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Thomas Clarkson

Thomas Clarkson, one of 306 convicts transported on the Fortune and Alexander, January 1806

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Clarkson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1758
Occupation: Dealer
Date of Death: 20th March, 1824
Age: 66 years

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 14 years

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Fortune and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1806
Arrival date: 12th July, 1806
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 307 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 380
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

Denis Pember on 16th December, 2020 wrote:

Thomas was a dealer in coals at Kingsbury, Warwick.
On the 18th August, 1794 he married one Catherine Rayson at Bedworth, Warwick. The couple had 4 children in the period 1798 to 1804, although the two boys, both died as a very young babies, prior to 1802.
Then April 1805 he was declared bankrupt.
(see Morning Post Monday 1st April 1805, page 3 and Stamford Mercury Friday 5th Aril 1805, page 2).
He was tried for uttering, two forged £1 notes purporting to be notes of the Bank of England. He was found guilty and sentenced to transportation for 14 years.
He was transported on the ‘Alexander’ and his wife Catherine with the two daughters, Catherine Clarkson and Sarah Clarkson also came free on ‘Alexander’.

In the colony, the couple had further 4 children.
He can be located in the 1822 Census of New South Wales.
Clarkson, Thomas, free by servitude, Alexander, 14 years,  licenced brewer, Sydney
Clarkson, Catherine, came free, Alexander, wife of T. Clarkson
Clarkson, Sarah, 17, born in the colony, child of above
Clarkson, Thomas, 11, born in the colony, child of above
Clarkson, Montford, 8, born in the colony, child of above
Clarkson, Ann, 5, born in the colony, child of above
Clarkson, Mary, 4, born in the colony, child of above
The elder daughter Catherine was already married by this time.. Having married Thomas Rowley in 1818.
Thomas died in 1824 but his six children lived very full lives and many married into the other convict families in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 16th December, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1758 (prev. 0000), date of death: 20th March, 1824 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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