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James Dodding (c. 1764–1834)

We have to announce the death on Wednesday last of one of the oldest and though filling a subordinate situation, most valuable servants of the government, Mr. James Dodding, for many years under gaoler in Hobart-town. To his remarkable firmness and vigilance is in a great degree to be attributed the security which has characterised the very imperfect and dilapidated gaol of Hobart town. He arrived in the first ship with Governor Philip, having ever since filled a situation under government, with equal credit and advantage to the public. He was 74 years of age at the time of his death.

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Alternative Names
  • Doring, James
  • Dorren, James
  • Dodden, James
  • Doorer, James

c. 1764


12 March, 1834 (aged ~ 70)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years