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Thomas Burgess

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Burgess
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Shop man
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 1 years

Crime: Embezzlement
Convicted at: Hobart
Sentence term: 1 years
Ship: -
Departure date:
Arrival date*: -
Place of arrival -
Passenger manifest -
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON37-1-1,363,55,L,80 Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au
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Community Contributions

Carol Axton-Thompson on 28th August, 2013 wrote:

Thomas Burgess emigrated to Australia a free man on the ‘Mary Catherine’ 1838.  He was charged and found guilty of embezzlement from his employer. 1yr imprisonment in Tasmania.

Native Place; Silver Hill, Sussex.
Clerk/shopman; Protestant; literate; aged 22yrs; single man; fair complexion; brown hair; Hazel eyes.

Very well conducted and behaviour.
Sentence expired 26/02/1843.

Newspaper report:
Thomas Burgess, formerly warehouseman to Mr. Watchorn, was indicted for stealing, on the 1st ult., a £1 note, the property of his employer.
Mr. Macdowell, as counsel for the prisoner, contended that the proceedings must be stayed in consequence of the information setting forth an embezzlement of certain monies,” whereas the charge was for a specified £1 promissory note. The chairman however ruled otherwise.
From the evidence it appeared that the prisoner had served a Mrs. Johnson with a number of articles to the amount of £1 16s., which the latter paid, and took a receipt. Burgess went to the cashier, and, according to custom, pretended to account to him for what he had sold; but instead of delivering up all the money, kept back the £1 note in question, which, on his return into the shop, he placed between some boxes. Arthur Harnett, another shopman, having seen him secrete the money, told Mr. Sullivan, also employed in the same establishment, of what had passed, and the latter took possession of the money. When examined in Court he could state that it was a £1 note, but would not speak as to the number or the bank from which it had been issued ; but Henry Chapman took upon himself to swear that it was No.11,854, of the Commercial Bank, which note was identified by Mr. Mitchell the cashier. Mr. Watchorn having been apprised of the circumstance, went to the prisoner and asked what was the amount of the last sale effected by him ; Burgess replied that he had fully accounted to the cashier, which assertion was met by Mr. Watchorn by saying that he knew to the contrary, since the £1 note in question had been found concealed. The young man, in a state of amazement, said that he deserved all Mr. W. might do-to him, but he hoped that he would not be prosecuted in consideration of its being his first
Mr. Macdowell, after bestowing much time and trouble in endeavouring to shake the evidence for the prosecution, called Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Lipscombe, and Mr. Wilson, who unequivocally testified to the uniformity of his good behaviour up to the moment under consideration.
Verdict-Guilty, with a recommendation to the mercy of the Court, in consequence of his formerly unimpeachable character. (The Courier 4 Mar 1842)

Convict Changes History

Carol Axton-Thompson on 28th August, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 1 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1820, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

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