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Edward Devine (1796–1859)

Edward Doyle (1796-1859), the son of Thomas Tennant/Philip Devine and Ann Doyle, was born on 3 September 1796 at Norfolk Island. His parents separated some time between 1798 and 1805 and his mother began living with William Parsons whom she married in 1812. It is thought that Edward left Norfolk Island with his father in February 1805 on the Investigator. They went on to Port Dalrymple on the Buffalo in March 1805 but had returned to New South Wales by 1806 where Philip Devine was recorded as a self-employed labourer.

Edward Devine was named on the list of people in New South Wales to receive land grants in 1818. On 18 August 1819 he married Rosetta Pearson (as Pierson) at St Peters Church of England, Richmond; they were to have at least five children. Between 1819-1828 Devine's occupation was given as labourer. In 1828 he was recorded as working for the Australian Agricultural Company at Port Stephens.

He died from burns received after falling asleep near a burning fire on 11 August 1859 at Wilberforce.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia —

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  • Doyle, Edward
  • Dewine, Edward

3 September, 1796
Norfolk Island, Australia


11 August, 1859 (aged 62)
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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