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James Eldridge

James Eldridge, one of 189 convicts transported on the Duke of Portland, January 1807

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: James Eldridge
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Sussex Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Duke of Portland
Departure date: January, 1807
Arrival date: 27th July, 1807
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 201 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 394
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

Maureen Withey on 6th July, 2020 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Index.

ELDRIDGE, James. Per “Duke of Portland”, 1807; Constable in the Cowpastures; farmer in Bringelly

1817 - Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3176; 4/1850 p.100)
1819 Nov 27 - Appointed Constable in Cow Pastures district, at Lowes Hill (Reel 6038; SZ1044 p.121)
1820 - Memorial (Fiche 3018; 4/1823 No.224)
1822 Nov 6 - Suggestion that he be made a constable at Brownlow Hill, in the Cowpastures (Reel 6055; 4/1762 p.50)
1824 Sep - On return of grain on hand in the Districts of Bringelly and Cooke (Reel 6061; 4/1780 p.258)
1824 Oct 4 - Of Cooke. Memorial (Fiche 3087; 4/1837A No.314 p.231)

NSW 1828 census, Cooke District. Householder _ James Eldridge, residence Cobbity. James signed his name.
James Eldridge, age 56,C.P., per D. Portland, 1807, Life, Farmer, protestant.
Mary Eldridge, age 48, F.S. per Aeolus, 1808.
James Eldridge, 14, B.C.
William Eldridge, 13, B.C.
Harriot Eldrige, 7, B.C.
Maria Eldridge, 6, B.C.

Maureen Withey on 6th July, 2020 wrote:

NSW 1828 census, Cooke District. Householder James Eldridge held 60 acres of land at Cobbity, 50 acres were cleared and 30 acres were cultivated. He also had 7 horned cattle.

Maureen Withey on 6th July, 2020 wrote:

Government House, Parramatta,
Saturday, 27th Nov. 1819.
HIS Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint James Eldridge and William Blackman (the former in the Room of Robert Sells, resigned) to be Constables in the District of the Cow Pastures, for the Protection of the wild and tame Herds belonging to the Crown in those Districts, -James Eldridge is to be stationed at Lowe’s Hill, and William Blackman at Mulgoa Forest. They will receive special Instructions for their Conduct from Mr. George Johnston, Principal Superintendent of Government Herds and Flocks.
By His Excellency’s Command, J. T. Campbell, Secretary.
Sydney Gazette, 4 Dec 1819.


THE following LIST of NAMES of NEW SETTLERS, who are to receive GRANTS of LAND, and of OLD SETTLERS, who are to have additional LANDS located for them in the Year 1821, is published for general Information:—
… James Eldridge, ... Sydney Gazette, 28 Apr 1821.


Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 6th July, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

Gail Robyn Newman on 27th August, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000)

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