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Thomas Best

Thomas Best, one of 176 convicts transported on the Mary, 28 August 1821

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Best
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Convict
Date of Death: 1884
Age: 84 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: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Nottingham Town Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mary
Departure date: 28th August, 1821
Arrival date: 23rd January, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 175 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 96
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

Helen Woolcott on 26th July, 2015 wrote:

Arrived Sydney 23Jan 1822. Assigned to W’m Lawson, Commandant of Bathurst. Tickets of Leave 29 Jul 1824-8 Mar1827/31 Mar 1827 20 Aug1867. Provisional Pardon1840. In 1846at CofE Kelso NSW,Married Mary Doyle (daughter of Ellen & Private Patrick Doyle decd 1831 57th Regiment). 1850 purchased 30 acres crown land at Upper Meroo, Gulgong/Mudgee, Shire of WellingtonNSW. Mary Doyle Best born in 1828 in Sydney died in June 1910 They had 1 daughter Henrietta and 3 sons - Thomas Sylvester, William and George Henry. All married landowners. I am ggg grandaughter through Thomas Sylvester line.

Convict Changes History

Helen Woolcott on 26th July, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1884 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Helen Woolcott on 7th September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1800 (prev. 1806)

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