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Brackenreg, James (1758–1844)

James Brackenreg was a private in the New South Wales Corps when he arrived in Sydney aboard the Neptune in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet. On 28 February 1796 at St Philips, Sydney, he married Catherine Eades, a widow, who had a grant of land near his at Petersham Hill. In 1808 Brackenreg was described as being 50 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches tall with grey eyes, light brown hair, and a thin sallow complexion. He joined the Veteran Company when the NSW Corps left the colony in 1810. Stationed near Bathurst from 1816, he was discharged on 23 September 1823. In 1828 he was described as a shoemaker. He died at his daughter's home at Freeman's Reach on 11 March 1844.

*information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain's Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 170

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Alternative Names
  • Brakinridge, James
  • Brackenrag, James
  • Breecenrig, James

23 May 1758
Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland


11 March 1844
Freeman's Reach, New South Wales, Australia

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