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Martha Edwards

Martha Edwards, one of 97 convicts transported on the Britannia, January 1798

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Martha Edwards
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 8th May, 1774
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: 20th March, 1846
Age: 71 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Hereford Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Britannia III
Departure date: January, 1798
Arrival date: 18th July, 1798
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 237 (119)
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

Gillian Clark on 4th September, 2020 wrote:

Martha was sentenced to death later commuted on condition that she was transported for and during the terms above mentioned to the eastern coast of New South Wales or some one or other of the islands adjacent for term of her natural life.  She must have spent about one year and 10 months in a prison before being transported to NSW on the Britannia III.  Ref: Oxford Circuit of Assizes – England and Wales Crime, Prisons and Punishment 1770- 1935 image

Convict Changes History

Mary Trebilco on 28th June, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 20th March, 1846 (prev. 0000), gender: f

Gillian Clark on 4th September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 8th May, 1774 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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