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Edward Broughton

Edward Broughton, one of 160 convicts transported on the Earl St Vincent, 20 April 1826

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Broughton
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1803
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 5th August, 1831
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Sussex Special Session of Gaol Delivey
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Earl St Vincent
Departure date: 20th April, 1826
Arrival date: 13th August, 1826
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 163 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 13 (8)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

D Wong on 22nd March, 2016 wrote:

Edward Broughton was born in Dorking, at 11 years of age had run away from his parents, robbing them of everything he could carry off.  He associated with women of loose character and attended fairs and races, he earned his living by petty thieving and later became a highway robber using violence.

In 1822 he was convicted of house breaking and served two years in Guildford gaol.
He was again convicted of house breaking and sentenced to death – he was then transported to VDL. 
After being in the Colony for about 10 days he again started plundering and robbing.
He was caught stealing a blanket at Sandy Bay and was sentenced to Macquarie Harbour.

Edward was 5’4” tall, dark brown hair, brown eyes, deep dimple on chin high temples small scar over right eyebrow one right side of nose,  little finger right hand crooked EB & H inside right arm.

In 1830 five men absconded from Macquarie Harbour, Richard Hutchinson per ‘Indefatigable’ 1812, William Coventry per ‘Atlas’ 1829, Edward Broughton per ‘Earl St. Vincent’ 1826, Patrick Fagan (no ship found – no Patrick Fagan arriving before 1831 on records) and Matthew McAvoy/McAlboy per ‘Castle Forbes’ 1820.

Eventually they were starving and so Richard Hutchinson was killed by Broughton, he was cut up and eaten by the others, Fagan next struck William Coventry, did not kill him and so he was finished off by Broughton and McAvoy, and he was eaten as well.
McAvoy next killed Fagan, he being young and foolish, so that he would not tell what had been done.

Edward Broughton and Matthew McAvoy eventually gave themselves up and confessed to everything – they were both executed on 5/8/1831.

D Wong on 22nd March, 2016 wrote:

Correction: William Coventry arrived per ‘Hercules 1802’

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 22nd March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1803 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th August, 1831 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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