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George Hayward

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Hayward
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 28th October, 1878
Age: -

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 Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Session
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 273 (139)
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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Brian Hayward on 20th December, 2011 wrote:

George was baptised at a village called Mellis in Suffolk on 22nd November 1807 and his parents were Isaac and Rebecca Howard.  His father, Isaac, died in 1814, and it would appear that the family moved to an adjacent village called Gislingham in Suffolk.  Thereafter his surname is consistently recorded as Hayward in Suffolk.  In Australia his surname was mainly recorded as Hayward, but occasionally also as Haywood or Heyward.

On 19th April 1830 George Hayward married Mary Kent at Gislingham and there were three children, Mary (1831), William (1834) and George (1836).

At the Ipswich adjourned Quarter Sessions on Saturday 12th March 1836, George Hayward was convicted of sacrilege, for breaking into and entering the Parish Church at Thwaite, and also the Parish Church at Wickham Skeith, and stealing communion plate and other articles and he was sentenced to be transported for life.  He was transported to New South Wales, Australia in the ship Moffat which arrived in Sydney on 30th August 1836.  The printed Indent of the convicts on the Moffat recorded that George was 27 years old, he could read and write, he was a protestant, married with two sons and one daughter, and his trade was given as a shoemaker (tolerable).  He was described as being five feet five and three quarters inches tall, with a ruddy and pock pitted complex brown hair and grey eyes.  It was recorded that he had a small scar on the back of his right hand, and a scar on the back of the little finger of his left hand.

On 14th October 1845 George Hayward was granted a ticket of leave which secured his freedom from compulsory labour, subject to periodic reports to the police and an obligation to reside in the District of Windsor, New South Wales.  On 19th January 1850 George Hayward was granted a conditional pardon which allowed him to work and live where he pleased providing he did not leave the Colony.

George had a relationship with an Ellen Ferguson (maiden name Smith).  The children of the relationship were Thomas (1846 approx), George (1847), Jane (1849), Mary J (1850), James Joseph (1852) before George married Ellen in Sydney in 1853.  Further children were William (1854), John (1855), Elizabeth (1858), Ellen (1860), Rebecca (1862), Agnes (1865) and Isaac (1867).  George Hayward was a shoemaker and boot maker.  Ellen Hayward the wife of George Hayward died on 7th September 1875 at George Street, Windsor.  George Hayward died on 28th October 1878 and was buried in the St Matthew Anglican Cemetery, Windsor.  His age at death was recorded as 71 years.

Of the family left behind in England, his first wife Mary died at the Union Workhouse in Eye, Suffolk in 1884.  His daughter Mary married James Hayward in Wickham Skeith in 1853 and there were four children Maurice (1853), Frances Mary (1856), George James (1855) and Alfred James (1860) all at Wickham Skeith, where Mary died in 1862.  His son William died in 1835 and his son George died in 1839.

Convict Changes History

Brian Hayward on 20th December, 2011 made the following changes:

date of death 1878-10-28, gender m

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