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Waterson, James (c. 1769–1858)

James Waterson was sentenced to life transportation on 3 August 1789 at the Norwich Assizes, Norfolk. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Albemarle in July 1791 as part of the Third Fleet.

Waterson was sent to Norfolk Island on the Pitt in May 1792. He was living with Elizabeth Connelly (née Thomas) and her child by 1797; they had four children together. The couple, and five children, left Norfolk Island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Estramania in May 1808 and settled on 36 acres at Clarence Plains.

Waterson was granted a conditional pardon in July 1811 and a free pardon in January 1813. He had married Elizabeth Connelly at Hobart on 13 April 1812. He died at Clarence Plains on 6 January 1858; his cause of death was given as general debility; his age as 91 and his occupation as sawyer.

* information from HMH Sirius 1786-1790: https://hmssirius.com.au/william-connelly-convict-alexander-1788-and-elizabeth-thomas-convict-prince-of-wales-1788/

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'Waterson, James (c. 1769–1858)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/waterson-james-30596/text37922, accessed 26 September 2021.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

c. 1769

Death

6 January 1858
Clarence Plains, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: life