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James Bradley

Birthplace: London, England
Death: Died in Kissing Point, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Place of Burial: Sydney (Kissing Point), New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Bradley (Barnes)
Father of James Bradley; Lucy Jane McManus (Bradley); James Joseph Bradley; Sarah Elizabeth Berringer; George Bradley and 6 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About James Bradley

NAME: JAMES BRADLEY .........( First Fleet Convict)


BIRTH: : 1764,London, England

DEATH: 1838, Kissing Point, Sydney, NSW, Australia age (74)

  • FATHER: unkown
  • MOTHER: unkown

MARRIAGE: Sarah BARNES b: 1775 England ( First Fleet Convict)

MARRIED: 12 AUG 1792 ,Parramatta , Australia


1...M...James BRADLEY b: 1792-1793 age (1 )

2...M...James Joseph BRADLEY b 1795

3...F...Lucy BRADLEY b 1796

4...F...Sarah Elizabeth BRADLEY b 1799;

5...M...George BRADLEY b: 1801 – 1829 age (28)

6...M...Thomas BRADLEY b :1803;

7...M...John BRADLEY b :1806

8...M...Job Joseph BRADLEY b :1809

9...F...Rachel Rebecca BRADLEY b: 1811

10...F..Isabella BRADLEY b: 1813



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  • 8 June 1785 James Bradley ( late of the Liberty of the Rolls - Chancery Lane) but it was in Kensington that he stole a "white linen handkerchief with a purple border of the value of two shillings" from Robert Thornton
  • around 1785 , James Bradley had been convicted at the Old Bailey of stealing a handkerchief valued at 1-2 shillings
  • 29 June At the Old Bailey on he was sentenced to seven years transportation and sent, age given as 21, to the Ceres hulk

  • 13 January 1787 he was transferred to the Juliana hulk and thence to Portsmouth for embarkation on Scarborough on 27 February 1787
  • 13th May 1787, The ship left Plymouth, England on and arrived at Sydney Cove eight months later on 26th January 1788. Her master was John Marshall, and the surgeon was Dennis Considen
  • James Bradley arrived as a convict on the First Fleet on the ‘Scarborough’ which carried 208 male convicts. . She was on charter to British Government as a transport, to convey convicts to Botany Bay, New South Wales. She was under the command of Capt. John Marshall
  • 23rd April 1789 James Bradley was given 25 lashes for insolence to a sentry but, overall, he was said to have behaved in a ‘tolerably decent and orderly manner’
  • 20 January 1788- The Scarborough arrived at Botany Bay , but the bay was deemed unsuitable for settlement
  • 26 January 1788, the Fleet moved on to Sydney Cove, in Port Jackson
  • By the beginning of 1789 food stocks were extremely low, the first crops having failed and relief ships having foundered. Governor Phillip put the entire colony on strict rations but thefts were endemic.
  • 1792 - James married Sarah Barnes. (Sarah Barnes was also a convict and had been convicted in the same court in 1790, as a 14-year old, of stealing 8 quart pewter pots valued at 8 shillings and 5 pint pewter pots valued at 2 shillings from ‘The Plough’ Pub in Bloomsbury.) She arrived in Sydney on the 9th of July 1791 after 5 months at sea on the ‘Mary Ann’, which had sailed alone just ahead of the Third Fleet. Nine of the 155 convicts on the voyage died at sea
  • 1794 - James Bradley’s sentence expired
  • 20th February 1794, he received a land grant of 30 acres at the Eastern Farms, Hunter’s Hill near Kissing Point on the Paramatta River (the area is now known as Putney)
  • 5th September 1821 - he was granted an Absolute Pardon on by Governor Macquarie – some 33 years after his arrival in Australia. It appears that by this time he was highly regarded in the Wesleyan Church as a preacher and Sunday-School teacher – and that he fell foul of the Anglican cleric Samuel Marsden as a consequence of attracting children away from the church
  • 1798 he gave evidence to a Government Inquiry on the problems faced by small farmers
  • According to the 1800 Census, he had two and a half acres in wheat and 5 acres in maize
  • By the next year, he had cleared a total of 15 acres, possessed 3 hogs and had 20 bushels of maize in store
  • 1828 - recorded as still living on his farm in 1828
  • '1838 - James Bradley died at Kissing Point on 16th February 1838 and is buried in what became St. Anne’s church cemetery Ryde NSW.

