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Thomas Atkinson

Thomas Atkinson, one of 330 convicts transported on the Lady Raffles, 30 November 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Atkinson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1807
Occupation: 'ploman' & farm labourer
Date of Death: 6th January, 1874
Age: 67 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lady Raffles
Departure date: 30th November, 1840
Arrival date: 17th March, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 330 other convicts

References

Primary source: 19. National Library of Australia Trove, DEVON ‘The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. 1860 – 1954)’ Friday 16 January 1874 p 3 Article. Tasmanian Archives, THOMAS ATKINSON ‘Deaths’, Record ID: NAME_INDEXES: 1160311, RGD35/1/43 no 580. Accessed 2 June 2017 Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 257 (130). Archives Office of Tasmania, Conduct Record (CON33-1-6) & Description List (CON18-1-26)
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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Keith South on 13th January, 2015 wrote:

Convicted of Burglary once before transported in 1833. Served 6 yrs in Bermuda.

Pat Beattie on 13th September, 2018 wrote:

Thomas burnt to death while in a state of intoxication.

Iris Dunne on 13th September, 2018 wrote:

Conduct Record:-
Aged 34, Trade: Ploughman and F.Laborer, Protestant, can read and write, Transported for Burglary, Single, C.Pardon dated 13 Nov 1855
http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON33-1-6,346,11,L,58

Description List:- No.967
Aged 34, Trade: Labourer
http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON18-1-26,208,95,F,60

D Wong on 14th September, 2018 wrote:

11/4/1840 Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser Yorkshire, England:

DARING BURGLARIES IN YORKSHIRE
George Atkinson, Thomas Atkinson, his brother, a returned transport, John Sanderson, and George Sanderson, his brother, a private in the third battalion of grenadier guards, all young men of athletic make, were brought up in custody of Thomas Ellington Collinson, chief officer of police at Boronghbridge, and Samuel Winn, chief officer of the city and liberty of Ripon, in Yorkshire, and placed at the bar before Mr. Gregorie, the first three prisoners charged with committing four daring burglaries in Yorkshire, each attended with great personal violence, and the last-mentioner prisoner with having received part of the produce of the said robberies, well knowing it to have been stolen…..
The prisoners (that is, those charged with the burglaries) have long been known in the North and West Riding of Yorkshire, as daring thieves, and are said to have committed several “crack” robberies in London.

The prisoner, Thomas Atkinson, has but recently returned from Botany Bay, to which place he was transported for seven years for a robbery committed in Oxford-street, and for which he was apprehended in Yorkshire by Winn, the officer.  He only served five years of his sentence, Earl de Grey having interceded for him, and obtained a commutation of the remaining two years.

John Sanderson and George Atkinson arrived VDL per ‘Asia 1841’
George Sanderson was on the ‘Lady Raffles’ with Thomas Atkinson.

Thomas Atkinson was listed as 34 years old on arrival in VDL - he was born in Rockliffe, Yorkshire.

Thomas was single, 5’9” tall, dark complexion, black hair and whiskers, dark brown eyes, dimpled chin, literate, has been a soldier.

Occupations: Labourer/ploughman, farm labourer/soldier (7 years foot guards).

Father: Dennis, labourer, Rippon.
Brothers: George, Dennis and John
Sister: Isabella - at native place.

Conduct Record: no entries.

1853: Permission to marry Caroline Johnstone (Earl Grey 1850?).
No registration found.
No other marriages found.

Convict Changes History

Keith South on 13th January, 2015 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Pat Beattie on 13th September, 2018 made the following changes:

source: 19. National Library of Australia Trove, DEVON ‘The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. 1860 – 1954)’ Friday 16 January 1874 p 3 Article. Tasmanian Archives, THOMAS ATKINSON ‘Deaths’, Record ID: NAME_INDEXES: 1160311, RGD35/1/43 no 580. Accessed 2 June 2017 Joi

Iris Dunne on 13th September, 2018 made the following changes:

source: 19. National Library of Australia Trove, DEVON ‘The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. 1860 – 1954)’ Friday 16 January 1874 p 3 Article. Tasmanian Archives, THOMAS ATKINSON ‘Deaths’, Record ID: NAME_INDEXES: 1160311, RGD35/1/43 no 580. Accessed 2 June 2017 Joi

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