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George Harwood

George Harwood, one of 399 convicts transported on the Moffatt, 05 May 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Harwood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 3rd August, 1817
Occupation: Mason/bricklayer
Date of Death: 2nd September, 1870
Age: 53 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Moffatt
Departure date: 5th May, 1836
Arrival date: 31st August, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 399 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 265 (135)
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

Anonymous on 10th February, 2012 wrote:

George was born in Harrow, London, England, the son of James, an Innkeeper and his wife Mary. He was Christened on the 20/8/1817 at St.Ann Soho, Westminster, London. George was apprenticed to the Goldsmiths Company as a goldbeater. He was convicted of stealing watches and chains from his employer on the 1/2/1836 in the Central Criminal Court (The old Bailey) and sentenced to transportation to Australia for 7 years. He married Janet Christie the daughter of a Criminal Officer, in 1845 and they had a daughter and a son. Janet died the same year her son was born in 1848. George was pardoned the following year on the 15/2/1849 and later married Mary Ann Baker nee Bowers in 30th June 1851 with the surname now Horwood, christian names George Frederick. George and Mary had 3 daughters and 5 sons. He died in West kempsey, New South Wales, Australia, on the 2/9/1870 aged 50.

Bill Horwood on 14th December, 2013 wrote:

Re Apprenticeship Details - The following was received from the Librarian at the GOLDSMITHS COMPANY 13/12/2013.

“I went down to the document strongroom to check the apprenticeship entries from 1828-1897 (G.C. Apprentice Book 11). I looked through the index for ‘H’ and there was only one Harwood - James, who was apprenticed as a cabinetmaker in the late 1820s.
There is a Livery company entitled the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers and I believe that some gold beaters were apprenticed through that Company. Most of the apprentices were ‘bound’ to masters who were freemen of the respective companies but usually ran their own businesses independently of the livery company. The livery company was responsible for supervising its craft - through royal charters and then, later, through Parliamentary legislation - which also included the binding of apprentices THROUGH the Company but not TO the Company.”

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 10th February, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817-08-03, date of death 1870-09-02, gender m

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