NB: It is clear from other colonial records that the Scarborough James Bradley was the man who lived to reach NSW (see James Bradley, Alexander). Records show....The first burial was James Bradley on board the Alexander on 3 February 1787.


The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t17840526-74 26th May 1784


592. JAMES BRADLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of May, one linen handkerchief, value 1s. the property of John Hughes.


I lost my handkerchief on the 11th of May, the next witness saw it taken, I did not perceive any body take it; I followed the prisoner, and saw him drop my handkerchief; he was taken directly.


I saw the prisoner pick the prosecutor's pocket, and I told him of it.

Prisoner. I have nothing to say.

The prisoner called two witnesses to his character.


Transported for seven years.

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Recorder.

James spent time on the Ceres and Jushita hulks before embarkation on the Scarborough with the First Fleet arrived 26 Jan 1788.

At Port Jackson Bradley did not escape the usual difficulties of convicts in the early days when provisions in short supply meant drastic punishment for thieves, and strict discipline usually brought immediate punishment for disobedience or insolence, Bradley suffered 25 lashes for insolence to a sentinel on 23rd February 1789. Nevertheless, as the superintendent of the Dunkirk hulk might have said, he behaved in a "tolerably decent and orderly manner; in the years before his term expired.

At Parramatta on 12th August 1792, Bradley married Sarah Barnes a third fleet convict who arrived on the Mary Ann in 1791. Less than two years later, on 20th February 1794, he received a 30-acre grant at Eastern Farms. Here Bradley raised a family, and spoke at the inquiry instituted in 1798 to examine the grievances of small farmers. He was particularly incensed against the commissary, James Williamson, who had been hounding them for small debts. "He had been obliged to kill four pigs, "wrote Bradley," ... [had] paid him this Season 40 Bushels of Wheat" without ever having been able to get a clear account from him.

By 1800 he owned six pigs, a ewe and two lambs with two and a half acres of his grant sown in wheat and five ready for planting maize. The household, comprising Bradley, his wife and three children was supported from public stores. Two years later he had 15 acres cleared of which one was sown in wheat and seven ready for maize. He owned three hogs and the household, by now including four children, was off stores, with 20 bushels of maize in hand.

In 1806 Bradley had four acres in wheat and four in maize; the remainder of his land was pasture or fallow except for a half acre orchard and garden.  With six hogs and 15 bushels of wheat in hand the household (Bradley, his wife, six children and one convict) was self supporting.  He continued to hold his land through following years, and in 1828 with 20 acres cleared and five cultivated, still with Sarah, he gave his age as 64.  He died at Kissing Point and buried at what became St. Anne's, Ryde.

He became a successful farmer, able by 1806 to support his wife, six children and one convict. Three more children were born to the Bradleys and in 1828 he had 20 acres cleared and five cultivated. He continued to live on his farm with Sarah til his death on 16th February 1838, aged 73 years. He was buried at St. Anne's, Ryde.

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IGI RECORDS from The Church of the Latterday Saints -

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James Bradley's Timeline

London, England
Age 28
May 15, 1795
Age 31
Eastern farms, Australia
November 24, 1796
Age 32
Eastern Farms, New South Wales, Australia

Pedigree Resource File
name:Lucy /Bradley/
birth:24 November 1796Eastern Farms, New South Wales, Australia
death:14 November 1878Meadow Flat, New South Wales, Australia

father:James /Bradley/
mother:Sarah /Barnes/

Marriages (2)
spouse:Isaac /BOLTON/
marriage:15 September 1845Windsor,Cumberland,New South Wales,Australia

children (2)
child 1:Mary Ann /Bolton/
BIRTH 31 July 1831Parramatta,Cumberland,New South Wales,Australia
CHRISTENING 31 August 1831of Mars,New South Wales,Australia
DEATH 14 September 1907 Meadow Flat, New South Wales, Australia
BURIAL 15 September 1907 Meadow Flat,New South Wales,Australia

child 2:Maria /BOLTON/
BIRTH 23 December 1839,, New South Wales,Australia
DEATH28 July 1927 Portland,,New south Wales,Australia

spouse:James /McManus/
marriage:7 April 1814 Parramatta,Cumberland,New South Wales,Australia

children (7)

March 2, 1799
Age 35
Kissing Point, Ryde, Nsw, Australia