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James Edward Bradley (1765–1838)

James Edward Bradley was found guilty on 29 June 1785 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a white linen handkerchief worth two shillings. Sentenced to seven years transportation he was sent to the Ceres hulk. He arrived in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Scarborough as part of the First Fleet.

On 23 February 1789 Bradley received 25 lashes for insolence to a sentinel. He married fellow convict Sarah Barnes on 12 August 1792 at Parramatta. In early 1794 he was granted 30 acres of land at the Eastern Farms. By 1802 the family was able to live 'off stores'. He was buried on 16 February 1838; his age was given as 64.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 44

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  • Bradney, James Edward

9 January, 1765
London, Middlesex, England


15 February, 1838 (aged 73)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 19 June 1875