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Edward Elson

Edward Elson, one of 150 convicts transported on the Shipley, 18 July 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Elson
Aliases: Ellson, Ellston, Hilston
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes at Coventry
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Shipley
Departure date: 18th July, 1818
Arrival date: 18th November, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 149 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 49 (26)
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

Ray Smith on 27th July, 2014 wrote:

Sentenced April 1818. Stole in company of two others approximately 43lbs of meat & 2 cloths valued at 30s. Apprenticed carpenter. Wife Elizabeth, son John, born 1st February 1836.

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 wrote:

Colonial Secretary Papers:

ELSON, Edward. Per “Shipley”, 1818
1818 Nov 24: On list of convicts disembarked from the “Shipley” & forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.167)

1820 Mar 23: On list of prisoners to be sent to Newcastle per “Lady Nelson”; listed as Ellson (Reel 6007; 4/3501 p.311)

1821 Sep 8: Carpenter. On list of all persons victualled from H.M. Magazines; listed as Ellstone (Reel 6016; 4/5781 p.117)

1822 Jan 29: Govt carpenter; to be sent to Port Macquarie. On return of proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta; listed as Hilston (Fiche 3297; X643 p.2b)

1822 Feb 6: On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6008; 4/3504A p.404)

1823 Sep 26: On list of convicts removed from Newcastle to Port Macquarie per “Sally”; listed as Ellston (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.432-3)

9/4/1825: COF renewed
1/8/1825: COF Special certificate May 1832.

14/6/1826 Sydney Gazette:

ESCAPED, from the Custody of the Gaoler, at Windsor, on the 25th of May last, the Person named hereunder :—-EDWARD ELSON, Ship Shipley, by Trade a Carpenter, 27 years of age, 5 feet 7 and a half inches high, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, hazle eyes, and free by servitude. The above-named Man stands charged with having committed a STREET ROBBERY, in which great violence was used ; he is a well-known Character, has been transported severally to Newcastle and Port Macquarie, and formerly belonged to Parramatta District; he is by some called ” Ted Nixon.” 
By Order of the Bench of Magistrates.

No date of death found.

Convict Changes History

Ray Smith on 27th July, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 27th July, 2014 made the following changes:

alias1: Ellson, alias2: Ellston, alias3: Hilston, date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000)

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