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Thomas Bates

Thomas Bates, one of 298 convicts transported on the Hilsborough [Hillsborough], October 1798

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Bates
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1766
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 1825
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Hilsborough
Departure date: October, 1798
Arrival date: 26th July, 1799
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 249 (125)
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

Toni Govier on 4th November, 2013 wrote:

Married 6 Feb 1804 Mary Katesby (Convict), married at St Johns Church of England Parramatta.
Pardoned 1804. 13 Jan 1810 Sworn in as Constable Parramatta. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1825.(NRS 897) Main series of letters received, 1788-1825. 4/1723.Page: 103

Toni Govier on 4th November, 2013 wrote:

1802: muster of free & emancipated convicts & liist of settlers: Thomas Bates, arrived Hillsborough on 12/11/1799. No family. Owned 17 hogs, had 10 acres of wheat sown, 3 of maize to be planted. Off stores, at Mulgrave Place. (Ref: AA222)
1806:  Thomas Bates, arrived Hillsborough, settler Parramatta with wife & 2 children, none victualled by the government. Had 50 acres in Greater Parramatta
1811 Thomas Bates, arrived Hillsborough from the Old Bailey Sentenced August 1797, from Warwick(sic??)
1814: Thomas Bates, arrived Hillsborough
1822: Thomas Bates, arrived Hillsborough landholder of Parramatta, lived with Margarett, 16 years, daughter, 3 children all of Parramatta. Margaret listed independently. Mary Ann with John Thompson
1825: Thomas Bates, arrived Hillsborough, 1798, Life, Constable, Parramatta Rd, John Bates 21 his son, Elizabeth 13 his daughter and James 7 his son, all of Parramatta
Wife, Mary Katesby/ Bates listed independently for most.

1822 - District Constable on the Sydney Road convicted of assault on Maria Haslem in her own home on the Sydney Road. (Ref: CS12 p47 - 4/1756)

He wrote on the 1/6/1820 requesting more land. He stated that he had been a district constable for 20 years. He claimed that he had a wife and 5 children and resided on the Sydney Road supporting “an honest, indusrrious character.” He noted that he had received a grant of 50 acres of land from Governor King on which he now resided following agricultural pursuits. (Ref: Reel 1067 - 4/1823 No 34 and 35, Archives Office of NSW)

Convict Changes History

Toni Govier on 6th October, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1766, date of death 1825, gender, occupation, crime

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