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Thomas Butler

Thomas Butler, one of 200 convicts transported on the Indefatigable, October 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Butler
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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: Bucks. Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Indefatigable
Departure date: October, 1814
Arrival date: 26th April, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 177 (90) wordpress.com/2009/10/23/ms-3251-1821-1844-box-1-vol-2/
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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greg petersen on 21st April, 2019 wrote:

The voluntary statement of Thomas Butler who saith I was born at Tulla in the county of Carlow Ireland. My father was a farmer, I left my Father’s house in 1812 I was then about twenty years of age I went to Dublin and enlisted for a soldier in the 25th light dragoons I remained in the Regiment for a year and a half and deserted from it in Maidstone in Kent two of my comrades deserted with me and on our road to Liverpool being without money we stopped a Mr John Ridgeway on the High Road near Stoney Stratford on an evening in September 1813 and robbed him of between nine and ten pounds in money, we took nothing else from his person we did not ill use him, I held his horse whilst the other men took the money from him which he gave up readily and then rode towards London, we proceeded along the Liverpool road to Daventry, we were in Regimentals when we committed the robbery, but had no arms we bought some coloured cloths at Lancaster/Towcester? and left our fatigue dresses there, the next morning we were taken in Daventry examined the same day by some Magistrates at Stoney Stratford and committed to Aylesbury Gaol and tried on the ninth of March 1814 before Sir Vicary Gibbs and cast for Death, I was transported to New South Wales in the Indefatigable and arrived in Sydney in April 1815 I was first assigned to Mrs Reiby and remained in her service nearly six years when I was returned to the service of the Crown I remained in the Government Boats about twelve months when I was sentenced to be sent to Port Macquarie for heaving a stolen watch in my possession belonging to


Mr Robert Cooper which I had bought when I was intoxicated and to receive a Corporal punishment of a hundred lashes, I was to have remained at Port Macquarie the reminder of my sentence but was taken out of the vessel at Newcastle by the then Commandent Colonel Morrisset who had my irons knocked off and kelp me as one of the crew of his Barge, I went there in February 1822 and remained there and so employed until the latter end of 1826 and was then assigned to Captain Levingstone of the Lord Liverpool Cutter who took me to Sydney and remained with him until the latter end of July 1827 I was employed by my master in assisting to fit out the cutter Currency Lass and in the month of July 1827 I concealed myself on board that vessel and arrived on board her at Launceston on the twelfth of August at the wharf the Captain
did not knows I was on board or that I landed from her. I went over to Hobart Town where I engaged myself to a man named Bernard Fox a carrier and went with him to Mr John McLeods at Campbell Town, I was employed to protect the Goods on the road, I engaged with Mr McLeod and remained there ten months and was chiefly employed salting beef and taking it to the Commissariat Store in Launceston, after I left Mr McLeods I went to live with Mr Morrisy at Bagdad and hoid? with him as cook and waiter a month and then went to the Ship Inn in Hobart Town where I resided in the capacity of Waiter a fortnight and then came straight to Launceston and the next day I went on Board the Caroline cutter to enquire where she was bound to, Laughton White had a boat alongside and was


shipping potatoes on board I told him I was a shoemaker and was in debt and wanted to stop ion some secret place for a little while, he took me to Captain Paines farm on the right bank of the Tamar that night, the next morning he called me a little way from the House and asked me to tell him the truth whether I was a free man or a prisoner he said tell me the truth if you are a prisoner I will endeavour to protect you as well as if you are a free man, you can go to my other farm on the opposite side of the River where you can hide privately, I told him I was a prisoner and every thing that had happened to me since I left Sydney, I passed myself by the name of Dennis Redman in Van Diemen’s Land until I gave myself up to the Police in Launceston.

I returned to Launceston for the purpose of getting out of the Colony. I have not committed any other offence in Ireland England or these colonies besides those I have stated nor in another other part of the world.

/signed/ Thomas Butler

BUTLER, Thomas. Per “Indefatigable”, 1815

Convict Changes History

greg petersen on 21st April, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 177 (90) wordpress.com/2009/10/23/ms-3251-1821-1844-box-1-vol-2/ (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO1

greg petersen on 21st April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1792 (prev. 0000)

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