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James Underwood

James Underwood, one of 400 convicts transported on the Tortoise, 28 September 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Underwood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Bricklayer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Manslaughter
Convicted at: Northamptonshire Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Tortoise
Departure date: 28th September, 1841
Arrival date: 19th February, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 400 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 387 (195). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON33-1-17,411,363,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 30th December, 2013 wrote:

James Underwood was convicted at Northampton on 01/03/1841 for manslaughter, together with Joseph Bedford (also transported on this ship) - shot a game keeper at Lord Northampton,whilst we were poaching. Life sentence. Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the ‘Tortoise’, arriving 19/02/1842.

Bricklayer/farm labourer; aged 22yrs; 5’4”; married; Protestant; read & write; fresh complexion; black hair; Hazel eyes.
Native Place - East Yardly

Station Gang: Impression Bay. 3yrs Probation.

Remarks: good, quiet, orderly.

Ticket of Leave 16/04/1850

Conditional Pardon 07/02/1854

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 30th December, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1820, gender, occupation, crime

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