Land grant for Martin Edwards
Survey Department Hobart Town 1857
Launceston City Council
Image Courtesy of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Irish, Convict, Businessman, Launceston, Tasmania.
Signature of Surveyor General illegible
Map of Launceston, Tasmania 1856 (Printed 5th January 1857). Land survey map (surveyor's name illegible) showing street plan of Launceston. Map drawn in black ink with certain areas of land tinted pink and parks and reserves in green. Tamar and Esk rivers tinted blue. Land grants for Martin Edwards shown at corner of Wellman St and Arthur St, and on the corner of Brisbane and Charles Streets.
LAUNCESTON / TASMANIA / 1856.'
Martin Edwards was convicted and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment on 17th August 1819, and transported to Van Diemen's Land, when aged 19 years. His crime is not certain, but was possibly Forgery. He is listed in convict records as an assistant teacher in a school in Dublin. (A second convict describes him as a labourer). He became a fairly prominent landowner and businessman in Launceston, Tasmania, within two years of the expiry of his sentence, and was regarded as a 'gentleman'. Edwards died in 1856.
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