James McCormick arrived in Sydney in 1833 on board the ship Portland. He was aged about forty and had been sentenced the previous year to 7 years transportation for stealing sheep.
Prior to his conviction James had been a school master at the Catholic chapel at Ballymakerly, County Roscommon, Ireland.
Little is known about him after his arrival in Australia, except that at one point he is known to have been assigned to Mr Innes at Port Macquarie. His sentence seems to have passed uneventfully and in 1846 he was issued with a Certificate of Freedom. He had £4 in the Savings Bank of New South Wales which was paid to him on the expiry of his sentence.
I have been able to find not further details about his life after this point. His daughter Mary Frances married William Painter in 1870 at Queanbeyan. The details on her marriage certificate indicate that she was born in about 1845 in Sydney, and her mother's name was Catherine Magner.