James Magee (1789–1790)

JAMES MAGEE was the first person buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta. His entry in the burial register simply reads “Convicts child.” He was the child of First Fleet convicts ELEANOR McCABE and CHRISTOPHER MAGEE (alias CHARLES WILLIAMS). JAMES MAGEE was buried on 31 January 1790. His grave in St. John’s Cemetery is unmarked and its location is unknown. Neither of his First Fleeter parents are buried in the cemetery itself.


  • Born: c.1789, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Baptised: 22 November 1789, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Died: c. 31 January 1790, Parramatta, New South Wales
  • Buried: 31 January 1790, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


  • Son of First Fleet convict ELEANOR McCABE
  • Son of First Fleet convict CHRISTOPHER MAGEE (alias CHARLES WILLIAMS)
  • Brother of MARY MAGEE

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The Wretched, Rascally and Depraved Magees, and the Story of St. John’s First Burial (2019)

By Michaela Ann Cameron

Abstract: Even a burial ground, where so many stories ended, has many beginnings. The story of St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta begins among knee-high native grass on ‘a gently sloping hill’ in the life-sustaining hunting grounds of the Burramattagal clan of the Darug people. It also begins with newcomers enclosing that once open space to preserve their cattle from wandering. Yet the story of this cemetery just as surely begins with its first burial; a tale for which three saints of London, St. John, St. James, and St. Giles, shall serve as our guides. The three saints will lead us to a plantation in the American colonies, a royal palace, and even among the ‘swarm[s]’ of ‘strumpets’—the ‘notoriously lascivious and profligate’ ‘ladies of the pavement’—on ‘Lewkner’s Lane.’ Read more>>


  • Parish Burial Registers, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.


# Convicts’ child

# Child

# Burial year: 1790

# Grave: unmarked