Edward John Merrick [Convict "Surprize" 1790]

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Edward John Merrick

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: London, Greater London, UK
Death: February 9, 1839 (75)
North Richmond, New South Wales, Australia
Place of Burial: Richmond, NSW, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Merrick and Susannah Merrick
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Merrick, Convict "Mary Ann" 1791
Father of John A Merrick; Mary Elizabeth Martin; William Merrick; Joseph Merrick; Richard Merrick and 3 others

Managed by: Susan Mary Rayner (Green) ( Ryan)
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About Edward John Merrick [Convict "Surprize" 1790]

Edward John MERRICK (aka Joseph) was born c1763

Edward was convicted of stealing and was sentenced to 7 years transportation. He arrived in Sydney Cove on 26/6/1790 on "Surprize"

Edward married Mary Elizabeth RUSSELL on 24/12/1791 at Sydney and they had

  • John 1793
  • Mary Elizabeth 1795
  • William 1798
  • Joseph 1800
  • Richard 1802
  • Thomas 1802
  • Susannah 1805

Edward died 9/2/1839 at Richmond

Note: Elizabeth MERRICK age 9 on 1825 Census - is his granddaughter (daughter of Mary Elizabeth)

from http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty/individual.php?pid=I62746&ged=purnellmccord.ged

Edward was sentenced to 7 years transportation at the April 1788 Old Bailey Sessions for the theft of 2 lbs of tea, 7 leaves of refined sugar, 20 lbs of moist sugar, 3 lbs of rice and 1 lb of pepper. His co-accused, George Woodward, was acquitted. The goods had been missed after being loaded onto a wagon at the Green Man and Still public house in Oxford Road, bound for Berkhamsted. Marrick had called on Elizabeth the wife of Joseph Paste, an Islington dustman, asking to hire a horse and cart. She called an employee, Charles Deacon, out of bed and sent him out in the cart with Merrick. The man drove Merrick and Woodward to a point below Edgware Bridge where they loaded the goods onto the cart. All three were arrested at Edgware turnpike and committed to Tothill Fields Bridewell, Westminster. Some months after conviction, Merrick was sent from Newgate Gaol to the Ceres hulk at Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth, age given as 23, whence he was embarked on the ship 'Surprize' on 30 Nov 1789. Although indicted as Meyrick and occasionally listed thus in the colony, Merrick appears to be a more correct form.


Edward Merrick married Mary Russell on Christmas eve 1791. Their first two children were born at Parramatta between the years 1793 and 1795. In 1799, Edward was granted 30acres of land on the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Richmond, NSW. He set about clearing the land for farming and pig raising. He was granted a further 60 acres at North Richmond in 1816. In 1820 Edward was appointed District Constable and Pound-keeper at North Richmond. In 1830 he captured a 17 year old bushranger, John Tiernan, in the act of stealing a horse. Tiernan was hanged for his crimes. Edward passed away on 9 February 1839, aged 76 years. Mary died the following year on 25 May 1840. They are both buried at St Peter's Church, Richmond, NSW.


Edward was convicted of stealing food to the value of 50 shillings on 2 April 1788, at the Old Bailey in London and sentenced to 7 years transportation to NSW. The second fleet comprised six ships which sailed from England on various dates during the years 1789/1790. Three of these ships, the 'Neptune' (809t, crew 83), the 'Scarborough' (418t, crew 40), and the 'Surprize' (400t, crew 40) were chartered by a slave trading company, Camden Calvert & King who had won a contract to transport 1006 male convicts to Sydney Cove. These 3 ships departed Portsmouth on 17 January 1790 under th command of Captain Donald Trail on the 'Neptune'. The subsequent voyage was one of the first great tragedies in Australian history. The convicts were incarcerated in the ships for seven months, most of the time below decks and in chains. Malnutrition, scurvey, dyssentry and other diseases claimed the lives of 262 of the convicts during the voyage, with a further 141 dying shortly after arrival in the colony. Edward Merrick, then 24 years of age, was one of the survivors of this tragedy.


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Edward John Merrick [Convict "Surprize" 1790]'s Timeline

November 21, 1763
London, Greater London, UK
November 30, 1789
- June 26, 1790
Age 26
Sydney, NSW, Australia
February 2, 1793
Age 29
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
March 14, 1795
Age 31
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Age 35
Richmond, NSW, Aust
May 22, 1800
Age 36
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia
Age 38
New South Wales, Australia
Age 38