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Thomas Todd Cooley

Thomas Cooley, one of 180 convicts transported on the Chapman, 06 April 1824

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Todd Cooley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 6th August, 1805
Occupation: Farrier
Date of Death: 22nd September, 1886
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Chapman
Departure date: 6th April, 1824
Arrival date: 27th July, 1824
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 179 other convicts


Primary source: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cooley-2296
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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Pete Nicholls on 25th April, 2012 wrote:

Thomas Todd Cooley, originally from Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire UK (my Great Great Grandfather) at age 17 was implicated in a London robbery of a banker’s home and sentenced to death, later changed to transportation for life. Just over ten years later he had married Margaret Paterson Aberdeen who had arrived of her own free will from Edinburgh. Thomas went on to establish Cooley’s Hotel in Moonah (still operating today), a successful omnibus business and even owned a champion racehorse. Thomas and Margaret had six children. The account of Thomas Todd is described in more detail here:

Peter Cooley on 3rd July, 2012 wrote:

Without specifically seeing the record and the word "Todd" this could be a mistake. According to oldbaileyonline there were 2 Thomas Cooley’s tried in May and June 1823 for different offences and the latter Thomas was to be transported. They were both 17 & 18 yrs. We need to prove a Thomas Cooley was transported prior to Apr 1824 or records to show Thomas Todd was indeed executed. The only connection I can foresee is that Thomas T was a farrier and his grandfather Nehemiah was a blacksmith.

Peter Cooley on 3rd July, 2012 wrote:

One more note. Why isn’t Thomas Todd’s accomplish Thomas Connor on the ship as well?

Diane Elizabeth Matthews on 26th December, 2018 wrote:

Thomas Conner was sent on the Phoinex in 1824

john Andrewartha on 7th February, 2020 wrote:

This is = Thomas Todd Cooley (1805 - 1886) = Family Tree Link

Convict Changes History

Pete Nicholls on 25th April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1805-08-06, date of death 1886-09-22, gender m

john Andrewartha on 7th February, 2020 made the following changes:

source: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cooley-2296 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 140), firstname: Thomas Todd (prev. Thomas)

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