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Thomas Canning

Thomas Canning, one of 128 convicts transported on the Champion, 24 May 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Canning
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Carter
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: House breaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Champion
Departure date: 24th May, 1827
Arrival date: 17th October, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 127 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 186
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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Maureen Withey on 1st September, 2019 wrote:

Thomas was tried and sentenced to Death at the Old Bailey.

THOMAS CANNING, Theft - housebreaking, 7th December 1826.

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

61. THOMAS CANNING was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Nolan , no person being therein, about nine o’clock in the forenoon, of the 31st of October , at St. George, Hanover-square , and stealing therein, 3 sovereigns, and 1 half-sovereign, his monies .

SARAH NOLAN . I am the wife of John Nolan, and live at Little Ebury-street, Chelsea , in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square. On Tuesday, the 31st of October, about half-past nine o’clock in the morning, I went out - I locked the door - there are only two rooms in the house - I rent it all - I left nobody at home - I returned in better than half an hour, found the lock broken, and the door wide open - it was a padlock - the staple was drawn out; I am sure I left it locked; I found my box had been broken open with a poker, and a glove containing three sovereigns and a half was gone, but the clothes were all left safe; I have known the prisoner five years - he lived in St. James’s parish, and very often came to our house; he had been there on the Saturday night before - there was a friend of his lodged in one of our rooms - he came about half-past six o’clock, and remained till near twelve at night - my husband was at home - he was sitting down - we had nothing to drink; I did not show him the money.

JOHN PEARSON . I keep the Red Lion public-house, in Ebury-street. I let this cottage to the prosecutor - it is in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square - there are four rooms to it, but their two rooms do not communicate with the rest: I do not occupy any part of it myself, but let the shop and parlour on the ground-floor to another tenant; there is a private passage goes from the street into my yard, and then up-stairs into their rooms; I can see into the passage from my house - I have every reason to believe the prisoner is the man whom I saw coming up the yard, about a quarter before ten o’clock, on Tuesday morning the 31st of October; I looked at him, and went out at the front door, thinking to meet him, but he did not make his appearance; I thought I heard him go up-stairs, and thinking he might be one of the lodgers, I took no further notice; I will not swear to him, as I could only see him half-way, and he held his head down when he saw me looking.

DAVID REDSING . I am servant to Mr. Pearson, and know Nolan’s premises. On Tuesday, the 31st of October, about a quarter or half-past nine o’clock, I was in Nolan’s yard, and saw the prisoner in the passage leading from the street to the yard; I stood in the yard, and he was standing in the passage, and was particular to shut the door after him; he went up Nolan’s stairs very slow; I also went up, and he asked me if Mrs. Nolan was at home - he was then standing on the landing; I said I did not think she was at home; I left him standing on the landing; I went away: I am sure he is the man - he was dressed as he is now.

JOHN NOLAN. I rent these two rooms. I came home at twelve o’clock - my wife told me what had happened; I went over at night to where the prisoner lodges, and found him at last at the Cock public-house, in Hopkins’-street, sitting there with his brother, having a pot of beer - his brother, the man who lodged with him, and his wife, were with him - his brother desired me to sit down, and drink; I said I wanted to speak to them at the door - they came to the door; I collared the prisoner, and said,“Was not you at my house to-day;” he said, “I was not;” I said, “I am told you were, and have broken my door and box open, and taken three sovereigns and a half out of it;” he said, “I was not there;” I said, “The man will know you - come up with me to him, and he can see you, or else I shall send you to the watch-house, and bring Pearson forward in the morning;” I took him to Pearson, who said he was the man who was in the yard, and went up the stairs - he denied it.

JOHN SOUTHERWOOD . I am beadle of St. George, Hanover-square. I was called in about eight o’clock at night on the 31st of October. I went to the Red Lion public-house in Ebury-street, and found Nolan - he said the prisoner had broken into his house, and robbed him of three sovereigns and a half; the prisoner denied it; I asked where he had been all that day - he said at work in Newport-market. I searched him, and found one shilling, one sixpence, one penny-piece, and a duplicate, on him. On the following morning, previous to taking him to Queen-square, I said I should go to Newport-market, and inquire if he had been there all day - he then said he had been there but half a day, and he could not tell me the number of the house, or the person’s name, or where they lived, but that he had been moving goods.

Prisoner’s Defence. I was working half a day - this man is my first cousin; I was moving a man’s goods, and he gave me 2s. and a pot of beer. I never asked him where the goods came from; I helped to put them into the waggon - my partner is gone into the country, and cannot come here.

GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 22.

Recommended to Mercy by the Jury, believing it to be his first offence.

D Wong on 1st September, 2019 wrote:

Thomas Canning was listed as 25 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Mayo, Ireland.

Thomas was illiterate, RC, single, 5’5” tall, ruddy freckled complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, both little fingers crooked.

16/1/1847: CP

3/11/1849 The People’s Advocate and New South Wales Vindicator, Sydney:
Shipping Intelligence.
Ship, Victoria for San Francisco - Passengers
Thomas Canning.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 1st September, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

D Wong on 1st September, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), occupation

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