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Looking for info on Edward TREVILLIAN, convict, after his arrival in Australia

Query by shellyb

Edward TREVILLIAN was born in Poole, Dorset about 1831, baptised on 18 September 1831, son of Job TREVILLIAN and Ann TURNER. Edward had one sibling, a sister called Matilda and 6 half siblings from his fathers first marriage.

His mother Ann died in 1835 and his father ,Job, was in prison more often than he was out so for these reasons Edward and his sister Martha where raised by a half sister, Elizabeth, who also had an illegitimate baby of her own to raise. Tough times, which may have led to his conviction for larceny. Perhaps it was out of need rather than greed.

Edward TREVILLIAN was convicted at at Dorset, Dorchester Quarter Sessions for a term of 7 years on 28 June 1842, for larceny. Quarter Session records show him as 9 years old my records have him at about 11.

On 6th January 1847, five years after his conviction, Edward was transported on the ship Thomas Arbuthnot to Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia, along with 289 other convicts.

This is the point my research stops and I would love to know what happened to Edward. He only had 2 years of his sentence to serve. If anyone is able to tell me where I can look records up, point me in the right direction or has any information on Edward, I would be very grateful.

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on 2011-10-08 10:55:24

shellyb , from Kent, UK, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jun 2010. is researching the following names: BENNETT, , BIDGOOD and 50 other(s).

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by janilye on 2011-10-09 08:30:44

Hi Shellyb,
He was one of the 'Parkhurst Boys' There were 89 boys arrived and discharged at Williamstown. There are lots of books about them and I'm pretty sure there are some biographical entries.
One by Margaret Beames, called 'Parkhurst Boys'and another one called 'The Fate Of The Artful Dodger' by ( I forget)I think there are some records in it but I don't know if it is available outside a library. You'll have to look it up. Also, another book by Keith Clarke called 'Convicts of Port Phillip District. You should find them all with Googlr. Whether you find out about Edward or not is probably to do with luck.

by janilye on 2011-10-09 08:43:54

State Library of WA
Parkhurst Apprentices
Parkhurst Boys 1842-1862 This site has him in the passenger list as 9 yrs old and his crime was stealing a chain.

by shellyb on 2011-10-09 10:14:37

Hi janilye

Thank you so much for the info I'm very grateful and excited, fingers crossed I get some new info.

thank you
Shellyb

by BAC3 on 2012-04-09 16:44:08

Hello Shelly,

I am a mature Postgraduate at Southampton University researching for a PhD on Parkhurst Prison 1838-1864 as a reforming institution for juvenile offenders, one of whom as you know was Edward TREVILLIAN. Sadly, despite a thorough investigation of all Australan sources, including posting threads on RootsWeb/RootsChat, he completely vanishes after arriving at Port Phillip in May 1847.

You seem to be having similar problems, as does another researcher I contacted (Michele Bergin in Kent), and I wonder if you have made any progress recently. Are you familiar with IGI? There are two entries on that system, both with parents Job and Ann, the first under the name "TREVILLIAN" has him christened at Poole on 05/12/1828 and the second under the name "TREVLYON" at Langton Travers on 18/09/1831.

For the moment, my regards

Tony Cocks

by shellyb on 2012-06-01 07:07:37

Hi Tony

Sorry for the delay in replying. I am Michele, who you mentioned :) I still haven't got anything solid on Edward. I did get the help of 2 ladies in Australia today, on Facebook, in a group called Australian Family History and Genealogy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/141114082690049/ not sure if link will work as a closed group, but you could read the replies there.

Basically, they came up with the death record which I believe you have seen.

Name: Edward Trevillian
Death Date: 1875
Death Place: New South Wales
Father's Name: Henry
Mother's name: Mary A
Registration Year: 1875
Registration Place: Gulgong, New South Wales

Obviously parents names are wrong but we went on the assumption that he may not know his parents names, but that is no solid proof. I could trace this Edward back from her but I think it will be a no go.

The other lead was in the 1903 census where he is shown as a miner.

Name: Edward Trevillian
Gender: Male
Electoral Year: 1903
State: Victoria
District: Indi
Subdistrict: Great Southern

He would have been in his 70's but was told perhaps he went looking for gold and that there where many old prospectors.

If I do turn up anything I will let you know.

All the best
Michele

by ALV on 2012-06-03 23:30:15

I would suggest you contact the Dorset OPC to gain information regarding Edward's baptism/birth. The contact for Poole is Carrie Meerten but unfortunately i have been unable to obtain an email address. The Online Parish Clerk for Langton Matravers is Sue Mills suegar@iinet.net.au

by shellyb on 2012-07-31 20:09:24

Thank you ALV I will get in touch with Sue Mills. Thank you for your help.

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