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Details for the convict Henry Lodge (1842)

Convict Name:Henry Lodge
Trial Place:Essex (Chelmsford Quarter Sessions)
Trial Date:15 February 1842
Sentence:14 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Eden I
Arrival Year:1842
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Henry William Lodge was born in Great Canfield, Essex, England in 1825 and was baptised there on the 25th of August of that year.

Henry first got in to trouble aged 16 with his friend John Neville. John Neville's sister Elizabeth married Henry's brother John Lodge. Henry and John were convicted in Essex Assizes Court on 18 May 1841. Henry was sent to Springfield Gaol in Essex and was sentenced to 4 calendar months of hard labour,the last 14 days in solitary confinement.

This prison sentence didn't seem to slow Henry down as he was back in court just 4 months after getting out out. He was charged (again with John Neville) of "stealing bread and cheese in company" and as this was his second offence both Henry and John Neville received the same sentence - "to be transported beyond the seas for the term of 14 years"

John Neville died within a couple of years of his transportation, but Henry somehow survived. Standing only 5'4 and 17 years old, Henry was also described as having a scar on his forehead and "blind of the right eye".

Henry's prison record lists him as "bad in every respect". Henry was put on the convict ship "Eden" which departed Woolwich in England on 12 March 1842 and arrived in Tasmania on the 5th July 1842.

Henry seems to have behaved himself for the first couple of years, but on the 6th May 1844 was in trouble for misconduct in having food produce improperly in his possession "unreadable" except for "6 weeks".

Just one month later on the 6 June 1844, Henry was in trouble again for a similar offence - misconduct in having turnips improperly in his possession. For this offence Henry received 30 lashes.

Just over a week later on the 14th of June, Henry was in trouble again. Perhaps due to the corporal punishment meted out to him, Henry was absent from work without leave - resulting in 10 days solitary confinement.

That overload of punishment seemed to keep Henry quiet for 3 years, until he was in trouble for misconduct for doing something that he wasn't competent for - he received 14 days hard labour for his trouble.

On the 14th May 1850, Henry received permission to marry Elizabeth Jane Stevens, also a convict serving a 7 year transportation order. They married on 3 June 1850 at Saint Peters Church Hamilton Tasmania. On the 3rd February 1851, Elizabeth Jane was sentenced to 1 months hard labor for being absent without leave with Henry.

On 24 May 1853, Henry received his conditional pardon and appears to have received his full pardon on 25 April 1856.

Henry and Elizabeth went on to have 8 children, one of which, Eliza Jane, went on to marry William Thompson, the grandson of a convict called William Thompson who was the shepherd at Clarendon Estate near Morven (Evandale), owned by wealthy pioneer James Cox.

James Cox created the nearby village of Lymington, now called Nile, to house some of his farm workers. Henry and Elizabeth lived at Nile. Elizabeth died in 1873 of tuberculosis aged 46. Henry remarried 2 years later, to Caroline Vines - Henry was 50, she was 26. Henry had a further 8 children with Caroline Vines before he died in 1897 aged 72, for a total of 16 children, the last being born when he was aged 67.

Henry is my 4 x great grandfather.
Submitted by Researcher (4529) on 27 July 2015

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/13, p.18

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