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James Corden (c. 1768–?)

James Corden (c.1768- ), Martin Stone and Charles Repeat were found guilty on 21 March 1785 at Warwick, England, of breaking into a house and stealing a gown and other items. Their death sentences were commuted to 7 years transportation on 29 March 1785. The men were sent to the Censor hulk, where they remained until they embarked for New South Wales on the Alexander in January 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Corden appeared at Port Jackson under the surname Caldwell and later Cordel. As James Caudell he received a 30 acre grant of land at Bulanaming in January 1794 and married Hannah Propert on 7 April 1794. Their first child, James, baptised in October 1794 died in February 1797. Their daughter Jane was baptised in February 1797. The whole family disappears from later records.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 83

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Alternative Names
  • Cordel, James
  • Caldwell, James
  • Caldwall, James
  • Caudell, James

c. 1768
Warwick, Warwickshire, England

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years