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James Bradley

Born circa 1765, James Bradley was in Kensington when he stole a white linen handkerchief with a purple border to the value of 2 shillings from Robert Thornton on 8th June 1785.

At the Old Bailey he was sentenced on 29th June 1785 to 7 years transportation, and sent to the "Ceres" hulk. His age was given as 21. From there he was transferred to the "Juliana" hulk on 13th January 1787 and then to Portsmouth for embarkation on the ship "Scarborough" on 27th February 1787.

The Scarborough departed Plymouth England on 13th May 1787. She was on charter to the British Government as a transport, to convey convicts to Botany Bay, New South Wales. She was under the command of Capt. John Marshall.

The "Scarborough" arrived at Botany Bay on 20th January 1788 as part of the First Fleet but as the bay was deemed unsuitable for settlement, the Fleet moved on to Sydney Cove in Port Jackson arriving on 26th Jan 1788.


At Port Jackson Bradley suffered 25 lashes on 23rd February 1789 for insolence to a sentinel.

James Bradley married Sarah Barnes at Parramatta on 12 August 1792.

Sarah was a Third Fleet convict who arrived in the Colony on the ship "Mary Ann" on 9th July 1791.

Less than two years later, on 20th February 1794, he received a land grant of 30 acres at the Eastern Farms. James and Sarah went on to have ten children.

James died at Kissing Point on 16th February 1838 and is buried in what became St. Anne’s church cemetery Ryde NSW.

Sarah died on 9th July 1853 at Kissing Point and is also buried in St. Anne’s church cemetery, Ryde NSW.

Submitted by : Valerie Williams, Member WFHG, 20 February 2010

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