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Edward Sharpe

Edward Sharpe, one of 160 convicts transported on the Claudine, 20 May 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Sharpe
Aliases: Sharp
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 1869
Age: 70 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 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Leicester Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Claudine
Departure date: 20th May, 1821
Arrival date: 15th December, 1821
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 86
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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greg petersen on 30th December, 2016 wrote:

born in Brigg Lincolnshire, transported to van Diemens land assigned to Thomas Archer at Woolmer’s in Longford,
punishment records:
                Location/Situation   Lieutenant Ritchie  
                Offence Detail       Disobedience of the order of Thomas Archer
                                        Esquire and absenting himself from his master’s
                Sentence               50 Lashes. /P.A.M. And T.C.S./.

2. 07/08/1824  
                Offence Detail       Neglect of duty and stealing 8lbs of pork.
                Sentence             100 Lashes. /B.M./.

3. 02/10/1827  
                Location/Situation   C. Campbell  
                Offence Detail       Assaulting George Pyle on the 30th ult: (ultimo)
                Sentence             Reprimanded. /P.A.M./.
died in Fyansford Victoria

greg petersen on 6th January, 2017 wrote:

twice in prison first time 10 weeks acquitted, second time found guilty Grand Larceny, sent to Hulk Justitia at Woolwich transferred with 159 others to Claudine

greg petersen on 8th January, 2017 wrote:

Edward Sharpe the son of John and Hannah Sharpe christened 1799 Wrawby/Brigg, Lincolnshire. He was convicted at Leicester Assize on 26 March 1821. Edward was described as 5’ 3 1/2”, hickory eyes and brown hair, aged 18(It is possible he lowered his age hoping for leniency), Body marks: Man on left arm, Scar high up on forehead, native of Brigg, Lincolnshire and his trade was Gunsmiths boy.
M at Church Gate Leicester - name Lowry - F in Law {Keeps} a Gun Shop  
Gunsmiths boy
Hulk report:
10th April 1837 married Jessie Patterson (native of Edinburgh, Scotland b. 1814) in Launceston
1st May 1829 gained his freedom certificate
Jessie Patterson d. 1859

greg petersen on 7th June, 2017 wrote:

August 7th 1824 returned to Govt. C.G. (Chain Gang)
October 1st 1839 F.S Drunk & Fined 5/-
December 13th 1839 F.S Abusive Language & Fined 5/- and costs D.M.

greg petersen on 7th June, 2017 wrote:

Death of first born, Edward John Sharpe, b. 5/1/1839, d. 26/4/1839

greg petersen on 4th August, 2017 wrote:

Edward Sharp(e) remarries in the colony of Victoria to 27 year old Hellen Hogg (Ellen Hogg). Born in 1831, she arrived in Victoria in 1848 one of the Irish Famine Orphans on the Lady Kennaway. She had been a House Servant prior to leaving her native place of County Donegal Ireland; her religion was listed as Episcopalian and could neither read nor write. Both her parents were dead. (Nominal Passenger List - VPRS 14/P0000/0004) Ellen left the Immigration Depot on 15th December 1848 and was engaged by David Mathews of Melbourne, for 6 months at £9 per annum.

1862 Mary Ann Sharpe, daughter of Edward & Ellen is born and dies in March the same year. 

1869 John Thomas Sharpe son of Edward & Ellen is born, birth name recorded as Sharp, graveside surname spelled as Sharpe (he died in 1924).
1869 28th March, Edward Sharpe aged 70 dies at Fyansford, Victoria and is buried alongside his last born child John Thomas Sharpe at Geelong West cemetery

greg petersen on 25th March, 2019 wrote:

1828 May 1st, Hobart Town Courier,
Certificates of
freedom - Charles Grant, 321, Morley 4, William
Collis, 452. Arab, EDWARD SHARPE, 379, Claudine,
John Golder, 285, Phoenix I, James Butterworth, 39,
ditto. 2, John Clayton, 521, Globe, Robert Bainbridge,
813, Lady East, John Furlow, 218, Commodore
Hayes, Elizabeth Sherwin, 63, Lord Sidmouth 3,
George Adams, 160, Competitor.

greg petersen on 25th March, 2019 wrote:

should read 1st May 1829

greg petersen on 20th April, 2019 wrote:

