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James Bayly (c. 1745–?)

James Bayly/Bailey/Bayley was found guilty on 11 March 1786 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, of stealing a great coat and other goods. He spent time on the Dunkirk hulk before arriving in Sydney aboard the Charlotte in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. In February 1789 he was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply and by 1 July 1791 was keeping 2 people on a Sydney Town allotment, with 120 rods cleared. By May 1794 he was working as a labourer. He left the island for Port Jackson on 7 November on the Daedalus.

Is is likely that Bayly returned to England. A James Bailey was permitted to leave for England on the Harriet in May 1805.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 29

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Alternative Names
  • Bailey, James
  • Bayley, James

c. 1745

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years