & valet; 5’5” height; fair complexion; brown hair; blue eyes.
Native place of birth: Carlow, Ireland.
Lived with his widowed mother.

Colony of VDL:
2 yrs Probation Period
7 July 1843: E. Lord Esq at Bothwell - disobedience of orders. 14 days solitary confinement.
1 Jan 1844: E. Lord Esq at Bothwell - disobedience of orders and refusing to work. 7 days solitary confinement.
14 April 1844: Appointed a Police Constable (Govt Gazette 15 April 1844)
20 March 1849: Ticket of Leave granted.
13 July 1852: Conditional Pardon approved.

Nell Murphy on 27th April, 2019 wrote:

5 Aug 1852:  James TRACEY, aged 32 yrs, bachelor, free by servitude status   to Johanna AHERN, aged 18 yrs, spinster, free status. Richmond district, VDL at the Catholic Church, Jerusalem. (ref. 37/1/11 no. 1081)

11 Aug 1853 Mary TRACEY born at Richmond, VDL. Father - James TRACEY, Police Constable, Jerusalem.  Mother - Johanna TRACEY (formerly COCHRANE).  (REF. 33/1/31 no. 1079.  Note mother’s maiden name is different to that given on marriage certificate, but appears to be same person)

(Other children were later born, in Victoria, Australia)

The family left Van Diemen’s Land for Victoria, Australia in 1854- to seek fortune in the Gold Fields at Fryer’s Creek.

(N.B. There were several other persons named James Tracey in the Colony abt the same time.)

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 27th April, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Archives - convict records. (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Tracey, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1819, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

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