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James Went

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Went
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1826
Occupation: Painter & glazier
Date of Death: 28th May, 1897
Age: 71 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 10 years

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Monmouth Assizes at Monmouth
Sentence term: 10 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 570
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 26th March, 2019 wrote:

4/8/1849 Monmouthshire Beacon Monmouthshire, Wales:
Wednesday.— (Before the Rev. M. H. Jones, D.D.) Wholesale House-Breaking.
James Went was charged with breaking into the houses of Charles Laban, labourer, of Penyclawdd, and of Benjamin Grundy, labourer, of Llanishen, and stealing from each a quantity of wearing apparel, bread, cheese, &C.  The prisoner, who is a present undergoing a term of imprisonment at our County Gaol for housebreaking, was proved to have had a portion of the goods in his possession, and to have pawned another portion at Mr. Woore’s.  The prosecutors, who are labouring men, had gone to their work and secured their cottages during their absence.  On their return, they discovered that their houses had been broken into, and a quantity of their little property stolen.__The prisoner was committed for trial on both charges.

James Went was single, 5’5” tall, dark hair, hazel eyes, long face, fresh complexion, build: proportionate, cut on left forefinger.

7/2/1853: TOL
16/9/1854: CP.

24/10/1854: Married Eliza Ann Emery, Adelaide, South Australia.
Charlotte Ann WENT Birth: 1855
Mary Ann (Polly) WENT Birth: 6 DEC 1856
Frederick WENT Birth: 14 FEB 1858
Harriet WENT Birth: 15 JUL 1859
Jessie WENT
William James WENT Birth: 2 JAN 1861
Frederick Emery WENT Birth: 17 JUL 1862
James WENT Birth: 21 APR 1864
Rose WENT Birth: 19 DEC 1865
Louisa WENT Birth: 1870

25/5/1897: James died at Port Pirie, SA.
He was a fisherman and painter, aged 71.
He Was buried at St Judes Anglican Church Cemetery, Brighton, SA.

Eliza Emery arrived in SA per John Renwick 20/2/1837.
Eliza died 25/7/1915 at St Leonards, SA.

Convict Changes History

Denise Harris on 8th June, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1826 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th May, 1897 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Denise Harris on 26th March, 2019 made the following changes:


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