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James Buckley

James Buckley, one of 164 convicts transported on the Morley, July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Buckley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 5th March, 1786
Occupation: Weaver/labourer
Date of Death: 22nd August, 1836
Age: 50 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Morley
Departure date: July, 1818
Arrival date: 7th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 164 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 60
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Michelle on 3rd May, 2017 wrote:

Buried St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta.

Jenny Burt on 9th September, 2018 wrote:

James Buckley and his wife Mary Hitchen (married in Halifax, Yorkshire in 1805) had 12 children, five of whom were born in Australia (Parramatta, New South Wales).

Denis Pember on 17th January, 2021 wrote:

Mary Hitchen had married James Buckley 12th August 1805 at Halifax in Yorkshire. They had a family of 5 children, when James was tried at Lancaster Quarter Sessions on 22nd January 1817 for stealing calico pieces, and sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
His wife, Mary was left with the young family and it seems she turned to crime to feed her little brood. On 21st October 1817, only 9 months after James, Mary was also tried at Lancaster Quarter sessions, for larceny and sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
...Mary Hitchen was convicted on 21 Oct 1817 at Lancashire Quarter Sessions, Lancashire, England, of larceny and sentenced to transportation for 7 years. She sailed from Deal, England, on 17 Mar 1818 on board the ship ‘Maria’.  Also on board where her children, George, Sarah, Mary and Elizabeth. Abraham being too old to come with parents, stayed with grandparents and continued his education, coming to Australia at a much later date….
Mary joined her husband in the colony and they continued their growing family, with a further 5 children being born in NSW.
Most of the children grew to maturity and married, either convicts or the children of convict, including Abraham who eventually emigrated in 1840.

Denis Pember on 17th January, 2021 wrote:

The family can be located in the 1828 census of New South Wales.. Page 69.
Buckley James, 41, FS, Morley, 1818, 7, Nailor, Parramatta [B3023].
Buckley Mary, 40, FS, Maria, 1818, 7 [B3024].
Followed by George and Sarah who came on Maria and then Ann, Jane, Martha, James and William who were all born in the colony.
Abraham was of course still in England.
The other two girls who came on ‘Maria’, Mary and Elizabeth are entered separately. Elizabeth, 12, servant to Rev Samuel Marsden at Parramatta [B3020] and Mary, 16, servant to Daniel Jackson at Evan [B3015].

Convict Changes History

Michelle on 3rd May, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 5th March, 1786 (prev. 0000), date of death: 23rd August, 1863 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

marlene sarroff on 3rd August, 2019 made the following changes:

date of death: 22nd August, 1836 (prev. 23rd August, 1863)

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