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Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis, one of 200 convicts transported on the Fortune, November 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Davis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 17th February, 1827
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: House breaking
Convicted at: Southampton Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Fortune
Departure date: November, 1812
Arrival date: 11th June, 1813
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 88
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 8th February, 2020 wrote:

Thomas Davis died at Moreton Bay penal settlement.

Moreton Bay record:
Thomas Davis – Fortune 2. - Tried at Southampton Ass., 2 Mar 1812, 7 years, trade- slater. Colonial sentence: Crim. Court Sydney, 18 Feb 1825, transportation for Life. Died 17 Feb 1827.

Thomas Davis, charged stealing from the dwelling house David Miles, at Bentley, four silver table spoons, and other silver articles, his property.
Hampshire Chronicle, 2 Mar 1812.

Thomas Davis for breaking open the dwelling-house of David Miles, at the Red Lion, Bentley Green.— