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born in 1757, was said to be the great nephew of James Bradley, an Astonomer Royal. He served in the navy from 10 April 1772 as a captain's servant, and later a masters' mate and lieutenant. He married Sarah Mitchell, and on 25 October 1786 was appointed first lieutenant of the Sirius.

The journal he kept between 1786 and 1792 records his experiences on the Sirius and later on the Supply, and contains many tables and a number of water-colour drawings of great historical interest.

After reaching Port Jackson Bradley surveyed the harbour with Hunter and Bradley's Head was named after him. In October 1788 he sailed with the Sirius to buy much-needed provisions at the Cape of Good Hope. They sailed via new Zealand and Cape Horn, circumnavigating the globe and arriving back in May 1789. After the voyage the Sirius was refitted and Bradley spent most of his time with the Aborigines. In November 1789, he captured two Aborigines, Colebee and Bennelong, which he said was 'by far the most unpleasant service I ever was order'd to execute'.

In March 1789, to relieve the burden on the settlement at Port Jackson, the Sirius sailed to Norfolk Island with a company of marines and a large number of convicts. When the Sirius was wrecked, Bradley had to spend eleven months on the island. He returned to Port Jackson in February 1791, and sailed for England with most of the Sirius' crew on the Waaksembeyd in March. He reached Portsmouth in April 1792 and a subsequent court-martial over the wreck of the Sirius honourable acquitted him.

In July 1792, through Phillip's recommendations, Bradley was promoted to a master and commander; he later became a captain. In 1812, despite signs of mental instability, he was promoted to rear-admiral of the Blue and superannuated. But in 1814, convicted at Winchester for defrauding the postal authorities, he was condemned to death, then conditionally reprieved on transportation for life, and later pardoned on the proviso he exile himself.

In 1816 he was at Le Havre, and as far as is known remained in exile until his death on 13 March 1833.

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