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Morpeth, Maitland, Bondi Junction and Charing Cross/Waverley,
It is said his father was either a Judge of the Court or Gentry. He was accused by his father of setting fire to a barn, which resulted in the death of his sister. It is believed he had at least another brother and sister/s.
His army records include the following, from the Public Record Office, London, ref. W025/362 P 47 405 - James Judge, 5'6", 21 years, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair. I'm not sure if the following is army related or not - Co. Leitrim, Parish Innismagrath, Trade - Weaver, Attestation Place, Boyle, 17 December, 1825 for life service, enlisted by C. McGrath.
He seems to have been in the Army twice, where he changed his name to Judge in an attempt to conceal himself from his father who was searching for him in England. His unit was stationed at Rochester, England and he embarked for New South Wales, Australia on 5th October 1835 and disembarked from the Recovery 27 February 1836 as a guard for the convicts.
Stationed at Parramatta, moving up and down the East Coast of Australia between Sydney, New South Wales and Morton Bay, Queensland, often in goal himself for Drunk under the Influence. He played the fiddle. He was discharged from the army 31 August 1841.
In 1861 he was in Sydney's Rocks area where he had been playing at a function and drinking. He fell down the Argyle Stairs at The Rocks. After being processed at Darlinghurst Police Station, was taken by boat to Tarben Creek Asylum on 29 July 1861, where he died 24 June 1865 and was buried two days later. The Asylum later became Gladesville Hospital and now belongs to the University of Sydney or Macquarie. He was born as O'Hara, was recruited into the army as Judge, and died as O'Hara.
On my great grandfather’s christening information,
he was born as James O'Hara and his father was James Judge O'Hara (Judge
appearing in as christen name). He had the first Hansom Cab in Bondi
Junction, New South Wales, Australia.
478 P/matta - Maitland - Hassans Walls - 20 Mile Hollow - Sydney. Disch. Sydney 31 Aug 1841
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