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James Barry (c. 1811–1885)

James Barry ( - 1885), a farm labourer, was found guilty on 6 April 1850 at County Cork, Ireland, of stealing six sheep. Sentenced to 10 years transportation he arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Rodney in February 1852. According to his record he was a widower and had four children and had never been convicted before.

Barry was described as being 42 years old, 5 feet 6½ inches tall, with a sallow complexion, black hair, and dark grey eyes.  He had a clear conduct record and was granted a ticket of leave on 14 November 1854 and a conditional pardon on 14 August 1855.

Barry married Ellen Haggarty (registered as Helen Haggart), on 21 October 1857 at Launceston, Tasmania; both marked the register with an X. The couple had at least 10 children.

James Barry died on 24 July 1885 at Westbury, Tasmania; his occupation was given as labourer, his age as 77 and his cause of death as disease of the liver.

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), 25 July 1885, p 2

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'Barry, James (c. 1811–1885)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1811
Cork, Ireland


21 July, 1885 (aged ~ 74)
Westbury, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

liver dysfunction

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Convict Record

Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: 10 years
Court: Cork (Ireland)
Trial Date: 6 April 1850


Occupation: farm labourer
Married: Yes
Children: Yes (4)


Children: Yes (10)