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George Edwards, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
30th September, 1817
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 219 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 333 (168)
||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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Maureen Withey on 24th January, 2020 wrote:
Hobart Town Gazette, 11 April 1818
POLICE OFFICE, HOBART TOWN, 9th APRIL 1818.
WHEREAS the Six Convicts hereinafter described did on the Night of Wednesday last, the 8th of this Month, feloniously carry away Two Government Boats from their moorings in Sullivan’s Cove, in the River Derwent, and are now supposed to be lurking about some of the Bays in the lower part of the Harbour. All Constables and others are hereby commanded to use every Exertion in their power to apprehend the said Felons, and lodge them in His Majesty’s Goal at Hobart Town; and all Persons are cautioned not to harbour, maintain, conceal, or in any way aid or comfort the said Felons, on pain of Penalties that will thereon ensue.
George Edwards, 5 feet 7 inches high, dark complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes, 31 years of age, by trade a Shipwright, was tried at Bury St. Edmonds, sentenced for life, native place Deptford in Kent, has a mark on the right arm a little above the elbow, and run from Port Jackson in the Lord Eldon, and was landed at Port Dalrymple.
The whole of the crown Servants who took away the Government launch on the 8th ult. have been brought in, under an escort of the 48th Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant LEROUX, with the exception of Le Gart; who, we are happy to say, is the only absentee now at large, and who is most probably taken ‘ere this.
Hobart Town Gazette, 16 May 1818.
The prisoners who lately carried away the Government launch from her moorings in the harbour, and who we reported in our last Paper to have been conveyed hither under an escort of the 48th Regiment from Port Dalrymple, were on Saturday last brought before a Bench of Magistrates, and severally convicted and sentenced as follows:- John Briggs, 200 lashes, and 5 years to Newcastle; John Richards, George Edwards, Robert Dye, John Smith, and James Jenkins; 100 lashes each, and 3 years to Newcastle; James Flynn, John Johnson, and David Kelly, 50 lashes each, and 12 months in the Gaol Gang. The lenity shown the above misguided men, whose daring and atrocious crime might have been made a capital felony, and caused the forfeiture of their lives, we sincerely hope will operate as a warning to others, who may be persuaded to attempts of a similar nature.
Hobart Town Gazette, 23 May 1818.
Tasmanian Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-9$init=CON31-1-9p208
18. Geo. Edwards. Place of trial not clearly written?? 1816, Life.
Feb 16. 1818. Escaping from Sydney in the ship Lord Eldon. Gaol gang ?? can be retd. to Sydney.
May 16 1818 Feloniously taking a boat called a launch together with all her sails & a smaller boat, the property of the Crown, etc. 200 lashes and 5 years to Newcastle.
Dec1 1818. ...on board the schooner Sinbad without a pass. 25 lashes.
Conditional Pardon 15. 28 Feb 1826.
Free Pardon. No 203. 6 Oct 1836.