Ruse, James - Convict
Entry 876 Sex M Also known as
Born 9 August 1759 at Launceston, Cornwall, England
Baptised 26 August 1759 at Lawhitton, Cornwall, England
Died 5 September 1837 at Campbelltown, NSW
Buried - September 1837 at St John's cemetery, Campbelltown, NSW

Conviction Details
Status on arrival Convict Ship Scarborough 1788
Crime Burglary and steal 2 silver watches valued £ 5/10/- Tried at Bodmin Assizes, Cornwall
Trial Date 29 June 1782 Sentence Death commuted to 7 years

Parent Details
Father NE Ruse, Richard Mother NE Curne, Elizabeth

Physical Description

Literacy Religion Trade or Calling
Visage Build Native Place Cornwall
Complexion Hair Eyes Height ' ”
Distinguishing Marks

Known number of marriages/partners 2 Known number of children 8
Entry # Partners Name Marriage Date Place of Marriage FGS
NE Norcott, Susannah 1779 South Petherwin, England
1367 Perry, Elizabeth 5 September 1790 Parramatta, NSW


On arrival Ruse was selected to carry Major Johnson ashore at Sydney Cove. James is widely recognised as Australia's first man on the land and, more than anyone else, proved that it was possible for the colony to feed itself.
21 November 1789 - Established a farm at Rose Hill
30 March 1791 - James' grant of 30 acres was registered
August 1793 - RUSE had been able to sell 600 bushels of maize to the commissary
He sold his land after complaining of the poor quality of the ground and hoped to purchase his passage back to England. Having spent the money he received from the sale he asked for another grant.. He was given 30 acres in the Hawkesbury region.
June 1797 - Awarded a further 40 acre land grant
1798 - He sold his 30 acre Hawkesbury farm for £300
1809 - Following losses on his Hawkesbury farms as a result of floods he was given a grant of 100 acres at Bankstown
1819 - Received another land grant of 100 acres, this time at Riverstone. By 1823 he had sold both 100 acre grants to the Reverend Samuel MARSDEN
1820 - Listed as holding 130 acres by grant and 75 acres by purchase
1825 - Listed as holding only 10 acres in the Windsor region
1828 - The Census listed RUSE as an overseer employed at Lower Minto, aged 68 years.
It is believed that James RUSE carved his own headstone and it reads:

"Sacred to the memory of James Ruse who departed this life Sep 5 in the year of Houre Lord 1837. Natef of Cornwell and arived in this coleney by the Forst Fleet, aged 77. My mother reread me tenderley With me she took much paines And when I arived in this coelney I sowd the forst grain and now with my hevnly father I hope ever to remain"

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