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James McDade (1811–?)

James Brokey, an errand boy, was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing shirts. He arrived in Sydney in 1825 aboard the Henry Porcher and was sent to the Carter's Barracks. In 1828 he was working as an assigned servant for Archibald Bell. The Census gave his occupation as pigman.

In 1836 he was again transported to Sydney from Londonderry, Ireland, this time as James McDade, and for the longer sentence of 14 years, aboard the Surrey. He was described (at the time of his second sentence) as being 5 feet 2¼ inches (157.5 cms) tall, with a dark ruddy complexion, dark brown hair mixed with grey, and hazel eyes. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1842.

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Alternative Names
  • McDate, James
  • Brokey, James
  • Brockey, James

Londonderry, Londonderry, Ireland

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years