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Edward Cliff

Edward Cliff, one of 289 convicts transported on the Thomas Arbuthnot, 06 January 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Cliff
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1821
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: 24th July, 1908
Age: 87 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Northampton, Northampton Boro General Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Thomas Arbuthnot
Departure date: 6th January, 1847
Arrival date: 4th May, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land [convicts disembarked at Port Phillip, not Van Diemen's Land]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 150
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

Jillian Brewer on 12th September, 2021 wrote:

Edward Cliff was convicted of receiving stolen goods in 1845. It was his second conviction; two years earlier he had been sentenced to 6 months for larceny by a servant.
Cliff married Ellen Holder in 1848. The had a number of children, but appear not to have registered all births.
Ellen and Edward Cliff ran the Prince of Wales Hotel in Chapel St, Prahran until 1867, when Cliff was bankrupted.  They then moved to Warrnambool, apparently operating the Merri River Tannery, before taking over the Temperance Hotel.  Ellen and Edward Cliff separated in 1873, with Ellen continuing to run the Temperance Hotel and Edward moving back to Melbourne to run the Surrey Hotel in Collingwood.  Their strained relationship was reported in local papers, with Cliff ordered to pay maintenance more than once. 
In 1906, Edward Cliff (living in Cliff St, Prahran) was recognised as the oldest living pioneer in the suburb, 85 years old and a “hale and hearty gentleman”.  He died in June 1908.

Convict Changes History

Jillian Brewer on 12th September, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1821 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th July, 1908 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

Jillian Brewer on 12th September, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

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