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Item: 180989
Surname: Calvert
First Name: Chief Constable James
Ship: -
Date: 31 August 1824
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: William Moore and Ann Spinks in the service of Government, charged with drunkenness and resisting the Chief Constable in the execution of his duty. James Calvert, Chief Constable, stated....as I was going my rounds last night between 9 and 10 oclock, and hearing a noise at the house of William Moore, I went there and heard Ann Spinks who was standing at the door abusing someone. I desired her to go in to the house. She replied, go home to your own blood whore of a wife, I replied if she did not go quietly in I would take her to the watch house. She replied she would not go in for me. I approached to take her into custody when she seized me by the collar and tore my shirt and struck me on the eye. Moore came out and pulled her away......Calvert sent for more constables to assist and when they returned William Moore took up a spade in his hand and threatened the constables with violence if they came inside his paling. Both Moore and Spinks were drunk and the constables left them until morning when they apprehended them. William Moore was ordered to be returned to Barracks by the Magistrate and Ann Spinks was to spend the night in the cells for one week


 
Item: 180995
Surname: Calvert
First Name: Chief Constable James
Ship: -
Date: 6 September 1824
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: Samuel Bryant in the service of government charged with drunkenness and riotous behaviour. Chief Constable James Calver stated - On Saturday last I was informed that Bryant was behaving in a very riotous manner at a public house. I went there and found him drunk and quarrelsome. I took him to the watch house and afterwards in consequence of his continuing trouble, I directed a constable to convey him to jail. On Bryants way to the jail he was permitted to call at a house in Macquarie St. to get as he said his blanket, but when desired to leave the house he refused, in my attempting to compel him, he seized a knife and made a cut at me, but a constable present struck him with his staff and I knocked the knife from his hand. He was very abusive to me as also to the constables who came to my assistance but in the end we secured him and lodged him in jail. Sentence - In consequence of frequent complaints against the prisoner for drunkenness and outrageous conduct, he is ordered to be worked in the gaol gang and to be sent to Port Macquarie


 
Item: 181100
Surname: Calvert
First Name: Chief Constable James
Ship: -
Date: 15 March 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: Thomas Jones in service to government, charged with absenting himself from his quarters at unseasonable hours and for maliciously biting the Chief Constables finger...The Chief Constable states....the prisoners was reported to me to be absent from his quarters. I found him at the house of Susan Grey. In taking him into custody there was a struggle, in which the prisoner got my finger in his mouth and bit it most violently.The prisoner states in his defence - I was intoxicated and did not know what I was about. Sentenced to 50 lashes and solitary confinement for the remainder of his sentence


 
Item: 181194
Surname: Calvert
First Name: Chief Constable James
Ship: -
Date: 30 April 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: James Calvert, chief constable and Charles Merritt, ordinary constable, for the township of Newcastle. Calvert charged with drunkenness and neglect of duty and outrageous conduct towards the Principal Superintendent. Merritt charged with drunkenness. Mr. Frederick Dixon principal superintendent, states.....the services of the chief constable being required last night, I went to his house where I found him abed. I desired him to get up as the Commandant wanted him. When he got up I perceived that he was very drunk. He made use of the most violent and abusive language towards me (too horrid to be repeated) for disturbing him. He also made an attack upon me and tore my shirt to tatters. He was so outrageous that I considered it my duty to convey him to the watch house. I called in two constables to assist, Merritt and James Bailey, and with their aid, I got Calvert to the watch house. Merritt was also drunk and Bailey had been drinking. I then went to report the transaction to the Commandant. On my return home in passing the watch house I met Bailey. He was then so drunk he could hardly keep his legs indeed he fell down two or three times whilst I was speaking to him. He told me he had liberated Calvert. I again confined Calvert but released him this morning on finding him sober. Bailey is now so drunk he is unable to appear in court. Merritt admits his being drunk and throws himself on the mercy of the court. Calvert made no defence. Sentenced: James Calvert dismissed from his situation. Charles admonished. James Bailey to be confined to further orders. On 3rd May James Calvert was re-instated as Chief constable. James Bailey was ordered to return to his duty as constable


 
Item: 35679
Surname: Calvert
First Name: Constable James
Ship: Hebe 1820
Date: 1825 22 April
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Chief Constable at Newcastle


 
Item: 35678
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 1811 26 October
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Forwarded to Newcastle


