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James Webb

James Webb, one of 230 convicts transported on the Dudbrook, 17 November 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Webb
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1821
Occupation: Carrier
Date of Death: 29th August, 1884
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Dudbrook
Departure date: 17th November, 1852
Arrival date: 7th February, 1853
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 234 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 561 (283)
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

julie cook on 7th February, 2017 wrote:

Married in 1862 to Catherine Wilson had 7 children

Stephen R. Lewis on 25th April, 2017 wrote:

James Webb was convicted of larceny (knowingly in receipt of stolen goods) at the Central Criminal Court in London (The Old Bailey) on April 8th 1850, and given 7 years transportation. In the Court transcripts, James’ age is recorded as 29 (so born n 1821).
James was initially incarcerated at Newgate Prison and was subsequently transferred to Pentonville Prison on May 9th 1850 - where his age is also recorded as 29, and occupation was Brushmaker. 
On being transported to the Swan River Colony on the “Dudbrook” he is listed as 20 years of age and his occupation is recorded as a Locksmith.
Following 3 years in Western Australia he was given a Conditional Pardon in July 1855.  From 1860 to 1880 James worked as a Carrier on the Mail Coach run from Perth to Albany and vv.
James Webb married Catherine Wilson in 1859, and they were to have 6 children (Elizabeth Mary, Caroline Sophia, Edward James, Martha, Magdelena Mary and Gerald).  James died on 27th August 1884 and his age is recorded as 59 ....
No Inquest was held into his death as he had been on the lash for several months (2 Court appearances for being drunk & disorderly) and he was found comatose at the Horse & Groom Hotel on Goderich Street. He died later at his home in Howick Street. His death was recorded as heart disease.
As there are several conflicting ages / dates of birth for James, I have deferred to that recorded by the Central Criminal Court in London.
James Webb is buried in an unmarked burial plot at East Perth Cemetery.

julie cook on 21st May, 2020 wrote:

James and Catherine had 7 children.
Elizabeth Mary 1863
Caroline Sophia 1866
Martha 1870
Edward James 1868
Joseph 1873
Magdalene Mary 1876 Nun Northam & Fremantle St Joseph.
Gerald 1879

Convict Changes History

julie cook on 7th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1833 (prev. 0000), date of death: 29th August, 1884 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Stephen R. Lewis on 25th April, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1821 (prev. 1833), occupation

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