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Edward Lawrence Collman

Edward Lawrence Collman, one of 135 convicts transported on the Canada, 23 April 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Lawrence Collman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Clerk
Date of Death: 5th May, 1842
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Canada
Departure date: 23rd April, 1819
Arrival date: 1st September, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 135 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 140
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 28th October, 2012 wrote:

Edward was 29 years old when he stole £4.4.6d from Messres Lewis & Co., Dyemakers of Oxendon St, London.  He was the principal collection clerk.

1812: Edward was a purser in the navy.
1815: Married Ann Collins in London, they had 2 sons, John in 1817 who died 6 months later, and Charles born Aug. 1818.

Edward applied to have his wife and son sent to him in Australia.  Three weeks before Ann arrived per Providence in 1822 Edward received a letter from Ann’s mother stating that Ann had been having a relationship with a man named Cook and that the girl child was his.  If this man was still living, she doubted that Ann would have come out to Australia.

1822: Edward was sentenced to 3 years at Port Macquarie for absenting himself from his work as Clerk of the Sydney Barracks.

Ann formed a few relationships, one with William Hooper shortly after her arrival, and then in Nov. 1822 with a James Saunders.

Meanwhile Edward, finding it distressing to be in Sydney, hearing from others about his wife, volunteered to the Colonial Secretary to work in any capacity as long as it was remote from Sydney.

He was sent to Port Macqauarie on the Lady Nelson on 20/1/1823 for 3 years.

Edward wrote to the Colonial Secretary, and had his son Charles taken away from Ann and put in in the Orphan School.  In 1826 Charles was sent to the orphanage for 1 year.

1828: Edward was in Inverary Park, Argyle.  He was appointed as clerk to the bench at Goulburn.

11/12/1828: Edward Collman and James Baker walked a distance of nearly 300 miles taking the census around for a period of 6 weeks.

1828: Edward was admitted to the ben of magistrates at Inverary, and still held this position in Nov 1831.

9/7/1831: TOL

Aug 1832: Edward was appointed to the Post Office as deputy postmaster at Inverary.

5/5/1842: Edward died and was buried on 7/5/1842 in the parish of St. Laurence, Sydney.  He was living at the Benevolent Asylum at the time of his death.  He was 55.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 28th October, 2012 made the following changes:


D Wong on 28th October, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 5th May, 1842, occupation, crime

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