 
Item: 155935
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 1823 17 April
Place: Newcastle
Source: Australian Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
Details: Marriage of James Calvert and Sophia Stratford


 
Item: 181547
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 21 November 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: Samuel Hart in government service, charged with assaulting the overseer of the prisoners barracks. James Calvert, overseer of the barracks states... the prisoner is a water carrier for the gaol and has no business at the barracks. He came there on Friday, he appeared to be intoxicated. I desired him to go away. I insisted upon his going as he seemed to be violently disposed. He would not go, on my attempting to push him out he picked up a stone and threw it at me. The prisoners states.. I was in liquor and did not known what I was doing. Samuel Hart sentenced to 50 lashes.


 
Item: 181559
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 24 November 1825
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825 (Ancestry)
Details: John Mentzlaer, free, appointed constable for the town of Newcastle in the room of James Calvert, appointed overseer of Prisoners Barracks


 
Item: 181697
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: -
Date: 27 February 1826
Place: Newcastle
Source: NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court: 1823-1825, 1826-1827 (Ancestry)
Details: James Calvert, overseer of the prisoners barracks charged with improper language to a sentry on his post. The sentry stated - On Saturday night between the hours of 9 and 11, I was sentry at the Stores opposite the prisoners barracks. I heard much singing in the barracks and about 10 oclock the door was opened and a man came out and ran down the street. I challenged him but he did not reply and ran round the corner. A person then came to the door of the prisoners barracks and I asked who had been permitted to pass out. He said no one and that we were at our old tricks but that I had nothing to do with them, meaning the barracks. I told him if I saw anything going wrong there I would let him know I had to do with him. There had been much noise in the barracks all the time I had been on my post. The Chief constable states I learnt from the sentry that some person had passed out of barracks at an improper hour. I crossed over to the barracks and enquired of Calvert who had been permitted to pass out. He replied no one to his knowledge. I discovered that the wardsman was absent. James Calvert states - The Principal Superintendents Clerk was with me on Saturday to a late hour. We were checking over our ration returns when we had finished them, I sent the wardsman out for a pot of beer. When I addressed the sentry I had no intention to give offence. This is a malicious accusation as the Military have an old spite against me. The Court is of opinion that James Calvert is unfit to hold the situation of overseer of prisoners barracks. He is therefore dismissed. Constable Nicholas Heally is ordered to take charge of the prisoners barracks until further orders.


 
Item: 35680
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: Hebe 1820
Date: 1821 12 September
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per 'Elizabeth Henrietta'


 
Item: 35681
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: Hebe 1820
Date: 1823 12 January
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: Prisoner at Newcastle wishing to marry Sophia Stratford


 
Item: 160720
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: Hebe 1820
Date: 17 April 1823
Place: Church of England, Newcastle
Source: Church of England Marriage Register Book 1818 - 1825. University of Newcastle
Details: No. 29. Marriage of James Calvert to Sophia Stratford, both of Newcastle. Witnesses James and Mary Crofts. Minister Rev. G.A. Middleton


 
Item: 162981
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: Hebe 1820
Date: -
Place: Newcastle
Source: General Muster of New South Wales 1823, 1824, 1825
Details: Prisoner under sentence of 14 years transportation. Employed as Overseer at the prisoner barracks at Newcastle


 
Item: 167155
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: Hebe 1820
Date: -
Place: -
Source: UK Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books. Ancestry
Details: Age 30. Convicted of Horse stealing on 4 March 1820 at York. Received onto the Leviathan Hulk from York Castle on 3 May 1820 and transferred to the convict ship Hebe for transportation to New South Wales on 12 July 1820


 
Item: 167156
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: Hebe 1820
Date: 30 October 1819
Place: York
Source: The York Herald
Details: James Calvert, charged upon oath with having on the 22nd instant at Headingly in the Borough of Leeds feloniously stolen and led away one Gelding, the property of George Romaine Goff


 
Item: 139051
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: John 1827
Date: 1837
Place: Brisbane Water
Source: GRC
Details: Age 29. Ticket of leave holder


 
Item: 77150
Surname: Calvert
First Name: James
Ship: Minorca 1801 (?)
Date: 1803 7 July
Place: -
Source: SG
Details: Sentenced to 300 lashes for 'running away from the colony'. Apprehended at Hunter River



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