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Yardley, Catherine (1763–1818)

Catherine Edwards was sentenced to seven years transportation. She arrived in Sydney in 1791 aboard the Queen. Later in the year she joined 20 male Irish convicts in an escape attempt to walk to China. After failing to do so she began living with William Yardley; they married on 7 November 1796.  In 1806 she and a male convict servant were charged with murdering her husband but they were released for lack of evidence. It was said that she was visibly distressed by her husband's death. Her son-in-law was later charged with her murder. He, too, was acquitted.

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  • Edwards, Catherine

Dublin, Ireland


14 October 1818
Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia

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