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Thomas Bradbury

Thomas Bradbury, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Bradbury
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1792
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 52 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Robbery
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 118; Lancaster Gazette, Sat 10 April 1813 p.3
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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Robin Sharkey on 28th August, 2021 wrote:

Thomas Bradbury was sentenced to life transportation at the Lancaster Lent Assizes at Salop that commenced on Sat 20 March 1813, for robbing bleaching greens. He was soon transported on “General Hewett” departing August 1813 and arriving 7th February 1814.

Lancaster Gazette, Sat 10 April 1813 p.3
Lancaster Assizes
Crown Side
On Saturday morning, the Hon Baron Thompson passed sentence upon the remainder of the prisoners convicted at our Assizes.
Thomas Bradbury for robbing bleaching greens — transported for life.

Robin Sharkey on 29th August, 2021 wrote:

Lancaster Gazette, Sat 20 March 1813 p.
Lancaster Assizes
The Calendar of Prisoners who are to take their trials at our assizes, which commence this day, before the Hon. Baron Thomason and the Hon Justice Le Blanc, we are sorry to say, contains no less than seventy-three offenders, many of whom are charged with capital offences. They are as follows:

Thomas Bradbury charged with having stolen a quantity of linen cloth in the bleaching grounds of Thomas Pollitt at Broughton.

The Lancaster Gazetter of 27 March 1813 recorded his age as being 21.

DESCRIPTION:
From the indent of the General Hewett:
Aged: 22 years, native of Buckinghamshire; Labourer, Height in feet/inches & fraction of inch: 6 ft & 1/2in; Fair Ruddy complexion; Light Brown hair; Hazel eyes.

Thomas Bradbury had a mental health problem.
In the 1814 Muster, 9 months after arriving, he was recorded as confined in gaol. Mental health mau have been the reason, since in 1822 he had been in the Mental Asylum.

In January 1822 he was recorded as being a lunatic and having run away from the Mental Asylum (which was at Castle Hill). He was there in August 1822 with a letter in the Colonial Secretary’ papers seeking a strait jacket for him.

In June 1823 he petitioned for a mitigation of his Life sentence and in Aug 1823 he was discharged from the Lunatic Asylum but in September had absconded from the working party he’d been assigned to.

In the 1825 Muster he was in government employment, in Sydney.

In 1829 he got a Ticket of leave - Number: 29/0667 and was allowed to remain in the District if Evan (i.e. Penrith area).

On 19 May 1836 there was a recommendation for his Conditional Pardon.

Convict Changes History

Robin Sharkey on 28th August, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 118; Lancaster Gazette, Sat 10 April 1813 p.3 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 11

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