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Thomas Buckmaster

Thomas Buckmaster, one of 320 convicts transported on the Lord Lyndoch, 07 September 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Buckmaster
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: 'ploman' & farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Stealing a watch
Convicted at: Central Criminal Cort
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Lord Lyndoch
Departure date: 7th September, 1840
Arrival date: 5th February, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 321 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 212
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

Wade Reena Arya Jazzy on 16th January, 2016 wrote:

Thomas served in the British army in Portugal for a period of six years and eight months. He received a bayonet wound in that service. He had a tattoo Marjarosa and Portugal on the inside of right arm where the bayonet wound was also. A broken right ankle is also mentioned.Convicted for breaking and entering a dwelling house and stealing a watch valued at 8 pounds 18 shillings and sentenced to 15 years. There was a prior conviction, for theft of a coat, with six months sentence handed down. He was held on the prison hulk Leviathan from 4th November 1839 and transferred to the convict ship Lord Lyndoch and departed 7th September 1840. He arrived 5 Feb 1841 in Van Diemens Land. He received a pardon and was employed as a probationary constable. Reputed as a man who could successfully hunt down runaway convicts he was posted to North East Tasmania where he married Elizabeth Lee, also a one time convict. They moved to the penal colony of Norfolk Island where he came across the prisoner James Dalton who would subsequently murder him in another time and place. All children were pre school age when Dalton and a fellow inmate who had been transferred back to Tasmania, escaped following a boating incident. The pair killed a man and robbed several others. After having held a wealthy family hostage at Avoca they lay in wait for the police to arrive. On 6th January 1853 Buckmaster was one of three police in pursuit. Dalton killed Buckmaster with a shot through the eyes resulting in instant death. Elizabeth, a widow married Richard Plummer later that same year and bore three more children to him. Richard Plummer adopted each of Thomas Buckmasters children. The boy, Robert,  took the name Plummer into his adult life and his descendants bore that name.

Source: MyHeritage.com

Convict Changes History

Wade Reena Arya Jazzy on 16th January, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, gender: m, occupation, crime

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