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James Dobbins was a soldier of the 63rd Regiment who settled in the colony. He married Jean, the daughter of George Bell Hodges Snr., and was involved with a hotel and store with the Hodges family at the United Services Tavern in St George's Terrace.
DOBBINS, James, arr. 8.6.1829 per Sulphur, m. (Perth) 5.12.1830 Jean Margaret HODGES (widow with 4 sons). Pte. in 63rd Regt. He was discharged from the Army 1834 & in 1835 took over "United Service Tavern". Sailed for Mauritius per Emma Sherratt 21.7.1845 with Mr & Mrs Hodges.
He does not appear in the 1832 Census.
Berryman, Ian 1979 ed., A Colony Detailed: The First Census of Western Australia 1832, Creative Research, Perth.
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