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Edward Dowling

Edward Dowling, one of 200 convicts transported on the Parmelia, 23 July 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Dowling
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Painter & glazier
Date of Death: 27th February, 1858
Age: 47 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 Life

Crime: Theft~housebreaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Parmelia
Departure date: 23rd July, 1832
Arrival date: 16th November, 1832
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 378
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

Anonymous on 7th April, 2012 wrote:

Edward Dowling was aged 19 when found guilty and sentenced to death for stealing a bag with some clothes from Samuel Willows, a fishmonger who lived at No.122, Strand, in the precint of the Savoy.  Edward had been in the service of Willows once for 4 years.

1841: TOL - District of Sydney.
1849: TOL - District of Windsor.
16/1/1849: TOL cancelled for deserting his wife and 4 children - Sydney Branch.
10/8/1850: TOL cancelled for being absent from his district - Windsor Branch.
1851: TOL - Camden Branch.
1856: TOL - Camden Branch.

4/3/1858: Sydney Morning Herald:
Married Jane Rutter in 1841 and had 4 boys. William 1842-1873, Edward 1843-1912, Phillip 1848-1918, and John 1852 - Death unknown.

Anonymous on 11th April, 2012 wrote:

4/3/1858: SUDDEN DEALTH - An inquest was held on Manday last a Galvin’s hotel, Camden, By Mr. J.M. Antill, touching the death of a man named Edward Dowling (alias Ned the Painter) who was found dead in Mr Charker’s yard about eleven o’clock on Saturday evening.  From evidence given, it appears the deceased was addicted to intemperance (one of those great calamities which befall so many of the human race, particularly in this warm climate).  He was last seen alive about half-past nine on the same evening, and appeared as well in health as usual.  At the close of the evidence a verdict was given that the deceased died in a fit of apoplexy while in a state of intoxication.  He was about forty years of age.  His wife is supposed to be living in Sydney.

His son also Edward Dowling 1843-1912 was a well renowned Public Servant and Federationalist.  In 1856 he worked at the Government Printing Office as and office boy and compositor.  He worked his way up and became an accountant and from then into politics.  He married Hannah Luton and had 2 sons and 3 daughters.  He died of heart disease at his Mosman Home.

Pamela Laurie on 30th June, 2013 wrote:

Edward married Jane Rutter (also known as Ruckel) on 5/4/1841 and had 5 boys. George 1838-1914 was born pre marriage, then William 1842-1873, Edward 1843-1912, Philip 1848-1918 and John 1852-1852.  Edward died on 27 February 1858 and was buried at St Johns Camden on 1 March 1858.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 7th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of death 1858-00-00, gender m

Pamela Laurie on 30th June, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1811, date of death 27th February, 1858, occupation

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