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Edward Gasson

Edward Gasson, one of 276 convicts transported on the Asia, 25 April 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Gasson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 1900
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Sheep-stealing
Convicted at: Kent Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 25th April, 1840
Arrival date: 6th August, 1840
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 275 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 186
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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D Wong on 11th April, 2014 wrote:

Many different birth dates for Edward, anything from 1817 to 1829.

Edward was born at Edenbridge Kent, the son of William Gasson 1797-1854 and Mary Firminger 1801-1842.

Edward married Elizabeth Jessep – her story:

Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas and Jane Jessep.  Elizabeth was baptised on the 10th May 1840 in Norfolk and arrived in Hobart on the 29th September 1854 on board the Caroline Middleton. Her mother Jane had died in 1851 while giving birth to her brother Henry who also died. Her father Thomas died on the voyage to Hobart leaving Elizabeth alone with only her stepmother and her siblings. The stepmother (Elizabeth) and Elizabeth were released into the colony on their own account. The youngest of the siblings, (Jane, William Thomas, Sarah Ann and Thomas) were all admitted to the Queens Orphanage by their stepmother. Elizabeth was already 14 years old and was not admitted into the orphanage, instead she would have had to fend for herself. The other children would be cared for in the orphanage until they turned 14.

Elizabeth married Edward Gasson on the 17th November 1855 at the independent chapel Greens Ponds. Elizabeth was only about 15 at the time and Edward was 35.The marriage entry shows Elizabeth’s age as 18 .
On the 11th October 1856 Mary Jane was born to Elizabeth and Edward Gasson at Green Ponds. Edward’s occupation was recorded as a Carpenter. In November, the remaining money owed for Elizabeth’s passage on the Caroline Middleton was paid to the Government. The payment recorded on the 26th November and noted Elizabeth intended to leave for Port Albert. This is where her Uncle James and family had moved to a month or so earlier.

Once on the mainland Elizabeth, Edward and Mary Jane settled down at Woodside Gippsland. Edward was working as a Carpenter in the area.  They had 11 more children.

1900: Edward died aged 83 and was buried at Woodside, Victoria.
13/11/1896: Elizabeth died at Woodside aged 56.

Convict Changes History

Carmel Watson on 11th March, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1819-00-00, gender m

D Wong on 11th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1817 (prev. 1819), date of death: 1900 (prev. 0000)

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