Hobart Town Courier - Sat 9th May 1829 page 2 - Certificate of Freedom - Edward Sharpe per Claudine Possibly Edward Sharpe per Claudine: From Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 19th March 1831 - Article telling of attack by Blacks on two men while at work, one of whom was an Edward Sharpe, both Sawyers, in the employ of a Mr Massey of Launceston. Edward Sharpe was wounded severely and his life was ‘despaired of’‘. Same article appeared in Van Dieman’s Land News (From the Hobart Town courier) Tuesday 19th April 1831 Page 3

greg petersen on 6th May, 2019 wrote:

Full article of the 1831 attack:
Page 85
Two sawyers named John Taylor and Edward Sharpe, in the employ of Mr. Massey were at work in the Stringy Bark Gully, about 6 miles from Mr. Masseys; and 3 miles from Mr. Boney’s run. With them was a black girl who had been brought up from her infancy among the white People. On the day stated in our 1st three natives came down to their hut, which they robbed of two guns, some tea and sugar, a blanket and a rug; and before the men were apprised of their approach, they were attacked by them at the pit. Finding that their fire arms, which had been incautiously left at the hut were taken from them, they faced the natives; and fought them for a quarter of an hour with stones, when becoming so faint from the effect of their wounds they were obliged to take to flight. SHARPE the man supposed to have been— killed, was speared through the arm and through the shoulder, besides being very much bruised with waddies and stones which the savages threw. The other man Taylor received a spear through his finger; which also grazed his shoulder, and a violent blow on the back of the head with a waddie, which cut him severely, he was also much bruised with stones. The statement of this man is that on sending to Mr. Batman’s party which were stationed in the vicinity , Mr, B. was not there; and that the party refused to go out having only two rounds of ammunition!!!
This if true is a subject of great complaint; and we trust enquiries will be made in the
proper quarter. The long and unwearying exertions of Mr Batman in this harrassing
warfare, seems not at all to coincide with this statement but as he was not present
the conduct of his men cannot attach any blame to him. However on this head we
shall refrain from making any comment until we hear the other side of the question. When the news of the assault reached M r . Massey’s, although that gentleman was in town, a party of 8 men (Mr. Massey’s own servants) were dispatched in pursuit; and
when Mr. M. reached home he went out for two days himself; These researches
however were fruitless; and no tidings of the Blacks could be obtained. Although on the Wednesday 3 were seen near Mr. Batman’s, one of whom had one of the guns taken from the sawyers. The poor black girl was captured by the savages; and not having been seen by the stock-keeper with the three seen on the Wednesday, it is much to be feared that she has been murdered by her barbarous countrymen. After what we said last week it is unnecessary for us to make any further allusions to the friendly missions but we must iterate and reiterate to the authorities, the one simple but expressive word BEWARE!!!
Since writing the above, we have received the lamentable intelligence, that a Mrs. Cunningham and Child, have been so dreadfully wounded by the natives that their lives are despaired of. —Particulars in our next.

John Batman’s letter June 6th 1831 to James Simpson, police magistrate at Hobart Town:
“I beg to state for his Excellency’s information that there are now in this neighbourhood two tribes; one is the tribe that speared a few days back a man of Mr. Cox’es and two or three days after left for dead one of Mr. Massey’s splitters and speared a second – they at the same time took away the black woman who was married some months back to ‘Black Bill,’ an aborigine of this island”  (presumably the ‘Black Bill’ mentioned as having received a grant of land in a previous letter). 
“She has not since been heard of – this woman was brought up from infancy among white people, and is not acquainted with one word of their language.”
. . . “The second tribe I speak of,” he continued, “I think they have no wish to commit murder.”
He speaks of encounters which settlers had had with members of this tribe, who were armed with spears.  One party said ” . . . the natives could have murdered the whole of them if they wished,” and the other party, he wrote, “also states they could have murdered them if they wished – they cut open some bags of wheat and then made off.”
“This tribe, if falling in with, I think might readily be induced to become friendly, but it cannot be accomplished without the assistance of one or two of their own people who understand a little English and can speak to them in their own language,” said Batman.

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 30th December, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1869 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

greg petersen on 25th November, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Sharp

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