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James Venn

James Venn, one of 60 convicts transported on the Eliza, 12 December 1849

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Venn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1828
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1st April, 1908
Age: 80 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Gloucester. Assizes at Gloucester
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 12th December, 1849
Arrival date: 30th April, 1850
Place of arrival Norfolk Island and Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 59 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 108
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 1st October, 2018 wrote:

13/4/1848 Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Somerset, England:

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ASSIZES. (Continued from our last.) CROWN COURT. Highway Robbery.— James Venn, 20, was indicted for highway robbery, and for beating with intent to do some grievous bodily harm to the person of Mary Ann Loosmore.

James Venn was listed as 22 years old on arrival in VDL - Native Place: Bristol.

Previous convictions: for lead, 7 yrs, served 3 yrs & 11 months in 1843 at Woolwich the Justitia Hulk ; 3 months for brass.

James was single, C of E, 5’4” tall, fair complexion, ?? hair, grey eyes, literate, scar on forefinger left hand.

Brothers: John, Thomas, Henry, William.
Sisters: Ellen, Fanny - about London.

Spent 21 months at Norfolk Island.
Arrived VDL per ‘Seppings’.

29/12/1853: Absconded.

9/2/1855: Port Arthur.

19/1/1857: Hobart - misconduct, 3 days solitary.

25/2/1857: Absconded.

3/4/1908 The North Western Advocate, Tasmania:
VENN.— At Wilmot, James Venn, late
of Dairy Plains, aged 80 years.

Convict Changes History

David Melhuish on 30th September, 2018 made the following changes:

date of death: 1st April, 1908 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 1st October, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1828 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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