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George James Broomhead (c. 1803–1872)

George James Broomhead (c.1803-1881), a horse dealer, was found guilty on 12 August 1843 at Lancaster, of horse stealing. Sentened to 10 years transportation he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Marion in April 1844. He was described as being 36 years old, 5 feet 7 inches(170.2 cms) tall, with a ruddy complexion, brown hair, and hazel eyes. He could read and write.

Broomhead was granted a conditional pardon on 8 April 1851. He had married Sarah Lambert on 22 July 1850 at Hobart; they had seven children.

As James Broomhead he died on 31 March 1872 at the General Hospital, Hobart, of diarrhea. His age was given as 67 and his occupation as woolsorter.

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c. 1803
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England


31 March, 1872 (aged ~ 69)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: 10 years
Court: Lancashire
Trial Date: 10 August 1843


Occupation: horse dealer