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A Cruel and Desperate Man?

Lion Henry Solomon (1809–1884)

Lion Henry, son of Joseph Solomon, was born in London in 1809, so he was about ten when his father was convicted and transported. In 1833, the year his father married Eliza Backas, Lion also married, one Fanny Symonds of Green Ponds. Family history tells of Lion meeting Fanny on the coach travelling from Campbell Town to Hobart. In the space of the journey, Lion convinced Fanny to break off her engagement and marry him instead. The couple had a long and happy marriage that produced eleven children.
Over time, many of the Lion’s offspring returned to England. Only Lion’s son Edward remained in Tasmania. Lion and Fanny moved to a house in Mulgrave Street Launceston, where they lived until his death. He was buried at Evandale in the same grave as his father. Fanny returned to England.

Edward, the oldest surviving child of Lion and Fanny Solomon married Mary Anny Tribilcock. They set up a general store at Longford, in northern Tasmania, and raised a family of thirteen children.
Edward, the oldest surviving child of Lion and Fanny Solomon married Mary Anny Tribilcock. They set up a general store at Longford, in northern Tasmania, and raised a family of thirteen children.

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