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George Holdway

George Holdway, one of 224 convicts transported on the Sultana, 26 May 1859

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Holdway
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 17th November, 1817
Occupation: Ag lab
Date of Death: 10th January, 1894
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 21 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Southampton, Winchester Assizes
Sentence term: 21 years
Ship: Sultana
Departure date: 26th May, 1859
Arrival date: 19th August, 1859
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 222 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 318
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

D Wong on 8th March, 2018 wrote:

20/3/1852 Reading Mercury Berkshire, England:

WOOLHAMPTON.- The numerous burglaries committed in this neighbourhood about nine months since, especially the one at the Earl of Falmouth’s, Woolhampton House, and the capture of the notorious George Holdway for the same, will doubtless remembered by our readers: Holdway was committed at the same time on the charge of housebreaking in Hampshire, and at the recent assized held at Winchester he underwent an examination on that charge : Mr. Reynolds, constable of Brimpton, and various others from Woolhampton, attended that trial : no less than five indictments were preferred against him, to all of which he pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to transportation for 21 years.  The public are much indebted to the unceasing exertions of Mr. Reynolds, in bringing to justice a person who has been so many years the terror of the neighbourhood.

George Holdway was born in Ashmanworth, Hampshire, Eng.
The son of John Holdway and Jane (Grace) Holdway.

1847: Married Ann Willis - no children.

George was 42 years old on arrival in WA, 5’6” tall, dark brown hair, dark hazel eyes, fresh complexion, literate, pockpitted, lost two upper teeth, scar on left cheek.

Occupation: Listed as a ‘Woodman’.

27/8/1859: TOL
29/12/1862: CP

20/11/1866: Married Katherine Susannah Murphy, they had 2 children, Alfred James and Mary Jane.

George worked as a laborer and wood carter, he then took over the running of Susannah’s farm ‘Seaton Ross’ at Beverly, they employed 38 ticket of leave men, they then took up a holding at Wandering.

10/1/1894: George Holdway died at York, Western Australia.

Convict Changes History

Chris Dowd on 8th March, 2018 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 8th March, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 17th November, 1817 (prev. 0000), date of death: 10th January, 1894 (prev. 0000)

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