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James Wallis

James Wallis, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Wallis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1791
Occupation: Soldier
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 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Eldon
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 30th September, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: UK Prison Hulk Registers HO9/4. State Archives NSW, Indents (NRS 12188, Item 4/4005, Microfiche 638)Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 330
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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Beth Kebblewhite on 6th August, 2019 wrote:

SRNSW Col Sec Papers Index

WALLIS, James. Per “Lord Eldon”, 1817

1818 Mar 13
On list of convicts to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6006; 4/3498 p.87)

1818 Mar 14
Was the ring leader of a group of pirates. To be strictly observed and wrought in irons at Newcastle (Reel 6006; 4/3498 p.86)

1818 Mar 27
Detained in Sydney by an error of the Gaoler (Reel 6006; 4/3498 p.117)

1818 Mar 30
On list of convicts to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson” (Reel 6006; 4/3498 p.118)

1819 Oct 22
On list of prisoners sent to Newcastle per “Princess Charlotte”; listed as Wallace (Reel 6006; 4/3500 p.319)

1823 Apr 15
Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3236; 4/1870 p.88)

1824 Apr; 1825 Jun 14
Of 56 Kent Street and 106 George Street. Memorial for allotment in Sydney and land for cattle (Fiche 3115; 4/1840A No.1018 pp.75-80)

Iris Dunne on 6th August, 2019 wrote:

Indents: aged 25, Conviction 4 November 1816, Native Place Belfast, Trade: Leut. in Navy

Prison Hulk ship Justitia moored in Woolwich, Date received 12 February 1817, aged 24, Offence: Fraud

D Wong on 6th August, 2019 wrote:

James Wallis was listed as 25 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Belfast, Antrim County.

Occupation: Navy Lieutenant.

James was 5’7½” tall, florid complexion red hair, hazel eyes.

James Wallis
Ship: Lord Eldon 1817
Date: 14 March 1818
Place: Newcastle
Source: Colonial Secretarys Papers. Copies of Letters Sent within the Colony. Correspondence to Commandant James Wallis.
**(Captain James Wallis (1785 – 1858)
Captain James Wallis, soldier of the 46th Regiment, was the Commandant of Newcastle from June 1816 to December 1818, appointed by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. He enjoyed sketching as well as exploring and recruited talented convicts, such as Joseph Lycett, as artists. He was friendly with the local Awabakal people, especially their leader Burigon, who led him on hunting trips. During his time as Commandant he made many improvements to Newcastle, including building Christ Church Cathedral and conceptualising the breakwater at Nobby’s. Maitland was originally named ‘Wallis Plains’ after him**).
Details: On a list of 35 prisoners to be sent to Newcastle penal settlement on the Lady Nelson. In correspondence to the Commandant he was described - as being bred up as an officer in the Navy, but whose pretensions to any thing like the character of Gentleman are certainly on as low a scale as any of those with whom his crimes have destined him now to associate. This young man who only arrived here per the Lord Eldon on the 30th of September last and who had on account of his former rank been immediately indulged with a Ticket of Leave has been busily employed almost from the day of his arrival in forming plots for the cutting out different vessels from the Harbour. In two cases it has been ascertained that he was the ring leader of a gang of pirates who were prepared to effect their purposes by the most sanguinary means. From all these circumstances the Governor desires that you will cause this man to be strictly observed and that he be wrought in irons.

24/5/1822 Sydney Gazette:
James Wallis, absconded from the Prisoners Barracks.

13/11/1823 Sydney Gazette:

Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 23 March 2020), June 1815, trial of JAMES WALLIS (t18150621-17).
JAMES WALLIS, Theft > grand larceny, 21st June 1815.
698. JAMES WALLIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 17th of May , a coach glass, value 30 s. the property of Edward White .

WILLIAM CHALTERN . I am coachman to Mr. White. I lost the coach glass at the Hare and Hounds-yard, Islington . I saw it the night before it was lost, about eight or nine o’clock, I was called up the next morning about six o’clock, by the watchman, who informed me that he had stopped the prisoner with a coach glass; which turned out to belong to my coach.

THOMAS WOOD . I am a coachman of Islington At about half past four in the morning, the prisoner passed me in Barnsbury-street; I saw him come out of the yard with a coach glass under his arm, in a bag. I asked him what he had in the bag, and he told me a coach glass, and he was going to get the string mended. I told him, he had stolen it, and I took him back to the yard, where he pointed out to me the coach from which he took it; he did not say he belonged to the coach.

JOHN FRANKLIN . I produce the coach glass. The prisoner was brought to me at the watchhouse, a little before five in the morning.

MR. WHITE. I know it to be my coach glass.

GUILTY , aged 26.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.


Convict Changes History

Beth Kebblewhite on 6th August, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

Iris Dunne on 6th August, 2019 made the following changes:

source: UK Prison Hulk Registers HO9/4. State Archives NSW, Indents (NRS 12188, Item 4/4005, Microfiche 638)Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 330 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microf

Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 made the following changes:


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