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Details for the convict James Millard (1827)

Convict Name:James Millard
Trial Place:Southampton Quarter Session
Trial Date:9 January 1827
Sentence:7 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Layton I (1)
Arrival Year:1827
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James MILLAR was born c1804 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

Under the surname ‘Millard’ he was convicted on the 9th January 1827 at the Winchester Quarter Sessions of ‘stealing a quantity of fowls, the property of Rev. T.S. Rashleigh of Wickham’. He was sentenced to be transported for seven years. He stated on his conduct record that he was ‘out of work’ when he took them. Sentenced with him was a William Millard. The record also states that his mother and father were living in Wickham, surname ‘Miller’.
James is sent to Van Diemen’s Land aboard the ‘Layton’ departing from Plymouth on the 17th June 1827. The ‘Layton’ arrived in Hobart on the 9th October 1827.
James is assigned to work with William Barnes Esq J.P. in Launceston.
He is generally a well behaved convict getting into trouble on three occasions:
1) 28th Dec. 1829 – Disobedience of orders – Reprimanded.
2) 15th Feb. 1830 – Absenting himself from his masters service and being drunk – 50 lashes.
3) 10th Mar. 1831 – Drunkeness – One month imprisonment & hard labour.

He receives a ticket of leave in 1833 and is declared to be Free by Servitude on 9th Jan. 1834.

After being declared ‘free’, James continued to live in Launceston, Tasmania. He worked as a bricklayer, plasterer & mason.

James married the convict, Catherine Barnes (maiden name Bond) on 6th October 1836 in Launceston. However it is quite obvious that their relationship started well before this date. James fathered at least one child and possibly two prior to the marriage.

There are up to eight children attributed to James & Catherine Miller:

1)Mary Ann BARNES. *Born 8-10-1834 in Launceston.
2)Sarah Jane MILLER. *Born c1834 in Launceston.
3)Adelaide MILLER. *Born c1836 in Launceston.
4)Charlotte MILLER *Born 4-12-1839 in Launceston.
5)Catharine MILLER *Born 21-1-1843 in Launceston. (Mother’s surname was Bond)
6)James MILLER. *Born c1844 in Tasmania.
7)William MILLER. *Born c1848 in Launceston.
8)Thomas MILLER. *Born c1851 in Launceston.

The Millers had addresses in Patterson Street and Tamar Street, Launceston.

The family moved to Victoria after 1848 and settled in Buninyong near Ballarat.

James Miller was hospitalised on 27-7-1866 in Ballarat. The record states he was aged 63 years from Hampshire and lived at Scotchmans.

James MILLER died on 4-9-1870 in Scotchman’s Lead, near Ballarat.
Catherine MILLER died in Scotchman’s Lead on 26-8-1874.

Submitted by Researcher (Chris Nilsen) on 5 October 2018

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/6, p.209

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