Where is Tasmanian convict James Cole?

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I'm looking for James Cole, born c.1811; lived in Dorset, England, where he committed his crime in 1839. Transported to Van Dieman's Land, arriving on the Canton in 1840, with sentence of 15 years. There is a record in the Tasmanian Library, which gives details and confirms his conditional pardon in 1849. He was free to leave VDL after 1854. The Library has no information on James's fate. Tasmanian register of deaths, etc, has no search facility, so I can't even look for possibilities to make speculative purchases. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Many thanks.
in Genealogy Help by Richard Webb G2G Crew (460 points)

James Cole

 in the England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892

Name: James Cole
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1811
Date of Trial: 2 Jul 1839
Trial Year: 1839
Location of Trial: Dorset, England
Sentence: Transportation
Crime: See Image
Date of Execution or Release: See Image

According to this document he was arrested for stealing coals? That warrants fifteen years?

James Cole

 in the Dorset, England, Dorchester Prison Admission and Discharge Registers, 1782-1901

Name: James Cole
Age: 28
Birth Year: abt 1811
Received Date: 6 May 1839
Record Type: Prisoner Register
Year Range: 1838-1844
Reference Number: NG PR1 D2 3

This document shows him arrested for larceny. He served one month

James Cole

 in the England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892

Name: James Cole
Age: 26
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1811
Date of Trial: 27 Jun 1837
Trial Year: 1837
Location of Trial: Dorset, England
Sentence: Imprisonment
Crime: See Image
Date of Execution or Release: See Image

James Coles

 in the 1881 England Census

Name: James Coles
[James Cole] 
Age: 70
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1811
Relationship to Head: Servant
Gender: Male
Where born: Tarrant Gunville, Dorset, England
Civil Parish: Tarrant Gunville
County/Island: Dorset
Country: England
Street Address: Gunville Lodge
Education:
Employment status:
image
Occupation: General Servant Domestic
Registration District: Blandford
ED, institution, or vessel: 11
Neighbors:
Piece: 2089
Folio: 63
Page Number: 8
Household Members:
Name Age
William Lane 65
Sarah Lane 65
James Coles 70

James Calo

in the 1871 England Census

Name: James Calo [
]
Age: 60
Estimated Birth Year: 1811
Relation: Head
Gender: Male
Where born: Tarrant Gunville Dorset England
Civil parish: Tarrant Gunville
County/Island: Dorset
Country: England
Registration district: Blandford
Sub-registration district: Blandford
ED, institution, or vessel: 11
Household schedule number: 51
Piece: 1979
Folio: 64
Page number: 8

James Cole

 in the Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2010

Name: James Cole
Death Age: 78
Birth Year: abt 1810
Burial Date: 23 Aug 1888
Burial Place: Cheselbourne, Dorset, England
Search Photos: Search for 'Cheselbourne' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection
Yes, stealing coal from a vessell at Wareham, the property of Messrs Pike.  This was the crime for which he received the sentence of 15 years transportation in 1839.

The 1837 crime was stealing turf from William Torrefield of Wareham.

I can't see ancestry.  I assume there is no home address given for James in either of these registers?  It would be very unusual to be specific on home details.  I would be very happy if it said "Lady St Mary, Wareham, Dorset" or similar?

I don't think the Census or burial records are the same man.  His wife referred to herself as a widow by 1861 and never remarried - if James did come back to England, he didn't re-unite with his family.
Many thanks for your replies!

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