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James Dunn

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Dunn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1831
Age: 34 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Ireland, Dublin
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 14th July, 1816
Arrival date: 20th December, 1816
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 62 other convicts


Primary source: http://members.pcug.org.au/
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Nell Murphy on 10th December, 2015 wrote:

James Dunn was convicted at Dublin City, Ireland in 1816 and given a 7yr transportation sentence. To New South Wales, Australia on the ship ‘Surrey’ 1816.

Aged 19yrs
Trade - labourer
Native Place - Dublin Co.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th October, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, New South Wales. General muster 1825

Dunn. James. F.S. Surry. 1816. Labourer, Wilberforce.
Noted under his name; Died May 1831.

Tony Beale on 19th August, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for James Dunn Sydney
14/7/1827 Along with Thomas Upton, Edward Devine, John Faulkiner and John Clarke were convicted of Larceny at the Windsor Sessions and given 7 yrs at a Penal Settlement for him . He was free at the time. For him it was Moreton Bay.

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Fri 27 Jul 1827
Page 3 Windsor Quarter Sessions.

James Dunn, was indicted that he had stolen a quantity of dried herrings, the goods of Thomas Ebrill. - True bill.- The same Dunn is an old offender, no wonder he had a predilection for herrings, as he had been once caught in a potatoe garden, thereby exerting himself to furnish his table with “the dish” of his forefathers. There was a ludicrous story told by the constable, in giving his evidence, concerning the opening the jar, in which the said herrings had been conveyed from Sydney, on the Windsor Road. Dunn did not at first know the
contents of the jar; on opening it, he discovered it was a jar of ‘herrings; he took one out and said- “uh, here’s a cruty,” meaning a recruit ; (many a shilling he has had of the
King’s money) and continuing his search, he said- “here’s the whole bloody regiment in the jar!” This observation, well recited by the constable, created merriment to the auditory, and the prisoner was not much displeased with the tittering in Court; but the solemnity of the law, in an appropriate address from the Chairman, to the Gentlemen of the Jury, shewed symptoms of the probability that the prisoner would soon be attached to a very different regiment than he had anticipated a few minutes before. The Jury returned Guilty. The prisoner
has now became a “cruty” in the Moreton-bay
regiment, or such other, &c. and was sentenced to seven years transportation.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 10th December, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/ (prev. ), firstname: James, surname: Dunn, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1797, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th October, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1831 (prev. 0000)

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