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Catherine Edwards

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Catherine Edwards
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1763
Occupation: Housewife
Date of Death: 14th October, 1818
Age: 55 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Unknown
Convicted at: Dublin City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Queen
Departure date: April, 1791
Arrival date: 26th September, 1791
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 41 other convicts


Primary source: NSW Convict Records
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Community Contributions

Ron Selden on 27th February, 2015 wrote:

Catherine is thought to have killed her Husband William Yardley with the help of another convict but nothing could be proved by the Police. She died at Lower Portland on the 14-10-1818

D Wong on 27th February, 2015 wrote:

Catherine was 28 years old on arrival and had a child John Edwards aged 2 who arrived on the same ship, he died 24/10/1791 at Rose Hill.

In 1792 Catherine gave birth to a child Thomas Driscoll Edwards, 24th January 1792. It is believed that whilst pregnant with Thomas, Catherine was one of several convicts that escaped the Colony and tried to walk to China (which they believed was just North of Port Jackson). They were re-captured and returned to Rose Hill. Baby Thomas died 7th May 1792.

7/11/1796: Married William Yardley at Parramatta.
At that time William had land at Toongabbie but not long after they moved to the Hawkesbury area.

Sydney Gazette Sun 8 Dec 1805
On Thursday a Coroner’s Inquest assembled at Hawkesbury on the body of William Yardley, a settler down the River, whose death was was occasioned by the following melancholy
circumstances: A considerable time after himself and family were in bed Wednesday night, the house took fire, and burned with such rapidity as to render their escape difficult: he suceeded nevertheless, with his wife’s assistance, in snatching his children from the flames, and then unhappily returned to save some little cloathing, but the roof falling in, he perished in the attempt. The body of the deceased presented a ghastly spectacle to the jurors, whose verdict was appropriate to the event. As the accident of the house taking fire was most unaccountable and mysterious, many people attributed it to the lightning, which was very vivid at the time; but it is a much more probable conjecture that the disaster originated in the rancour of the Branch natives, to whose excesses his activity was a constant curb, and whose hostile inclinations are as manifest as ever. So long as they content themselves with pillaging the settlers’ grounds they experience civility and hospitable treatment: but tiring with this comparative moderation, they rush into acts of open and declared hostility; and it is much to be lamented that possibly from the want of sufficient caution, the first objects of their treachery have too frequently become its easy victims.

Catherine was tried for the murder of William and was found not guilty.

After his death it is believed that Catherine remained on their farm with her three children Edward 1794, Ruth 1797 and Mary 1799.

By 1814 Edward had left home. Ruth married Richard Hayman (Pitt) 21st June 1813 and Mary married Thomas Dent 14/8/1815. Later Catherine lived with her daughter Ruth who was estranged from Richard Hayman her husband.

Catherine was murdered on 14th October 1818 in the Sackville/Colo area near Laws Farm Road. She had suffered a violent blow to the head. Her son in law Richard Hayman was charge for her murder and stood trial in Sydney on 4th December He was found to be not guilty.

Convict Changes History

Ron Selden on 27th February, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: NSW Convict Records (prev. ), firstname: Catherine, surname: Edwards, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1763, date of death: 0000, gender: f, occupation, crime

D Wong on 27th February, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 14th October, 1818 (prev. 0000)

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