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Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook, one of 190 convicts transported on the Asia, 01 April 1822

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Cook
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1804
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 1st April, 1822
Arrival date: 24th July, 1822
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 190 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 149 (76)
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 14th April, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 14 April 2021), October 1821, trial of THOMAS COOK (t18211024-15).

THOMAS COOK, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 24th October 1821.
1288. THOMAS COOK was indicted for feloniously assaulting John Bird , on the King’s highway, on the 24th of September , putting him in fear, taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, value 3 l.; one key, value 2 d., and one ribbon, value 1 d., his property .
MARIA BIRD . I am the wife of John Bird , he is very ill indeed, which is the cause of his absence, he is a plasterer and builder , and lives in Hoxton-town. On Tuesday evening, the 24th of September, we were coming from chapel together, between eight and nine o’clock, and at thecorner of King-street, in Old-street , the prisoner pushed up against my husband, he pushed his elbows into his stomach, which made him shrink, he did not hurt him, he did not cry out, it was all done in a moment - he snatched his watch out, and ran down King-street - it was a silver hunter; only the ribbon hung out - he was opposite a gas light, the watch has not been found; my husband pursued into Hoxton-square, but he got away; the blow did not stagger him.
WILLIAM FAULKNER . I am a constable. On the 27th of September I was coming down Tabernacle-walk, and took the prisoner.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Park.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 14 April 2021), October 1821, trial of THOMAS COOK (t18211024-16).

THOMAS COOK, Theft > pocketpicking, 24th October 1821.
1289. THOMAS COOK was again indicted for stealing, on the 27th of September , one watch, value 3 l.; one chain, value 2 l.; two seals, value 2 l., and one key, value 1 d., the goods of William Franks , from his person .
WILLIAM FRANKS . I live at Hoxton . On the 27th of September, between seven and eight o’clock in the evening, I was very near the Tabernacle, and opposite a pawnbroker’s-shop there is a small alley, seven or eight young men were by the shop; I was walking briskly, and just as I came up to the corner I observed three who were taller then the rest, the others appeared boys; they stood between the posts, two rushed on me, and in a moment my watch was gone - I saw them coming up, but did not suspect them, they were both close to me - I halloo’d Stop thief! and an officer took the prisoner down the alley, they all ran down there - the prisoner was brought into the pawnbroker’s-shop to me, in about ten minutes - I knew him by his waistcoat, which appeared light, he was the nearest to me. I never found my property - I conceive him to be the boy who took it, by his waistcoat, but I am sure he was one of them.
WILLIAM FAULKNER . I heard the cry, and saw the prisoner run fast from Mr. Franks, he had white stockings on, he ran down the alley which is a thoroughfare - I turned back, and caught him at the corner; he was himself calling out Stop thief; I brought him back to the shop, and Mr. Franks said, he was the man who robbed him, and he could swear it. I found nothing on him.
Prisoner’s Defence. I was coming up the street, and heard the cry - I called out with the rest.
GUILTY . Aged 17.
Transported for Fourteen Years .
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Park.


Hulk Records. HO-9-8 5 p 9.  (Portsmouth hulks)
From Newgate, 17 Nov 1821.
Thomas Cook, age 17,  Felony, Tried 24 Oct 1821 at the Old Bailey, 14 years, NSW 26 Mar 1822.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 14th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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