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Thomas Cheeseman

Thomas Cheeseman, one of 160 convicts transported on the Vittoria, 26 August 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Cheeseman
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Parchment maker
Date of Death: 1849
Age: 41 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Vittoria
Departure date: 26th August, 1828
Arrival date: 17th January, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 484
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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Anonymous on 4th August, 2012 wrote:

Thomas Cheeseman was 20 (per medical report on ship Vittoria) years old when transported for burglary.

He was single, 4’10 1/2" tall, light hazel eyes, light brown hair, ruddy fair complexion.

1830: Absconded from No.8 Iron Gang.
1830: Absconded from James Wilshire.
He received 50 lashes twice for absconding, spent many days on the treadmill etc., while in Sydney.

Thomas was then assigned to a Mr Irvine in Bathurst and absconded from him again.  He was at large for 4 years and 7 months and was then charged with selling stolen kangaroo skins, tried on 13/12/1844 and sentenced for a further 7 years transportation.

Thomas was transported to VDL and arrived per waterlily on 2/11/1845 and sent to Port Arthur.

He was now 37 years old, still single with a deeply scarred inside left hand and he had lost the 1st joint of 3rd finger on the left hand.

Period of Probation was 3 years.
Station of Gang was Port Arthur.

There were 2 punishments, 1st one unreadable.
2nd one 21/9/1848: Absconding - 6 months hard labour in chains.

9/4/1849: Died at the Port Arthur Hospital, about 42 years old.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 29th October, 2020 wrote:

UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856
Thomas Cheeseman
Age: 20. Birth Year: 1808
Treatment Year: 1828
Treatment Place: United Kingdom
Nature of the Disease; Phlegmon
No of the Case; 44
Date taken ill:  29th Nov. 1828
Notes; Of low make, stout and healthy. Applied with Phlegmonous Swelling on the outer part of the left leg ...
Discharged; 6th December 1828

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 4th August, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1808-00-00, date of death 1849-00-00, gender m

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