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Edward Humphreys (c. 1765–1804)

Edward Humphreys (c.1765-1804), a dustman, was found guilty on 8 December 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing one cloth great coat, valued at 30 shillings and one pair of leather boots valued at 10 shillings from a house. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Censor hulk on 23 May 1785 and was discharged to the Scarborough in February 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Humphreys (as Edward Humphries) married Mary Williams on 14 February 1791 at St Philip's Church, Sydney; both signed the register with an 'X'. The couple had at least five children. He was buried (as Edward Humphries) on 21 October 1804 at St John's Church, Parramatta.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 183-84

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Humphry, Edward
  • Humphrey, Edward
  • Humphries, Edward
  • Humfries, Edward

c. 1765
Deptford, Kent, England


20 November, 1804 (aged ~ 39)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 8 December 1784


Occupation: dustman


Children: Yes (5)