The Herd Family of Montrose & Manchester
Edward William Herd
On the 5th June 1890 he was committed to Grafton Prison awaiting trial and on the 7th of August he was found guilty of four charges of obtaining money by false pretences and sentenced to three years imprisonment with hard labour. His original prison admittance record states he arrived in Australia aboard the vessel Queen of Nations in 1875, and his transfer to Darlinghurst Gaol on 3rd October provides us with a photograph and physical description. Edward survived his period of incarceration by some 14 years and died at Granville, New South Wales in 1917.
“a certain class of vermin objecting to the small-tooth comb”
The photograph on the left is the Golden Eagle in Lodge St, Miles Platting, Manchester where Hannah Herd was landlady in 1879. It was also home to the celebrated author and composer Anthony Burgess from circa 1922 - 1928, amongst whose best known works was "A Clockwork Orange".
Thomas Berwick is described as a married man aged 43 with seven children. 5’ 7” in height with brown hair and hazel eyes. Face = Round, Complexion = Fresh, Build = Stout. Distinguishing marks = Mole on right eye, Scar to right arm. Holdsworth on the other hand at 6’ was one of the tallest men aboard, 40 years old and married but with no children.
“Ticket-of-leave men were permitted to marry, or to bring their families from Britain, and to acquire property, but they were not permitted to carry firearms or board a ship, and they were often restricted to a specific district stipulated on the ticket. They were often required to repay the cost of their passage to the colony”
(Thankfully he was not permitted to board a ship!)
Much has been written about the case of the scuttling of the Severn with an account of the court proceedings appearing the Nautical Magasine 1871 commencing on page 223, and many press commentaries are available online at The British Newspaper Archive