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life span was 56 years*
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Sentenced to 7 years
||Tas Govt LINC: CON14/120 Indent; CON33/1/65 Conduct Record; CON18/1/36 Descr.List; RDG37/1/10-590 Marriage; CON52/1/3-82 and CON 52/1/4 marriage permissions; Courier (Tas) 10 Jun 1845 p2, p3
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Glenda Humes on 27th May, 2017 wrote:
Thomas Close born abt 1827 in Banbridge, Down, Ireland was convicted on 22 Jul 1844 in Armagh of larceny at age 17, sentenced to 7 years; sailed on the Elizabeth and Henry 15 Feb 1845 arriving Hobart Town, Tasmania 9 June 1845 with 199 convicts, 6 women and 13 children plus 51 soldiers; surgeon-superintendent Dr. Jewell. He was assigned to Port Esperance (Dover) on 2 Sept 1845; on 5 March, 1847, he received 7 days’ solitary for having carrots in his possession and on 15 Dec 1847, he was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment and hard labor in chains for breaking out of his sleeping apartment; received a ticket-of-leave on 14 Aug 1849 (had applied earlier but was directed to re-apply in 6 months on 27 Jan 1849. Received Certificate of Freedom 20 Oct 1851. On 9 Jun 1851, he was approved for marriage to a free person, Ellen Kingshott and married 23 Dec 1851. Unknown if they had children. Thomas and Ellen moved to Ulverstone - his death date is unknown and may have been approx. 1900 - 1908 but he is sometimes confused with another Thomas Close who died in Ulverstone 1907, also an Irish convict from Antrim tried in Armagh in 1842. Ellen Close died in 1910 in Ulverstone.
Convict Changes History
Glenda Humes on 27th May, 2017 made the following changes:
convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Tas Govt LINC: CON14/120 Indent; CON33/1/65 Conduct Record; CON18/1/36 Descr.List; RDG37/1/10-590 Marriage; CON52/1/3-82 and CON 52/1/4 marriage permissions; Courier (Tas) 10 Jun 1845 p2, p3 (prev. ), firstname