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Charles Seward

Charles Seward, one of 180 convicts transported on the Prince Regent, 08 June 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Charles Seward
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1810
Occupation: Cooper
Date of Death: 23rd January, 1885
Age: 75 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Prince Regent
Departure date: 8th June, 1827
Arrival date: 27th September, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 181 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 195 (99)
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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Marilyn Guy on 13th April, 2020 wrote:

Charles was sent to Norfolk Island twice, 31/8/1833 and 14/8/1829, notation on his prison records state to be properly ironed and searched.
After returning from Norfolk he married Annie Abel a Police Constable’s daughter on 30/5/1843 at St Johns Presbyterian Church Sydney. They had 5 children and remained in Parramatta until his death in 1885. In his last will and testament he left all his worldly goods to his wife Annie.

D Wong on 13th April, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Miscellaneous: returning from transportation.
15th February 1827
Verdict Guilty > pleaded guilty
Sentence Death

Second Middlesex Jury - Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

CHARLES SEWARD was indicted for that, at a Special Session of the delivery of the gaol of the County of Kent, holden at Maidstone, on the 2d of January, in the 6th year of his present Majesty’s reign, the said Charles Seward was, in due form of law, tried and convicted on an indictment against him, for a burglary in the dwelling-house of John Nugent, and was thereupon ordered and adjudged to be hanged by the neck until he should be dead, but his Majesty having been graciously pleased to extend the Royal mercy to him, on condition of his being transported for the term of Fourteen Years; and afterwards, to wit, on the 15th of January last, feloniously was at large, without lawful cause, within his Majesty’s dominions, to wit, at St. Clement Danes, before the expiration of the said term, for which he was so ordered to be transported, as aforesaid, against the statute.

SECOND COUNT, the same, only omitting to set out the caption of the Session, and the indictment.

The prisoner pleaded GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 22.

Charles was listed as 22 years old on arrival.

Native Place: London.

Charles could read, was single, (his Convict Indent indicates that he had 1 child), was 5’1” tall, ruddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.

Assigned to the Engineers Dept.

18/7/1829 The Sydney Monitor:
SATURDAY.-Charles Seward and Samuel
Tridens were charged with having attempted to escape from the Colony. Captain Drysdale, of the Governor Philips, proved the prisoners were put on board his vessel at Norfolk
Island, by the Captain of a whaler, in whose vessel they had escaped from this Colony; they were both prisoners for life.—Three years to a penal settlement.

20/4/1843: TOL Parramatta

28/12/1844: (Newspaper date) Tickets-of-leave Cancelled.— James Watson Clifford, per ship Roslyn Castle, and Charles Seward, per ship Prince Regent, both for being accessary to a
private still— (These are the two men who were found on the Darling Mill brewery, at the time of the seizure.)

21/2/1845: TOL - In lieu of 43/1165 dated 20/4/1843.

23/7/1847: TOL Passport - Allowed to travel between Parramatta and Sydney on his own business for 12 months - Parramatta Bench.

2/11/1848: TOL Passport On the memorandum of Captain McLean.

1/6/1849: CP

29/1/1885 Sydney Morning Herald:
In the Will of CHARLES SEWARD, late of Parramatta, in the colony of New South Wales, Landowner, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that, after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, that Probate of the last Will and Testament of the above-named deceased may be granted to MARY SEWARD, of Parramatta aforesaid, his Widow, the sole Executrix in, the said Will name.
Dated this 28th Day of January, A.D. 1885.
Proctor for the said Executrix,
52, Castlereagh-street, Sydney.

28/9/1889 Australian Town and Country Journal, Sydney:
SEWARD.__September 21, ar Wigram-street, Harris Park, Mary, relict of the late Charles Seward, aged 74 years.
“Her end was peace.”

Obviously ‘Annie’ is Mary Able.
Listed as Mary Able on her marriage to Charles in 1843 - NSW BDM.

Marilyn Guy on 14th April, 2020 wrote:

Correction his wife was Mary Abel not Annie.

Convict Changes History

Marilyn Guy on 13th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1810 (prev. 0000), date of death: 23rd January, 1885 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 13th April, 2020 made the following changes:


Marilyn Guy on 14th April, 2020 made the following changes:


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