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Jemmison, James (c. 1760–1788)

James Jemmison/Jameson (c.1760-1788) was found guilty on 19 March 1784 at Maidstone, Kent, of breaking into a house and stealing clothing and a watch. Sentenced to 7 years transportation to 'parts beyond the seas', he was among the prisoners who mutinied on the convict transport Mercury bound for America in April 1784. Recaptured, he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk in June 1784. He was discharged to the Friendship in March 1787 and arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Jemmison was buried at Sydney Cove on 10 June 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 192

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Jamison, James
  • Jammison, James
  • Jameson, James
  • Jemmerson, James
  • Jammison, John

c. 1760
Deptford, Kent, England


9 June, 1788 (aged ~ 28)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years