On 1 April 1815, the Sydney Gazette published the following description concerning James Gough. It was noted that he had absented himself from his place of employment and that all constables were strictly required to use their utmost to apprehend him and return him to custody.
James Goff or Gough, Joiner, age 25 years, native of London, 5 feet 10 ½ inches high, ruddy complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, tried at the Old Bailey, London in 1812, and sentenced to transportation for life. Came in the Earl Spencer transport in 1813
On 6 May, Gough surrendered to the Superintendent of Convicts at Sydney and was later returned to the Parramatta Lumberyard and placed in an iron gang.