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James Brogan (c. 1797–1871)

James Brogan (c.1797-1871), a 31-year-old farm servant, was found guilty on 4 April 1827 at Galway, Ireland, of firearm and burglary offences. Sentenced to life transportation he arrived at Sydney, New South Wales aboard the Marquis of Huntley in January 1828. According to records he was married and had five children. He could neither read nor write and was listed as a Roman Catholic. His height was given as 5 feet 6 inches (167.64 cms) and he was described as having a ruddy complexion, brown to grey hair and dark brown eyes. His build was described as stout.

Brogan was assigned to George Windham (Wyndham) in the Hunter Rivers region. In the 1828 he was listed as a government servant of William Carter at Piercefield. Granted a ticket of leave in 1836 he was required to remain in the district of Goulburn. He received a conditional pardon in February 1843.

Brogan took up farming and dairy farming in the Goulburn district. His wife and at least the four youngest of his children joined him in the colony, coming on the Roslin Castle in February 1836. When he died at Collector on 7 February 1871, at the age of eighty-one, he left property to the value of £3000.

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  • death notice, Goulburn Herald (NSW), 11 February 1871, p 4

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1797
Clare, Ireland


7 February, 1871 (aged ~ 74)
Collector, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life
Court: Connacht (Ireland)
Trial Date: 4 April 1827


Occupation: farm labourer
Married: Yes
Children: Yes (5)