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Thomas Coles

Thomas Coles, one of 310 convicts transported on the Mangles, 18 March 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Coles
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Farmer
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 Life

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Northampton Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mangles
Departure date: 18th March, 1837
Arrival date: 10th July, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 308 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 18
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

Robyn Langley on 23rd October, 2012 wrote:

Thomas Coles finally settled near Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia and in 1846 was granted his “Ticket of Leave”.

Thomas Coles son, George Thomas Coles, wife Mary Coles nee Streeton and daughter Eliza Annie Coles, immigrated from England to Australia on the “LADY MILTON” of London, using the assisted passage scheme.  The passage cost 5 pounds for George, 3 pounds for Mary and 2 pounds for Eliza.  They were sponsored in their emigration by Thomas Coles (George’s father).  Their deposit of 10 pounds was paid on 5 September 1861.

Thomas Coles married widow Ann Bond at St Andrew’s Church of England, Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia on 24 Sep 1851.  (Elizabeth Coles nee Barron, had passed away.)  Ann Bond was formerly known as Hannah Hoffman (Kauffman) who had married Ralph Bond on 21 April 1838 in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia.

Thomas and Ann/Hannah had two children William Edward Coles born 29 April 1854 and Thomas Reuben Cole-Clarke b abt 1855.  Both boys were born at Ballalaba, near Braidwood.  (Thomas Reuben Coles had hyphenated Clarke attached to his name after Thomas Coles b 1810 married for the third time.  Hannah Hoffman/Ann Bond passed away on 23 Dec 1873 when the boys were abt 17/18 years of age.

Thomas then married Mary Ann Clarke nee Connell on 07 Mar 1874 at St Andrews Church of England, Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia.  Mary Clarke was the mother of two of Braidwood’s notorious bushrangers John Thomas Clarke b 1844 and Thomas Clarke b 1840 who were both hanged on 25 June 1867 in Darlinghurst Jail, Sydney, New South Wales.  This event happened prior to their marriage.

When Thomas passed away on 18 Apr 1893, in Braidwood, his Death Notice stated he was an old servant of the late Mr Hugh Wallace at Nithsdale, and subsequently in the employ of that gentleman’s son, Mr John Wallace. (Mr Hugh Wallace passed away in 1868).

Mary Ann Coles nee Connell passed away at Ballalaba, via Braidwood, on 01 June 1905.

Dianne Jones on 8th August, 2020 wrote:

1885, 27 March: Thomas COLES was granted a Pardon on this date.

The record appears as Col Sec 85/4380 and reads: “Re Thomas Coles: Convicted at Northampton Assizes on 11 July 1836 for housebreaking, sentenced life - Pardon granted - dated 27 March 1885. Coles informed by Braidwood Police 23 July 1885. See papers filed in Col Sec’s Office.” (see Irish Convicts to NSW at http://members.pcug.org.au/)

Convict Changes History

Robyn Langley on 23rd October, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1805, occupation, crime

Dianne Jones on 8th August, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

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