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James PORTER - Convict Number 62119.


James, aged 13 years, was tried at County Sessions, Preston, Lancashire on the 5 January 1842 and was sentenced to seven years transportation for larceny.  After attending Court, James was sent to the Hulk 'Euryalus' to await transportation.


He boarded the Elphinstone on the 30 March 1842 which departed London on the 10 April 1842 arriving in Van Diemens Land on the

28 July 1842.


Information from Conduct Record CON33/25:

Name:                     James Porter

Trade:                     Labourer

Height:                    4' 8"

Age:                        15 years

Complexion:            Fresh

Head:                      Oval

Hair:                        Brown

Whiskers:                None

Visage:                    Oval

Forehead:               Medium Height

Eyebrows:               Black

Eyes:                       Hazel

Nose:                      Medium

Mouth:                    Medium

Chin:                       Broad

Native Place:          Preston


Transported for Felony.  Gaol Report:  Three times Felony, once as a Rogue and Vagabond. Hulk Report:  None.  Stated this offence - stealing 2 sticks of liquorice - once for 10/- 1 month and flogged, 3 months for stealing at a fair - pris ? discharged - for cakes discharged - Vagrancy 3 months.  Single.

General conduct:  Orderly.


Remarks:  Slightly freckled, scar on left shoulder, small scar on forehead.


Period of Probation:  Two years

Station of Gang:  Point Puer 8/8/42

Emerged from gang 14 July 1846

21 July 1846 Ticket of Leave


19 April 1847 - Hobart - Absent from his ? service without leave - committed to gaol for 48 hours 27 Sep 1848 - Hobart - Disturbing the public peace - ? ? & hard labour. Ticket of leave approved 29 September 1848.


James left Hobart Tasmania and went to Victoria where he formed an association with Amelia Pinnuck nee Langley, daughter of

David Langley and Phillis Skinner.  Amelia Pinnuck was the wife of Richard Pinnuck, who was transported to VDL on the Elphinstone with James Porter.


On the 23 January 1859, Adelaide Porter was born at White Hills, Victoria to James Porter and Amelia Langley.  Adelaide married Samuel Stephens on the 9 August 1880 in Echuca, Victoria.  She died on the 27 January 1940 at Footscray, Victoria.


James Porter, son of James Porter and Amelia Langley, was born in 1863 at White Hills, Victoria.


In 1868 Alice Porter was born to James Porter and Amelia Langley at Majorca, Victoria.   Alice died aged 13 months at Majorca in 1869.

James PORTER died in Ballarat, Victoria in 1868, the result of effects of an amputation.




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Henry ORME


Daniel EVANS

Susanna ROBERTS (nee Pittman)




05 February 2017