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Edmund White

Edmund White, one of 224 convicts transported on the Eliza, 02 February 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edmund White
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Machine breaking
Convicted at: Wilts Special Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 2nd February, 1831
Arrival date: 29th May, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 224 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 8
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

Maureen Withey on 15th April, 2019 wrote:

Edmund White was sentenced to 7 years Transportation for Machine Breaking, his part in the Swing riots.

He came from tisbury in wiltshire.

Extract from a letter written by Charlotte Wyndham to her brother George, who was a settler in New South Wales, on 13 January 1831.
“The special Assizes took place at Salisbury last week before three judges, and a great many prisoners are sentenced to transportation. Two are to be hanged ...  I think these convicts will be most valuable servants to you and other settlers in New South Wales. I fancy they will not be inclined to quarrel with the machines they will find there. ... Papa has done his utmost to get one of the men’s sentences mitigated, but he has not succeeded. ... A blacksmith, the most quiet and industrious young man in the parish. He was absolutely collared and taken out of his father’s house by violence; but, of course, when his spirit was up he was active enough, and being a blacksmith he well knew how to break the ploughs and rollers. ... I know there is hardly a chance of seeing poor Edmund White, but if you do, don’t forget that Papa has interested himself on his behalf. He has seven years to spend at Botany Bay.”
Dinton-Dalwood Letters, 1827-53.

Edmund White was transported to Van Diemens Land on “Eliza”

Upon arrival, White was assigned to the 20,000 acre property `Anstey Park’ of Thomas
Anstey JP at Oatlands and he remained with Anstey until he received his ticket of leave in July 1835. The following month, he received approval to marry Maria Smith, a free woman. They eventually had six children. He received his free pardon on 3 February 1836. White remained in the Oatlands area, working as a blacksmith. Edmund White was declared insolvent 26th April 1842. He soon acquired a small parcel of land in the town and, from 1846 to 1849, was licensee of the town’s City Hotel and, from 1864 to 1865, the White Horse Inn.

He died in 1882. His Death was announced in the Hobart Mercury, 19 April 1882 ;
“White. On April 17, after a short illness, Edmund White, aged 73 years.  The funeral will leave St Paul’s Church, Oatlands, at 4 o’clock Today. (Wednesday) April 19. R.I.P.”

His wife Mary died in 1902.  Announced in the Mercury (Hobart) Sat 14 June 1902:
“White – On June 13,1902, at No 2 Nile-terrace, Elizabeth-street, M.J. Mary, relict of the late Edmund White of Oatlands, and daughter of the late Sergeant-Major Smith, East India Company, Calcutta, aged 83 years.  R.I.P.  Funeral will leave the above address at 12 o’clock This Day.”

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 15th April, 2019 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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