A convict transported per Fortune (1806) who worked as an oysterman and also owned a “disorderly house” in Parramatta. The disorderly house was most likely on Sorrell Street, Parramatta; the town where his diminutive size, physical disabilities, and enormous personality had made him a local legend, known as “My Lord Dunn.” Despite his popularity, My Lord Dunn was violently murdered at the age of 78.
My Lord Dunn: A Tragicomedy (2016)
Legend has it that Old Parramatta’s oysterman, who insisted on being called “My Lord Dunn,” began his life in the Colony of New South Wales with a wisecrack…and his legend only grew as the years went by, despite his diminutive proportions!
John Dunn (c.1760-1838) was described by contemporary reporters as a “deformed,” three-foot-tall convict transported to the colony of New South Wales in 1806, supposedly for being a reluctant soldier. He went on to work as an oysterman in Parramatta but also managed a less respectable side-business as a brothel owner. Though he was well-known and much loved by the Old Parramattans, My Lord Dunn met a tragic end. He lies in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta, location unknown.
- John Dunn
- My Lord Dunn
- Unmarked grave, location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
- Born: c.1760
- Convicted: 18 March 1803 at the Leicester Assizes, Leicestershire, England
- Arrived in New South Wales per Fortune: 12 July 1806
- Married Mary Webster: 2 November 1807 at St. John’s Church, Parramatta
- Received Certificate of Freedom: 2 February 1811
- Died: 29 August 1838 at his hut / disorderly house / brothel, thought to be located on Sorrell Street, Parramatta
- Buried: 30 August 1838 at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
- Spouse of Mary Webster
- Friend of Richard Partridge (I): Partridge witnessed the Dunn-Webster wedding
# Ship: Fortune (1806)
# Burial Year: 1838
# Grave: unmarked