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Edward Smith (c. 1811–1871)

Edward Smith (c.1811-1871) a farmhand (ploughs, reaps, milks, sows) was found guilty, on 27 June 1831 at the Worcester Quarter Session, of stealing fowls. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived at Sydney aboard the Surrey in November 1831. Smith was described in convict records as single, aged 21, able to read, was a Roman Catholic, and had no previous convictions. His height was given as 5 feet 4¼ inches and he had a sallow complexion, grey eyes, and light brown hair.

Smith married Catherine Banco on 16 January 1842 at St Francis Church, Melbourne; they had at least four sons and four daughters. He died on 11 January 1871 at Hay, New South Wales.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1811
Roscommon, Ireland


11 January, 1871 (aged ~ 60)
Hay, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (stomach)

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Convict Record

Crime: theft (livestock)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Worcestshire
Trial Date: 27 June 1831


Occupation: farm labourer


Children: Yes (8)