By Irma Walter, 2019.
Three men, Edmund Champ, Daniel Steel and James Witt were convicted at Southampton in Hampshire of sheep-stealing in the Parish of Hale and were sentenced on 4 March 1849 to 10 years’ transportation. They were in a group of Hampshire prisoners taken to Millbank Prison in May 1849. In 1852 Champ’s companions James Witt and Daniel Steel were sent onboard the Equestrian (3rd voyage) to Tasmania.
Champ spent time in Portsmouth Prison before being taken onboard the Pyrenees (2nd voyage). He arrived in Western Australia on 30 April 1853. His description – single, 5’8½”, light coloured hair, grey eyes, oval face, fair complexion, tolerably stout, with no distinguishing marks.
He received his Ticket of Leave on 1 May 1853. His life in WA was cut short as the result of an accident while employed by William Pearce Clifton: A Ticket-of-leave holder was accidentally killed a few days ago in the Leschenault district. The man, whose name was Edward Champ, was a sawyer in the service of Mr Pearce Clifton, and was in the act of felling a tree, when it fell upon him, and occasioned such injuries as to cause his death.
Marshall Waller Clifton of Australind made a note in his journal that he was ‘unable to go down to bury Pearce’s Sawyer killed in falling a tree’. Where Champ was buried is not known.
 England & Wales Criminal Registers, Hampshire 1849.
 Hampshire Telegraph, 5 May 1849.
 National Archives, Portsmouth Prison Registers, Nos. 2901 – 49-40, Series PCOM2, Piece No. 107.
 Convict Ships to Western Australia, http://members.iinet.net.au
 Perth Gazette, 2 September 1853.
 P Barnes, JM Cameron, HA Willis, The Australind Journals of Marshall Waller Clifton 1840-1861, Hesperian Press, Carlyle, WA, 2010, p. 453.