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Thomas Bennett

Thomas Bennett, one of 220 convicts transported on the Henry Tanner, 27 June 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Bennett
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 29th October, 1809
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 16th August, 1865
Age: 55 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 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Henry Tanner
Departure date: 27th June, 1834
Arrival date: 26th October, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 379 (191)
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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Daniel Stapleton on 18th April, 2014 wrote:

First Thomas Bennett claimed as my Great Great Grandfather, the age doesn’t tally so I am inclined to dismiss this option.

D Wong on 18th April, 2014 wrote:

Old Bailey 17/10/1833:
THOMAS BENNETT was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of October , 1 hat, value 6s. , the goods of Samuel Adams .
HENRY SANDERS . I live with Mr. Samuel Adams, he is a hatter . On the evening of the 4th of October, about nine o’clock, the prisoner came to buy a hat; I showed him several; I asked him 6s. 6d. for this one, he offered me 6s., which I agreed to take; he then said he wanted it made more fashionable - more narrow in front; I went to the end of the shop to get the iron to do it, when I missed the prisoner and the hat - I went out and turned up a court by the side of our house, where I saw him with the hat - I pursued him, and called, “Stop thief;” I did not lose sight of him till he was taken.
GEORGE HARTLEY . I was going up Elder-street, and heard the cry of “Stop thief;” I saw the prisoner running, with this hat in his hand; I stopped him, and this witness came and took him.
GEORGE JOHNSON (police-constable, H 134). I took the prisoner, and have the hat.
Prisoner’s Defence. I was going down Elder-street, I saw a young man run with this hat and drop it; a man stopped me, and they took me back to the shop, and gave me into custody.
GUILTY . Aged 26. - Transported for Seven Years.

Son of Thomas and Sarah Ricketts.

4/6/1841: COF

26/3/1845: Married Mary Ann Lloyd at St Peters, Cooks River ~ 9 children.

Mary Ann was the daughter of Thomas Lloyd (Asia 1825) and Rebecca Bone. Mary Ann died 9/4/1907 aged 80 at Wollongong.

16/8/1865: Thomas died at Canterbury NSW aged 55.

Grace Brennan on 27th July, 2019 wrote:

This Thomas Bennett was not the son of Thomas Bennett and Sarah Ricketts.  Date of trial was 1st Aug 1833 Surrey Assizes. He was given a death sentence and transported for life.  His offence was highway robbery for stealing a watch, Basingstoke and Oldham note and 3 sovereigns from William Darton of Egham.  He arrived 15 Feb on the ship Fairlie.

Convict Changes History

Daniel Stapleton on 18th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1865 (prev. 0000), gender: m

D Wong on 18th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 29th October, 1809 (prev. 1809), date of death: 16th August, 1865 (prev. 1865), crime

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