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 Parkhurst Boys 1842-1862
Eden - arrived in VIC in 1849 SOURCES

The 513 ton ship 'Eden' sailed under the command of Captain Murdoch. She was said to have put in to the Isle of Wight where she took on 41 Parkhurst boys. She left there on September 26, 1848 and is said to have finally set out from Plymouth on October 5 on her way to the Port Phillip Settlement (Victoria) after stopping in Madeira and Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) along the way.

The 'Eden' was said to have arrived in Victoria on February 4, 1849 and discharged her Parkhurst boys in Geelong. They made up part of the cargo of 198 male convicts she was transporting to Victoria.

Ian Nicholson's 'Log of Logs' indicates that the surgeon's journal for the voyage is preserved in the Public Record Office in England and is on the 'Australian Joint Copying Project' film no. 3193.

The boys were listed in Paul Buddee's book, 'Fate of the Artful Dodger' and his research notes which were deposited in the Battye Library, Perth, some time later. His work has been expanded upon with information from other sources such as prison and Home Office records. Much of that information was also compiled and published by Keith Clarke in 1999 in his book, 'Convicts of the Port Phillip District'.

The 41 'expiree' boys who were transported on the 'Eden' are transcribed below.



* Although this information has been compiled in good faith,
please refer to primary sources for confirmation and further research.

Parkhurst Boys
Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age       Trial Place           Day Mth Year       Offence                                                  Comments

Anderson       John               10y   16   Clerkenwell                 28 01 1845   larceny from the person                         Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p341'
Astbury        Samuel              7y   14   Stafford                    02 07 1844   stealing a silver watch                         aka [ASHBURY]; retrained as a farm labourer; refer - 'HO 11/15 p343; Imm p270'
Barrett        John                7y   10   Liverpool                   13 05 1844   stealing a yard of satin                        Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p339; Imm p270'	
Barriff        John                7y   14   Clerkenwell                 08 04 1845   stealing a coat                                 Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p341'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Barton         Nathaniel          15y   ..   Chelmsford                  15 07 1844   arson - setting fire to stacks                  aka [LAY]; retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p336; Imm p270'
Burns          James               7y   14   Edinburgh                   10 03 1845   theft                                           Retrained as a brickmaker & shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p347'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Carr           Robert              7y   13   Aberdeen                    21 04 1845   theft                                           Retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p347'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Cray           William            10y   14   Wells                       25 03 1844   house breaking                                  Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p342; Imm p270'
Cummings       Daniel              7y   13   Central Criminal Court      03 03 1845   felony                                          aka [David]; Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p333'
Davis          Robert              7y   ..   Middlesex                   25 03 1845   stealing bread                                  Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA; Not on 'HO 11/15'
Gibson         Robert              7y   13   Central Criminal Court      07 04 1845   larceny by a servant                            Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p333'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Gordon         Thomas              7y   17   Salford                     15 04 1844   larceny                                         Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p338'
Grays          William             7y   15   Newington                   11 09 1843   felony                                          Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p344; Imm p270'; not on Buddee's list
Halton         William            14y   16   Banbury                     30 12 1843   larceny                                         aka [HATTEN]; retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p342; Imm p270'; Buddee gave crimes as stealing a pistol

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Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age       Trial Place           Day Mth Year       Offence                                                  Comments

Higginbotham   Frederick           7y   14   Nether Knutsford            14 10 1844   stealing a saucepan                             Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p335; Imm p270'
Higgins        Edwin               7y   14   Stafford                    09 03 1843   larceny                                         Listed as a hairdresser; Not on 'HO 11/15'
Hill           James               7y   16   Stafford                    11 03 1845   stealing a bag and 6                           Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p343'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Holding        William             7y   12   Liverpool                   27 02 1845   felony                                          Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p339'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA; Budde gave trial place as Manchester    
Howard         Henry               7y   14   Clerkenwell                 17 12 1844   simple larceny                                  Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p340'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Humphries      William            10y   14   Bath                        10 04 1845   stealing a coat and other articles              Retrained as a blacksmith & tinsmith; refer - 'HO 11/15 p342'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Johnson        Charles             7y   14   Stafford                    14 10 1844   stealing a sheet and table cloth                refer - 'HO 11/15 p343'
Jordan         Charles             7y   10   Stamford                    06 04 1844   stealing 2 pence from a shop till               refer - 'HO 11/15 p340; Imm p270'
Knight         Thomas              7y   13   Warwick                     02 07 1845   stealing various articles from a shop           Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p344'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA; Buddee gave trial place as Convent. (?)
Lally          William             7y   12   Maidstone                   02 01 1845   stealing wearing apparel                        Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p338'
Lane           George             10y   14   St Augustine                01 07 1845   house breaking & stealing money                 Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p338'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Leary          Thomas              7y   16   Clerkenwell                 17 02 1845   simple larceny                                  aka [HORGAN]; retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p340'
Lewis          William             7y   14   Gloucester                  15 10 1844   stealing a male ass                             Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p337; Imm p270'; Died during the voyage on 9/2/1849; probably also listed on list 'R'
Murphy         Thomas             10y   16   Liverpool                   17 03 1845   stealing gingham                                Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA

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Surname       Christian Name(s)  Term   Age       Trial Place           Day Mth Year       Offence                                                  Comments

Naughton       James              10y   15   Middlesex                   20 05 1845   stealing                                        Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA	
Rhymes         Joseph             10y   16   Exeter                      16 03 1844   stealing bees wax                               Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p336; Imm p270'
Roddy          Thomas              7y   13   Durham                      12 12 1844   stealing a silver spoon from a dwelling house   Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p336'
Rule           Henry               7y   14   Chelmsford                  20 05 1845   stealing a cotton print from a shop             Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p336'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Smith          Charles             7y   12   Birmingham                  05 01 1844   stealing stockings                              Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p344; Imm p270'
Stevewright    John                7y   ..   Aberdeen                    25 04 1844   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   3 previous convictions listed; Not on 'HO 11/15'
Stirling       Samuel             10y   ..   Perth                       02 05 1844   theft                                           Retrained as a shoemaker; refer - 'Ass UK lm. V4 p270'; Not on 'HO 11/15'; not on Buddee's list
Thompson       James               7y   13   Edinburgh                   13 03 1845   house breaking and entering                     aka [McLEAN, Colin]; retrained as a gardener; refer - 'HO 11/15 p347'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Tomlinson      Thomas             10y   16   Middlesex                   24 05 1845   stealing from the person                        Retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p341'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Twaites        Thomas              7y   16   Central Criminal Court      16 06 1845   house breaking and larceny                      Retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p333'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
Webster        John               10y   13   Stafford                    14 10 1844   stealing a watch from the person                Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p343'
Wilson         George              7y   12   Stafford                    14 10 1844   stealing a silk handkerchief                    Retrained as a tailor; refer - 'HO 11/15 p343'
Withey         Stephen            10y   13   Taunton                     31 03 1845   stealing 4lbs of mutton                         aka [WITHY; WITNEY]; retrained as a brickmaker; refer - 'HO 11/15 p342'; Parkhurst Register error - says he was discharged in WA
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