James Blackman1

#2459, b. circa 1759, d. 6 May 1842
  • Father: James Blackman2
  • Mother: Elizabeth Harley2

Individual's Timeline

Birthcirca 1759James Blackman1
Marriage3 December 1785James Blackman3,1
EmigratAU14 December 1801James Blackman1
Marriage of Son1 November 1814Samuel Blackman3,4,1
Marriage of Son18 July 1815James Blackman1,5
Marriage of Son18 July 1815John Blackman1
Marriage of Daughter7 January 1816Elizabeth Blackman1
Marriage of Daughter11 June 1821Mary Ann Blackman1,6
Marriage of Son25 September 1821William Blackman1
Marriage of Daughter26 December 1823Henrietta M Blackman3,1,7
Marriage of Daughter6 June 1832Martha Blackman3,1,8
Marriage of Son6 May 1834Robert Blackman1
Marriage of Son9 October 1837George Blackman3,1,9
Death6 May 1842James Blackman1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: James was chief constable, with 23 cattle in 1828.
  • EmigratAU: He and Elizabeth Harley emigrated to Australia on 14 December 1801 in ship 'Canada' from England. As a settler.1

Census details

Some aspects of James Blackman's life. BLACKMAN, John. Came free per "Canada", 1801; son of James and Elizabeth Blackman; appointed Chief Constable at Bathurst in 1820

1814 Jun 30
Of Richmond. On list of persons to receive grants of land in 1814 (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.18)

1818 Jan 24
On list of persons for whom land grants ready for delivery (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.428)

1818 May 9
On list of new settlers recently sent to Bathurst who are to receive land on the north bank of the Macquarie River (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.42)

1818 Oct
One cow issued to from the Government Herds at Bathurst as donation to encourage agricultural pursuits (Reel 6031; 4/7028A p.145)

1818 Oct 24
On return of horned cattle issued from the Government Herds between 8 May 1814 and 9 Jan 1819; donation to encourage agricultural pursuits at Bathurst (Reel 6048; 4/1742 p.44)

1820 Apr 7
Received payment at Sydney for meat and grain delivered into the Commissariat Stores at Bathurst (Reel 6049; 4/1744 p.384 & 4/1745 p.34)

Signatory to petition from settlers at Bathurst re having their grain received into the Stores (Fiche 3041; 4/1828 No.16); statement of grain they wished to deliver (Reel 6065; 4/1798 p.109)

Signatory to memorials of settlers at Bathurst praying that their grants be confirmed without alteration and that some forest ground be located as a common (Reel 6065; 4/1798 pp.123, 127)

Petition for his salary (Reel 6056; 4/1763 p.141)

Memorial (Fiche 3041; 4/1828 No.24)

1822 Mar 30
Juror at inquest on William Maybrow held at Bathurst (Reel 6021; 4/1819 p.449)

1822 Apr 6
District constable at Bathurst. Certifying that James Blackman (Junior) had commenced cultivating the land granted him by Governor Macquarie (Fiche 3041; 4/1828 No.23C)

1822 Aug 1
One of those who apprehended five bushrangers in the County of Westmoreland (Reel 6055; 4/1761 p.88)

Requesting salary (Reel 6065; 4/1798 p.381)

1823 Jun 27
Re memorial of Thomas Johns (Fiche 3066; 4/1835A No.162 p.59)

1823 Jun 27
Re memorial of Thomas Miller (Fiche 3068; 4/1835A No.205 pp.303-4)

1824 Jun
Petition re his dismissal from the situation of District Constable at Bathurst (Reel 6065; 4/1799 p.117). Reply, 18 Jun (Reel 6013; 4/3511 p.497)

1824 Oct 11
On return of grain in the possession of settlers and other private individuals in the District of Bathurst (Reel 6065; 4/1800 p.189)

1825 Oct 24
Memorial (Fiche 3120; 4/1840B No.55 pp.329-32)

1825 Nov
On list of persons who have received orders for grants of land (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.85)

Boyd's inhabitants of London confirms the data I already have, and also says that Elizabeth is the granddaughter of Sir Thomas HARLEY of London. Her mother's name was LOVE.2

Brushes with the LAW

One of those who apprehended five bushrangers in the County of Westmoreland (Reel 6055; 4/1761 p.88).2

His life was recorded thus ~~ JAMES BLACKMAN
b. c.1759, Kent, England
m. 3 Dec 1785, Elizabeth Harley, St Margarets, Lee, Kent, England
d. 6th May, 1842, Mudgee, NSW
James was Christened on the 25th May 1760 in Deptford, Kent, England.
James was a sickly child, frequently suffering from chest complaints. As a young man he was reported as being a handsome, well educated, spoilt and flamboyant young gentleman. At age 22 he took up a position with the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. It was while he was with the regiment that he met and married Elizabeth. In 1800 James once again became ill, his doctors recommended he take a sea voyage. The colonial office of the day recommended that James take up a position in Australia, to help in it's settlement. James accepted the position, and He emigrated to Australia in 1801 with his wife and then 5 children, arriving aboard the Canada. On his arrival James and his family were guests of Governor King until King provided a house, 12 servants and supplies for as long as James needed them.
James was appointed Superintendent of Agricultural concerns in 1802, and took up land at Mulgrave Place, Richmond and in the Hunter. In 1820 James was made Chief Constable and Poundkeeper of the Richmond District. In 1822 he was made Chief Constable of Parramatta, and in August of that year was placed in charge of the Parramatta Women's Factory. In 1823 James was appointed to act as Cheif Constable of Bathurst, and recieved grants of land in Bathurst and acrerage outside of town which he called Kelso
James is buried in the Blackman Vault at Blackman park in Mudgee.

Children of James Blackman and Elizabeth Harley

  • Samuel Blackman1 b. c 1790, d. 24 Nov 1843
  • James Blackman1 b. c 1792, d. 23 Mar 1868
  • John Blackman1 b. c 1795, d. 21 Nov 1860
  • Elizabeth Blackman1 b. c 1798, d. 18 Mar 1849
  • William Blackman1 b. c 1799, d. 12 Feb 1854
  • Mary Ann Blackman1 b. 1803, d. 1886
  • Henrietta M Blackman1 b. c 1806, d. 27 Apr 1851
  • George Blackman1 b. c 1809
  • Robert Blackman1 b. c 1811, d. 18 Feb 1876
  • Martha Blackman1 b. 15 Jul 1813, d. 1901


  1. J. Selkirk Provis C. J. Smee, 1788 - 1820 Pioneer Register.
  2. Correspondence on line index, by unknown photographer.
  3. Conclusion of, Shirley.
  4. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, V18141692 3A.
  5. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, V18156 156.
  6. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, V18212763 3B.
  7. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, V18233256 3B.
  8. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, V18321164 16.
  9. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, V18371755 21.
  10. 1828 census of NSW, b1306.