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James Oldfield (c. 1781–1824)

James Oldfield (c.1781-1824), a ropemaker, was sentenced to 14 years transportation on 13 March 1800 at Nottinghamshire, England. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Earl Cornwallis (as James Smith) in June 1801. By 1822 he was working as a labourer.

Smith had one child (as James Oldfield) with Catherine Maren (1813) and two children (again, as James Oldfield) with Ann Hansell (1821 and 1823) before his death (as James Smith) on 14 January 1824 at Richmond; his age was given as 43.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Oaldfield, James
  • Smith, James

c. 1781


14 January, 1824 (aged ~ 43)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Nottinghamshire
Trial Date: 13 March 1800


Occupation: ropemaker


Children: Yes (3)