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Richard Edward

Richard Edward, one of 220 convicts transported on the Henry Tanner, 27 June 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Edward
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 23rd March, 1806
Occupation: Fuller
Date of Death: 12th June, 1895
Age: 89 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Lancaster Borough Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Henry Tanner
Departure date: 27th June, 1834
Arrival date: 26th October, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, 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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Emma flower on 8th November, 2011 wrote:

Sentenced for stealing a comb. His real name was Abraham Charles Flower

Robin Sharkey on 19th January, 2018 wrote:

A convict named as Richard Edward, often “Edwards”. Tried Lancaster.

(NOTE: Not to be confused with another Richard Edwards also arrived on “Henry Tanner’ in 1834 for cutting and maiming. He was tried at Cardigan, Wales) in 1834 and had a life sentence, native of Cardiganshire.)

From Ship Indent:
Aged 26 Protestant, Can R&W, Native of Montgomeryshire,
Single, a fuller and dyer. Farm Servant.
Offence stealing clothes and money
Tried 11 April 1833
7 years, no prior convictions.
Lost one front upper tooth, Various scars and moles listed on indnt

Ticket of Leave no 38/2105
(a) 1838 28 December Ticket of Leave – no 38/2105, allowed to remain district of Goulburn

(b) TL 19 Sept 1839 – Allowed to remain in district of Maneroo in service of Captain Rossi.

Certificate of Freedom 25 October 1843.
No 43/1801
Tried 11 April 1833 at Lancaster QS.
Native of Montgomery shire.
Born 1808. Aged 35
5ft 3 & 1/2inches. Dark ruddy complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes. Lost one front upper tooth. Breast hairy (various moles and scars recorded)

Robin Sharkey on 19th January, 2018 wrote:

This Richard Edwards is not an alias, but is the real person.  the Richard Edwards of 1826 Sentence at the Old Bailey and arrived per the royal George in 1830 is the person who used the name as an alias and was really Abraham Flowers.

Richard Edwards was 24 years old when he committed his crime in Lancashire.  he stole some barley in a sack.

Lancaster Gazette dated Saturday 13 April 1833 page 3:  “LANCASTER BOROUGH SESSIONS
Richard Edwards, aged 24,  was then placed at the bar, charged with stealing a sack, containing a bushel of barley, the property of Thomas Norman of Balk.
“Mr Baldwin stated the case to the jury and called Elizabeth James who said, she is servant to John Preston, of the White Hart Inn. She re-collected the prisoner bringing a sack of of barley to the house in the month of February. The sack produced is ...

” ... of the police. John Preston said, that on Thursday the 14th February, the prisoner was at his house, offering to sell some barley. The sack was left some days in his lobby, until taken away.

“Thomas Norman, son of the prosecutor, produced the board with which his father’s sacks were marked and proved, that the sack which the prisoner left at the White Hart was the one stolen from his father’s house, on the 14th of February.
“Richard Hogarth said, he took the prisoner into custody on the 23d of February. Hugh Ashton said, he took the sack in question from the White Hart, and gave it to Hogarth. The prisoner said he knew nothing of the the matter. The Jury found the prisoner Guilty.

“He was then arraigned for stealing a pair of shoes, the property of Joseph Arrowsmitb, on the 22d of February last. Mr. Baldwin stated the case.
“Joseph Arrowsmith, the prosecutor, said he is a nailer, and was on the 22d of February at a lodging-house in Penny-street. He slept there, and put his shoes under the bed, and next morning they were missing ; he followed the prisoner and found him near the Sawyer’s-Arms ..

Convict Changes History

Emma flower on 8th November, 2011 made the following changes:

date of birth 1806-03-23, date of death 1895-06-12, gender m

Robin Sharkey on 19th January, 2018 made the following changes:


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