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James Torrence Pillinger (c. 1765–1845)

James Pillinger was sentenced to 7 years transportation on 19 July 1790 at Bristol, England. He arrived at Sydney aboard the Pitt in February 1792. He went to Norfolk Island (it is not known when but it was prior to 1804) and married Elizabeth Wood there on 15 January 1806. They had two children on the island before leaving for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the City of Edinburgh in September 1808, settling on 36 acres near his parents-in-law at Clarence Plains. James and his wife had a further seven children.

James Pillinger died on 12 July 1845 at Oatlands, Tasmania. His age was given as 80; cause of death as 'general decay', and occupation as farmer.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Pellinger, James Torrence

c. 1765
Bath, Somerset, England


12 July, 1845 (aged ~ 80)
Oatlands, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

Cultural Heritage

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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Bristol
Trial Date: 19 July 1790


Children: Yes (9)