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Thomas Crawley

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Crawley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 6th January, 1879
Age: 78 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 7 years

Crime: Theft~grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
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 210
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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D Wong on 3rd March, 2018 wrote:

Old Bailey:
JOHN WILLIAMS, JOHN MILLER, THOMAS CRAWLEY, Theft > grand larceny, 21st April 1819.
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty; Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
JOHN WILLIAMS, JOHN MILLER, and THOMAS CRAWLEY were indicted for stealing, on the 18th of March, one handkerchief, value 4 s., the goods of Elizabeth Hayman, widow .

HANNAH FIELD. I am shopwoman to Elizabeth Hayman, who is a widow, and keeps a clothes shop in Tabernacle-walk. One of the prisoners came into the shop, I do not know which, and asked if I sold tape? I said No. He went out, and I missed the handkerchief in a few minutes.

GEORGE CHAMBERS. I am a type-founder. On the 10th of March I was going along Tabernacle-walk, and saw the three prisoners together in company - they walked very slow. I passed them, and heard Miller say, “there is one in the window.” I watched, and saw them go to the prosecutor’s shop, and look in, they then passed - Williams came back, went into the shop, and stopped there two minutes; I saw him come out with the silk handkerchief in his hand, he ran off down a street, I ran round another street to meet him, through a court - immediately as I got into the court, the other two prisoners ran against me. I followed them up Paul-street into Clifton-street, and saw them looking into a corn-chandler’s window; I passed them, and went into a shop to watch them. I saw Crawley doing something to his breeches - they then passed the corn-chandler’s three times, one went in and the other two followed. I went in, and found nobody in the shop but a little girl - I shut them all in together - they wanted to get out, but I would not let them. In a few minutes I sent for a constable, who took them. They were searched, and the handkerchief found in Crawley’s breeches - he had joined them in Clifton-street.

FRANCIS BARTON. I am an officer. I searched Crawley, and found the handkerchief in his breeches.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

CRAWLEY’S Defence. I bought it of a Jew.


Transported for Seven Years.

Thomas Crawley was 18 years old on arrival in VDL - he was born in London.

Thomas was 5’4½” tall, brown hair, grey eyes.

29/4/1826 (newspaper date): COF

14/9/1836: Permission to marry Sarah Attfield (Edward 1834) - Thomas was free, Sarah still a convict.

7/11/1836: Married at George Town, Launceston -
ELIZABETH 1838-1926

May 1839: Was a shoemaker at George Town.

6/1/1879: Thomas died aged 77, of old age and natural decay, at Deloraine, Tas.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 3rd March, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 6th January, 1879 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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