Edward Powell was conceived and born at sea aboard the Lady Juliana. He was the only son of Edward Powell, a sailoe, and Sarah Dorset, a convict. He was christened upon arrival in Sydney, on 13th June 1790. His father was required to return to England with the ship soon afterwards.
His childhood was spent initially with his mother at the penal settlement on Norfolk Island, and then at the Hawkesbury region and in Sydney. Whilst his father had returned to the colony in 1793, settling at Liberty Plains but also living at the Hawkesbury for some years, there is no evidence that father and son were ever re-united. Young Edward was apprenticed in 1803 to Robert Rhodes, master of the whaling vessel Alexander.
Some ancestries record that Edward was the man of the same name who died at Braidwood in 1858 (refer NSW BDM death of POWELL, EDWARD, reg. No. 3079/1858, showing AGE 65 YEARS, and DIED BRAIDWOOD, registered at BRAIDWOOD. This man was said to be a Chelsea pensioner (an army veteran).
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