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Edward Goodwin (c. 1765–1839)

Edward Goodwin (c.1765-1839), with a companion, was found guilty on 21 April 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing two pieces of woollen cloth each six and a half yards long. Sentenced to seven years transportation, Goodwin was sent to the Censor hulk on 6 September 1784 and was discharged to the Scarborough in February 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

On 24 October 1789 Goodwin was sentenced to 50 lashes for playing cards with John Pettit at 2 am. He married Ann Thomas on 27 December 1790 at St Philip's Church, Sydney; they had at least 13 children.

Goodwin was sworn a constable at Kissing Point in 1800 where he was a landholder. He owned three pigs, three sheep, and had six acres under crop. Two years later he owned a 60 acre farm and by 1806 was running 56 sheep.

Edward Goodwin died (as Edward Goodin) at Hunters Hill on 5 January 1839 and was buried three days later at St Anne's churchyard; his age was given as 77.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 144-45

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Alternative Names
  • Goodin, Edward
  • Goodwine, Edward
  • Gooding, Edward
  • Gooden, Edward

c. 1765
London, Middlesex, England


5 January, 1839 (aged ~ 74)
Hunters Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years