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Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook, one of 292 convicts transported on the Pestonjee Bomanjee, 16 April 1852

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Cook
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 10th October, 1822
Occupation: Brickmaker
Date of Death: 25th November, 1886
Age: 64 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Rutland. Assizes at Oakham
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Pestonjee Bomanjee
Departure date: 16th April, 1852
Arrival date: 31st July, 1852
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 291 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/17, Page Number 413 (209)
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

Lynette Dianne Stuart on 15th April, 2014 wrote:

Prior to being transported Thomas spent 5 years on a Hulk in the Thames     Thomas was highly regarded as a brick maker and layer and assisted with the building of the Penitentiary in Hobart. he married Sarah Ann Norman on 5.4.1855 and at the time was a free man gaining his ticket of leave on 27.9 1853 and conditional pardon in May 1856. He resided in the Green’s Creek area raising his family, William Thomas, Caroline,and Elizabeth Ada , later moving from Port Sorel area to Railton.. Thomas died at the Benevolent Asylum in Launceston

D Wong on 15th April, 2014 wrote:

From the research of Helen Booth:
Thomas Cook was born in Leicestershire or Rutland, England. He was tried at Oakham Assizes, Rutland on the 2nd August 1847 for Highway Robbery. He had stolen a watch and some money at Manton. Thomas was sentenced to 14 years transportation and it was not until 1852 that Thomas was transported, five years after he was first sentenced.

He arrived in Van Dieman’s Land on the “Prestongee Bomanjee” on the 31st July 1852.
Thomas Cook’s convict records on his arrival in Van Dieman’s Land gave his age as 28 years old and single. His religion was Church of England and he could read and write a little, he was a Brick Maker by trade. His personal appearance was given
as 5ft 7 1/2 ins in height, pale complexion, medium sized head, brown hair, dark brown whiskers, narrow face, medium forehead, black eyebrows, dark eyes, medium nose and mouth and large chin.
He had a number of marks or tattoos on his arms and hands. Forget me not man and woman, T.C. Soul on his left arm. Fish AL EL IL HL RP WP IP MS Soul, Anchor on his right arm, SI back of right hand. His birth date was given as the 10th
October 1822.
Thomas was relatively well behaved once in Van Dieman’s Land, the only blemish on his record being drunk out of hours and he was fined 5/-. Signed by Thomas Clarke on the 6th of August 1852 P.B. Gang 2nd Bedford, Dewey Street and
P.B. Gang Alf Nickols on the same date.

Thomas Cook applied to marry Sarah Ann Norman on the 6th of February 1855 and it was approved the following day the 7th. They were married on the 5 of April 1855 at the Police Station at Torquay. On the marriage records Sarah was listed as “Free”. Sarah had been born in Tasmania and was Baptised on the 28th of April 1844. Her parents were given as Mr. Norman and Sarah Watts and her God Mother
was Mary Curtail. She also had a sister Caroline and brother James.

Sarah Ann Cook nee Norman died on the 10th of June 1875 aged 34 from cancer of the Womb.

Thomas remarried on the 31st of August 1877 to Bridget Keenan. At this marriage Thomas gave his age as 48 but he would have been 55.
Bridget gave her age as 40. There are no known children to Thomas’ second marriage.

Thomas received his Ticket of Leave on the 27th of September 1853 and a
conditional pardon on the 20th of May 1856. Thomas and his first wife Sarah Ann Norman had three children William Thomas born in 1858, Caroline born in 1864 and
Elizabeth Ada born in 1866.

Thomas Cook died on the 4th of September 1902 at the Benevolent Asylum at Launceston in Tasmania, of throat cancer.

D Wong on 25th May, 2018 wrote:

** 2 Thomas Cook’s on this voyage **
Listed as Additional Identifier: 1 on Tasmanian records.


25/11/1886: Thomas died at the New Town Charitable Institution, aged 64

Convict Changes History

Lynette Dianne Stuart on 15th April, 2014 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

D Wong on 25th May, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 10th October, 1822 (prev. 0000), date of death: 25th November, 1886 (prev. 0000)

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