Edward Robinson [Convict "Admiral Barrington" 1791]

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Edward Robinson

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire, UK
Death: June 5, 1820 (66)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Place of Burial: New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ann (NN) Shorter - Robinson [Convict "Friends" 1811]
Partner of Mary Ann (Harrison) Robinson [Convict "Mary Ann" 1791]
Father of Elizabeth Smith; Harriet Elias; Ann Wood - Marr; Mary Powell; Maria Powell and 2 others

Occupation: Inn Keeper
Managed by: Anne Maree COBCROFT
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About Edward Robinson [Convict "Admiral Barrington" 1791]

Edward ROBINSON was born c1754 Bolton Percy, Yorkshire, England

Edward was convicted of larceny and sentenced to transportation for life. He arrived in Sydney Cove on 16/10/1791 on "Admiral Barrington"

Edward had a relationship/marriage with Mary HARRISON and they had the following children

  • Elizabeth 1795
  • Harriett 1797
  • Ann 1798
  • Mary 1800
  • Maria 1803
  • Edward William Alexander 1805

Edward married Ann SHORTER on 1/3/1813 at Windsor

Edward died 5/6/1820 at Sydney

Do NOT confuse with

  • Edward ROBINSON, convict "Manlius" arrived 1827


Edward ROBINSON was born in Yorkshire, England about 1754. He was a servant to the local theatre owner. Edward was a compulsive petty thief, and convicted of a number of offences, and sentenced to be hanged. This was commuted to Transportation for Life. He arrived in Sydney 1791 aboard the Admiral Barrington (last ship of the 3rd Fleet).

He partnered another convict, Mary Harrison, and had the first of 7 children at the Toongabbie Convict Settlement in 1795.

Edward became a property owner at Windsor grazing sheep. He was a Hawkesbury Pioneer. As well as land, he also became a hotel owner in Sydney and Parramatta. When his "wife" Mary died, he married another convict Ann Shorter. There were no children of this marraige. Edward died after illness, at his hotel, Halfway House, Parramatta, on 6/6/1820.

Source: http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/convicts/con311.htm http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/convicts/stories.html ______________________________________________________

Edward was a servant to Tate WILKINSON who operated the Theatre Royal in York and lived in lodgings at the rear of the theatre in what was called Mint Yard.

In 1789 Edward was charged with 14 counts of stealing. He would visit various taverns in and around York, and make off with the silverware, or in one incident, books. He was apphrehended, and several of the stolen items were found hidden in a box in his lodgings. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, but was convicted of all except one.

On 25 July 1789 at York Assizes Edward was sentenced 'to be hanged' but he was reprieved to transportation for life.

In January 1790 he was received on the prison hulk, 'The Lion' at Portsmouth Harbour. At the age of 29 on 27 Mar 1791 he sailed aboard ship 'Admiral Barrington' which arrived in Sydney on 16 October 1791 usually considered part of the Third Fleet. Edward received a pardon on 12 December 1794.

Source: RootsWeb. WorldConnect ‎[database on-line]‎. Ancestry.com, 2009


Mary and Edward were probably not married. They had seven children and all birth records indicate the father as 'unknown', and each child bore the surname of HARRISON, after their mother, however, all records after this indicate the surname as being ROBINSON, after their father.

In the 1806 Muster Mary was listed as Mary Robinson per 'Mary Ann', free by servitude, housekeeper to Edward Robinson. Edward Robinson, 'Admiral Barrington' was listed as free by pardon, settler. This was the only Edward Robinson listed in the 1806 Muster.

In Marsden's Femal Muster of that year, she was listed as Mary Robinson, 'Mary Ann', concubine with 2 male & 5 female natural children ‎(illegitimate children living with the mother)‎. The indent of the 'Mary Ann' lists her as Mary Harrison. The only time her name is officially listed as Mary Ann is on her Burial Certificate.

Source: RootsWeb. WorldConnect [database on-line]. Ancestry.com, 2009 http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty/family.php?famid=F16806&ged=purnellmccord.ged


Also read:- http://www.immigrationplace.com.au/www/248/1040427/displayarticle/1001210.html?pub=1&objectid=1030561&portletid=1001209&pagemode=2&orderbycolumn=&

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Edward Robinson [Convict "Admiral Barrington" 1791]'s Timeline

November 11, 1754
Hudswell, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire, UK
May 10, 1795
Age 41
Sydney, NSW, Australia
March 5, 1797
Age 43
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
June 4, 1798
Age 44
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
Age 46
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
Age 49
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
Age 50
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia
December 25, 1805
Age 51
Wilberforce, NSW, Australia