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James Wood

James Wood, one of 296 convicts transported on the Pyrenees, 31 January 1853

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Wood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1828
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 9th September, 1903
Age: 75 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Somerset. City and Borough of Bath Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Pyrenees
Departure date: 31st January, 1853
Arrival date: 30th April, 1853
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 295 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 18
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

Matthew Erickson on 1st May, 2017 wrote:

Second offence. First offence stole a Boa from a pub. Second offence stole pair of shoes.

D Wong on 2nd May, 2017 wrote:

Birth date given on Fremantle Prison database was 1828 but records on Ancestry state 1831.

James Wood was 25 years old on arrival in WA.  Tried on 13/4/1849, so had spent some years in gaol.  He was single, 5’3 1/2” tall, black hair, black eyes, round face, dark complexion, stout build.

1/5/1853: TOL

1854: Married Mary Ann O’Brien - children: James 1856, Grace 1860, Mary 1861, Margaret Grace 1865, John Thomas 1866.

The village of Toodyay was established in 1836 and in 1864 George Hasell constructed a single storey building here for James Thomas Woods.  Woods ran a store on the site and obtained a storekeeper’s gallon licence. In 1875 Woods added eight rooms to the store and from 1880 provided a venue for dances in the “long room”. In 1882 Woods applied for a Billiard and Bagatelle License and in 1888 he converted the store into a licensed premises, which he called the Victoria Hotel. He also acted as a banker, as there were no other banking services available in town.

In 1892 Charles Corpaccioli leased the Victoria Hotel from J.T. Woods for a yearly rental of £100.

9/9/1903: James died and was buried at the Toodyay Cemetery.

3/10/1903 The W.A. Record, Perth:
OF your Charity Pray for the Repose of
the Soul of James Thomas Wood, dearly beloved husband of M. A. Wood, who died at his home, Newcastle, on September 9, 1903, aged 73 years— R.I.P.

Convict Changes History

Matthew Erickson on 1st May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of death: 1903 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 2nd May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1828 (prev. 0000), date of death: 9th September, 1903 (prev. 1903), occupation

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