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Thomas Cox

Thomas Cox, one of 369 convicts transported on the Dromedary, 11 September 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Cox
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: Dealer
Date of Death: 22nd November, 1823
Age: 21 years

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: -
Convicted at: Salop Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Dromedary
Departure date: 11th September, 1819
Arrival date: 10th January, 1820
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 369 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 213 (108)
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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AaronRichard on 3rd July, 2015 wrote:

Conduct record states sentence was “Life”, whereas description lists as “7 years”.  A native of Worcestershire.

Thomas Cox was the final victim of murderer and cannibal Alexander Pearce.

After numerous further offences as a convict, including aiding and abetting other absconders and breaking out of Launceston Gaol, Cox was sent to Sarah Island, Macquarie Harbour in 1822, where he was to serve the rest of his sentence.

In late 1823, Cox attempted escape with Alexander Pearce.  Pearce had escaped once before, having had been returned to Macquarie Harbour after being the sole survivor of an earlier group of 7 escapees, who had turned to killing and eating each other to avoid starving in the Tasmanian wilderness. 

After absconding from their work gang on 13th November, Cox and Pearce made their way through the forest until reaching the King River.  At this point, allegedly upon discovering that Cox could not swim, Pearce flew into a rage and killed Cox with his axe.  He then dismembered and partially ate Cox’s body.

Pearce was picked up by a patrol on 22nd November 1823, with parts of Cox’s flesh in his pockets.  He led the authorities back to the place on the river where they found Cox’s mutilated body.  Pearce was tried and found guilty of Cox’s murder, and was hanged at the Hobart Town Gaol on 19 July 1824.

Convict Changes History

AaronRichard on 3rd July, 2015 made the following changes:

term: 99 years (prev. 7 years), date of birth: 1802 (prev. 0000), date of death: 22nd November, 1823 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

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