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James BIRD (1819-1843)

Name: James BIRD
Sex: Male
Father: William BIRD (1794-1883)
Mother: Frances STILL (1785-1864)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 1819 Brettenham, Suffolk
Christening 30 May 1819 (age 0) St Mary, Brettenham
Census 1841 (age 21-22) Brettenham, Suffolk
Imprisonment 1842 (age 22-23) Australia
Transported for life for housebreaking alias Thomas Garston. Arrived Tasmania 1843 Duchess of Northumberland
Death 1843 (age 23-24) Tasmania

Individual Note 1

1841 - Brettenham

Individual Note 2

The Bury & Norwich Post & East Anglian

3 Aug 1842

Housebreaking. – James Bird was charged with breaking open the dwelling-house of the Rev. S. Cole Brettenham, and stealing therefrom sundry articles of plate. The Rev. Samuel Cole. Deposed –On Sunday, the 3rd of July, all my family went to Church. When I returned I found the back door broken open. Part of the door is glass, and one pane was broken, so that a person could put his hand through and unlock the door. The property stolen consisted of four silver table spoons, 4 dessert spoons, 6 tea spoons, soup ladle, meat skewer, sugar tongs, all silver, marked C, also 2 forks which are not found. Prisoner lived at Brettenham. His two sisters were, about 5 years ago, servants in my family. – Mary Brady, cook and housemaid to the prosecutor, deposed that in addition to the things stolen from the pantry, seven sovereigns, a half-sovereign, some silver, a punch bowl, and a silk handkerchief, were taken from a box in her bed-room. – Several witnesses spoke to the prisoner being in the neighbourhood that day, and John Norman, driver of the Telegraph swore the prisoner was a passenger on the night in question, and got off the coach near Mile End. – Augustus T. Fish, pawnbroker, Hackney, deposed that the prisoner called at this shop on Monday the 4th inst., and offered for sale a bent soup ladle. He gave him in charge to James Attwood, one of the metropolitan police, who found on him 4 table spoons, 4 dessert spoons, 6 tea spoons, a silver skewer, a pair of sugar tongs, soup ladle, 2 knives, a comb, and 5s. 2d. in money, which were identified. – Robert Seaman, constable Bildeston, produced a piece of earth with marks on it, corresponding with the nails in a boot taken from the prisoner. – The prisoner entered into a rambling defence as to the possession of the property, stating that he bought it of a person at Ofton, but could not produce him. – The Jury returned a verdict of Guilty. A previous conviction for felony was proved against the prisoner, and his Lordship sentenced him to be transported for life. After sentence was passed, he demanded to have returned to him two knives ,a comb, and a pair of boots. – His Lordship only allowed the boots to be returned.