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Abraham Harding

Abraham Harding, one of 270 convicts transported on the Lord Raglan, 03 March 1858

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Abraham Harding
Aliases: Frederick Harding
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1828
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 28th June, 1904
Age: 76 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 20 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: 20 years
Ship: Lord Raglan
Departure date: 3rd March, 1858
Arrival date: 1st June, 1858
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 269 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 262
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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Phillip addenbrooke on 25th October, 2011 wrote:

apears to have Changed his name to John Frederick Harding and lived in Northam Western Australia until his death the link is in his convict number which apears on this charge in April 1st, 1880
FREDERICK HARDING, exp., late Reg. No. 4899,
middling stout, age about 45, height about 5ft. 8in.,
dark hair, dark eyes, long visage, dark complexion,
and EMMA HARDING his wife, with altering the figures of certain cheques, with intent to defraud.
Dated at Northam, April 1st, 1880.
Vide Police Gazette 1880, page 43.
Vide Police Gazette, 1880, page 56.
FREDERICK HARDING, exp., late 4899, and EMMA HARDING, at Northam, on 1st inst., by P.Cs. Payne
and Lawrence. Committed for trial.
Vide Police Gazette, 1880, page 58.
FREDERICK HARDING, exp., late 4899, and EMMA HARDING were brought up before the Newcastle Bench of Magistrates and discharged.
* Harding Abraham 4899 labourer M two 5’ 7" dark brown Hair,dark hazel eyes, long face, dark complexion,  stout build.  4899 D/ features -Abraham Harding" and 2 fishes right arm
Harding Abraham [4899] 1827 Married 2 children. Labourer, semi lit, Prot. convicted Gloucester 1856, robbery with violence 20 years. Arrived ‘Lord Raglan’ 1-6-1858 ,T/L 11-9-1860. CP 10-10-1864.
He did tern his life around though and was a well liked and respected member of the Northam comunity as is shown by his obituary in the Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) 6 Aug 1904:
The death is announced of an old colonist, Mr. Frederick" Harding, who died on the 28th July., at his residence in Northam. The deceased gentleman had been a resident of Western Australia for’ the past 40 years, and at his death left a widow and a grown-up family of four sons and seven daughters. The interment took place in the Northam Cemetery, and the funeral was well attended. The coffin was of polished oak. The pall-bearers comprised Messrs. J, Thackrah, Bird, E. Snelling, and J. Purslow. The chief mourners consisted of Mrs. Harding (widow), Mrs G. Martin, Mrs. A. H. Pähl, the Misses Charlotte, Emily, Eve, and Minnie Harding (daughters), and Messrs. F. Harding, jun., W. Harding, and 4. Harding (sons). The other members of the deceased’s family were, unfortunately, unable to be present, owing to absence or illness. Numerous wreaths were sent. The funeral arrangements were in the handset Mr. G. Smith, Northam.

Anonymous on 31st May, 2012 wrote:

Abraham changed his name to John Fredric Harding He lived in Northam until his death in 1904 he married Emma Taylor in 1864 i have not been able to find his wife and two children in Gloster or wether they where actualy divorced on his death he was a well respected land owner and pillar of the comunity in Northam,W.A. Emma and John had 4 Sons and 7 Daughters

Hugh Williams on 17th July, 2012 wrote:

Abraham came from the villag o Marshfield in Gloucestrshire. emarried Sarah Lambourn in January 1851. They had two children Emily A. (1852) and Henry (1855).
He appears to be the younget of twelve children born to James Hardingand his wife Ann (Walker) in Marshfield.

James had also been in trouble atGloucester Assizes.(See below)

Criminal Record of James Harding

This snippet of information was discovered by Pat Harding in May 2004….......
" In Gloucester Record Office.  James Harding, son of James and Hannah Harding, and wife of Ann Walker, was convicted at the Lent Assizes on 31 March 1819, of stealing and carrying away a quantity of oats, with another man, Thomas Rawlings. They were both sentenced to six months in the local penitentiary, where James was twice whipped. Both were released on 7th April 1819. James is described as 5 foot six inches tall, with brown hair and dark eyes. He had served in the West Gloucestershire Militia as a Private."

The record reads as follows:
November 17th 1818 No.72     James Harding     34   Marshfield    
Charged on the oath of Joshua Ball, servant to Thomas Shapland of Marshfield, Farmer and Maltster, of having in the evening of 15th November,inst, together with Thomas Rawlings, labourer, of feloniously stolen, taken and carried away from out of a loft belonging to the said Master Thomas Shapland of Marshfield aforesaid, a quantity of oats the property of the said Master Thomas Shapland.
Description: Brown hair, dark eyes, fresh complexion. Round face, regular features. On the back of his neck a mole, back stout made.  A Private in the West Gloucester Local Militia. (can) not read.

Sentenced to six months in penitentiary. Twice whipped.  Removed (released) 7 April 1818.

Hugh Williams on 20th July, 2012 wrote:

May I correct my message of 17 July 2012. Abraham was the son of Samuel Harding and his wife, Margaret, who lived at Little End, Marshfield, Gloucestershire in 1841. He was therefore nephew not son, of James Harding convicted in Gloucester. Many apologies for any confusion caused.

Phillip addenbrooke on 8th January, 2015 wrote:

after more research I think it while not impossible extremely unlikely that he was born in 1841 as is shown on his records this would mean he was 10 when he married and had his first child Emily who was born 1851 and second child Henry in 1855 it is more likely the other records showing 1828 as correct which appears in 1841 Census Marshfield, Gloucestershire, England as yet I am unable to check this Census to verify parents Samuel and Margaret

Convict Changes History

Phillip addenbrooke on 25th October, 2011 made the following changes:

date of birth 1841-00-00, gender m

Carol Axton-Thompson on 5th October, 2014 made the following changes:

alias1: Frederick Harding

Phillip addenbrooke on 8th January, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1828 (prev. 1841), date of death: 28th June, 1904 (prev. 0000)

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