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Edward Woodham

Edward Woodham, one of 1063 convicts transported on the Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize, December 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Woodham
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
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 Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Gloucester Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Neptune, Scarborough and Surprize
Departure date: December, 1789
Arrival date: 26th June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 1072 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 32
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

Michelle Bregmen on 31st October, 2016 wrote:

Convicted with James Woodham. Possibly brothers. Both born in Marshfield, Gloucestershire.

In January 1785 an Edward Woodham was committed to Gloucester Castle Gaol for refusing to obey an order served on him for the maintenance of a bastard child he had fathered by Elizabeth Stratford of Marshfield. At the Easter Quarter Sessions he was ordered to be held in the Lawford’s Gate Bridewell near Bristol until he lodged sureties.

At the Gloucester Summer Assizes in 1786, Edward Woodham and James Woodham (qv) were sentenced to death for two highway robberies committed on 17 May at Little Sod bury, Gloucestershire. They were possibly brothers and probably lived in the village of Marshfield several miles to the south, where a turbulent family of Woodhams seemed to be continually in trouble. Edward (age given as 23) and James (age given as 22) were reprieved soon after their conviction to transportation for life and on 6 April 1787 both were sent on board the Ceres hulk at Woolwich on the Thames. They remained with the hulk when it was moved around the coast to Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth several months later and both were embarked on the Surprize transport on 29 November 1789. On 2 October Evan Nepean had mentioned in a letter to Sir William Codrington that the two Woodhams…. appear to be two incorrigible villains and it may truly be said are fit only for the gallows.

In 1806 Edward Woodham was described as a ticket of leave holder employed by Edward Robinson on his farm near Sydney. In 1814 he was described as a landholder in the Windsor district. In 1822 he was holding 11 acres there by lease (7 in wheat, 3 in maize, the rest in barley and potatoes), owning 20 hogs and holding 20 bushels of maize in store. Jane Carr (Minstrel) was described as his wife (no record of a marriage has been traced; she was apparently not with him in 1814). In July 1816 Woodham was described as a resident of Richmond when included on a list of emancipists who had appeared at the previous muster without presenting certificates of freedom (he was apparently no longer a landholder by this time). He died on 12 May 1824 and his burial was recorded in the register of St Matthews, Windsor, described as aged 83, per Surprize [he was nearer 62 according to the age given. on hulk records).
notes: 1788: PRO ASSI/5/1O8/2; 1787: ASSI/5/1O7/1; 1786: ASSI/5/ 106/2; Glos RO Q/S/1/a; Q/S/G1; Nepean letter at PRO HO42/15/249.

I am descended from the Woodham’s of Marshfield

Convict Changes History

Michelle Bregmen on 31st October, 2016 made the following changes:


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