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James Cribb (1797–1841)

James Cribb (1797-1841), a labourer, was sentenced to life transportation on 25 March 1815 at the Lancaster Assizes, Lancashire. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Atlas in July 1816. He was described as being 5 feet 3¼ (160.6 cms) inches tall, with a fair pale complexion, sandy hair, and grey eyes. He was sent to Windsor for 'distribution'.

Cribb married Jane Hewitt on 7 December 1820 at St Philip's Church, Sydney. In 1822  and 1825 he was listed as a government servant, employed by his wife. He was granted a conditional pardon on 23 June 1838.

James Cribb died following an accident with his horse drawn vehicle on 13 July 1841 at Richmond, New South Wales.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia —

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Life Summary [details]


13 August, 1797
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England


13 July, 1841 (aged 43)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

horse-drawn vehicle accident

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Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: life
Court: Lancashire
Trial Date: 25 March 1815


Occupation: labourer


Children: Yes (9)