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Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole, one of 220 convicts transported on the Batavia, October 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Cole
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 7 years

Crime: Pig stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Batavia
Departure date: October, 1817
Arrival date: 5th April, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 388
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 30th October, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 October 2021), December 1815, trial of THOMAS COLE (t18151206-10).

THOMAS COLE, Theft > animal theft, 6th December 1815.
10. THOMAS COLE was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of October , three pigs, value 5l. the property of John Marr .
JOHN MARR . I am a labouring man . I live at Eastham, in the County of Essex . I lost three pigs out of my sty on the night of the 30th of October.
JOHN BOWLER . I keep a chandler’s shop. On the 30th of October, between two and three in the morning, I saw two men driving three pigs. At first I was not sure they were pigs, it was so dark. The pigs laid themselves down in the Kennel. I stopped the prisoner, and the other man ran away. I questioned the prisoner a good deal, where he was going; and he said he was going to market at Cow Cross. I told him there was no market that morning. He said that the little pig belonged to him, and that the other two belonged to the other man. Then I said to him that he must give a better account, and when I got near enough to him I seized him. I called the watchman, and he was taken to Bishopsgate watch-house. I gave the pigs up to the officer of the night, and he kept them in his cellar.
JOHN HARVEY . I am the officer of the night, and have had the pigs in my possession ever since. I kept them in my cellar. The prosecutor has seen them, and says they are his.
John Man . I have seen the pigs, and know them to be mine.
Prisoner’s Defence. I am a poor labouring man , and was coming along the road to London, and was accosted by a man who said he would give me a shilling and half a gallon of beer to drive his pigs to London. I bought one of the pigs from him, going along; and when we were stopped in London, he ran away.
GUILTY, aged 24.
Transported for Seven Years.
London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.


Tasmanian Record
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List of Sixty male convicts embarked on H.M. Brig Prince Leopold for the Public service in Van Diemen’s Land, with their sentences of Transportation duly extracted from the Indents, and Descriptions as taken on the Muster at arrival in New South Wales.
Secretary’s Office, Sydney. 5 March 1819.

Thomas Cole, per Batavia, Tried London G. D., 6 Dec 1815, Seven years, Mason’s servant,  4 ft 11½ height, hazel eyes, black hair, dk sallow complexion. General remarks, Well behaved.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 30th October, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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