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Edmund Matthews

Edmund Matthews, one of 192 convicts transported on the William Miles, 15 March 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edmund Matthews
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Bootmaker
Date of Death: 15th September, 1874
Age: 65 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 14 years

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: William Miles
Departure date: 15th March, 1828
Arrival date: 29th July, 1828
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 344
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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Bruce Smith on 6th February, 2012 wrote:

Edmund Matthews was born in 1809 in Horsfield, Bristol, England. He was the son of William Matthews and Elizabeth (Possible nee McNamara-Hall). His parents married 7th April, 1805 at Bristol.

Edmund was convicted of Housebreaking on 30th August 1827 at Gloucester when he was 19 years old. He was sentenced to 14 years Transportation. He then spent time on the prison Hulk, "Justitia" where it was recorded he was transported on 15 March, 1828.
Edmund arrived in Van Demiens Land (Tasmania) and spent several years as a convict. He srved time at the Port Arthur Penal Colony and during his convict years received 100’s of lashed were different breaches.
He was granted a free certificate on the 10th September 1841.

In September 1842, Edmund married Elizabeth Benbow at Windsor, NSW. They had six children, the first two, born at St Mary’s, South Creek, NSW. The next child, Sarah, was born at Ashby, Geelong, Victoria. (The second wife of my G/G/Grandfather, James SMITH). The fourth and Fifth children were also born at Gelong and the last at Pentland, Victoria.

Edmund died in 1874 at Alfred St, Richmond, Melbourne, aged 65 years. He was survived by his wife and four of his children.

Edmund’s wife, Elizabeth, left London and arrived in Sydney, Australia on board the ship "Lady McNaughton" on the 16th September 1840. Her passage to Australia was paid for and her occupation was listed as Nurserymaid.

Convict Changes History

Bruce Smith on 6th February, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1809-00-00, date of death 1874-09-15, gender m

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