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Thomas Acton

Thomas Acton, one of 200 convicts transported on the Indian, July 1810

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Acton
Aliases: Ogle, Joseph (alias)
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1777
Occupation: Brickmaker
Date of Death: 1845
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Indian
Departure date: July, 1810
Arrival date: 16th December, 1810
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 21 (12)
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

D Wong on 31st March, 2018 wrote:

27/3/1810: Thomas Acton was 32 years old when indicted for stealing from the warehouse of William Wilks, of Wetherby, licensed hawker, a large quantity of cotton, linen, and woollen goods.  Thomas Acton pleaded guilty.

In 1810, Thomas’s wife, Sarah Acton arrived in the Colony per ‘Canada’ __ she arrived as Mary Ogle, wife of Thomas Acton per Indian.
A son Thomas G Acton was baptized C1812.

Coloial Secretary Papers:
ACTON, Thomas. Per “Indian”, 1810; brickmaker

1814 Dec 30:  Contracted to supply bricks for new building at Parramatta; had applied for an advance (Reel 6044; 4/1730 p.428)

1815 Jan 28-1818 Jun 6:  Paid from the Police Fund for bricks supplied for public buildings at Parramatta (Reel 6038; SZ759 pp.33, 92, 121, 177, 197, 238, 272, 312, 411, 439, 474)

1816 Oct 19:  Amended account for bricks supplied by (Reel 6046; 4/1736 pp.143-4)

1820 Jun 15-Aug 5:  Sentenced to death; commuted to transportation for life to Newcastle. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.5)
(**15/7/1820 Sydney Gazette:  William Taylor, James Ingley, Thomas Acton and Edward Ogle alias Cottam, burglary.**) Thomas Acton, for inciting, aiding, abetting, harbouring and comfortine the said Taylor and Engling before and after the fact - the property was found on Acton’s premises - all were found guilty.

1820 Jul 24: His death sentence commuted (Reel 6070; 4/7020 p.2)

1820 Jul 27:  On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Princess Charlotte” (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.146)

1823 Sep 15:  On list of convicts removed from Newcastle to Port Macquarie per “Mermaid” (Reel 6019; 4/3864 pp.418-9)

18223,24,25 Musters: Thomas and his wife and son were listed as living in Port Macaquarie.

1845: Thomas died aged 73 - death registered at St Lawrence’s Church of England, Sydney.

Sarah died in 1863 in Sydney aged 93.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 31st March, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Ogle, Joseph (alias) (prev. Ogle, Joseph (Alias)), date of birth: 1777 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1845 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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