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Edward Woodhart

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Edward Woodhart
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Soldier/gardener
Date of Death: 28th February, 1850
Age: 52 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 7 years

Crime: Stealing a watch
Convicted at: Cape Town Civil Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th May, 1820
Arrival date: 30th September, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 9 other convicts


Primary source: One of four convicts (added to the 190 convicts) who were placed on the Guildford when it arrived in Simon's Town (near Cape Town),August 1820 on route to Australia
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Anonymous on 30th July, 2012 wrote:

Was the head gardener in Launceston from 1826.
Married Lucy Hodges (Lord Sidmouth 1823) in 1827.
TOL 1827. Moved to Sydney in early 1830s. Became Superintendent of Sydney Botanical Gardens 1844 to 1846. Left to become publican in 1846.
Five children.

Kieran Hannon on 22nd December, 2012 wrote:

Edward (was is recorded as being from County Middlesex, and in one document described as a Londoner). He joined the army in 1819 and was posted to South Africa. In a drunken state he tried to steal a man’s watch infront of the Cape of Good Hope Barracks, was chased and caught. Even though he was a soldier he was tried in the Cape Town civil court in July 1820. He was transported on the Guildford (190 convicts onboard) when it stopped over on its way to NSW (August 1820). He and three other convicts joined the vessel on 8 August 1820 (making a total of 194 convicts onboard). The Guildford dropped off 6 convicts in Sydney, but was direct by Governor Macquarie to proceed to Hobart with the rest of the convicts who were disembarked at Hobart (VDL). 113 convicts were marched from Hobart to Launceston (including Edward) and the rest remained in or around Hobart. Edward married Lucy Hodges (Lord Sidmouth 1823) (a convict from Sutton Valence in Kent b.c 1800)in Launceston in 1827. They had a number of children. Edward worked as a gardener and gardening ‘foreman’ being put incharge of the Government Gardens, Government House, Launceston from 1826. The family moved to Sydney in the early 1830s. Edward became superintendent of the Botanic Gardens, Sydney from 1844 to 1846. After this he rented a pub on South Head Road. Unfortunately it was robbed twice in late 1848 and he gave it up. Edward is known to be a founding member of the Ancient Order of Foresters who set up in Sydney c.1846. He is also known to have entered flower contests in Sydney and to have been placed in some categories. Edward died in 1850. Lucy, his wife, died in 1881. The descendents of these two convicts (from their six children) number in the thousands.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 30th July, 2012 made the following changes:

new convict, term 7, convicted at 636, occupation 293, crime 79, firstname Edward, surname Woodhart, source One of four convicts (added to the 190 convicts) who were placed on the Guildford when it arrived in Simon's Town (near Cape Town)in August 1920 on

Kieran Hannon on 22nd December, 2012 made the following changes:

voyage, source

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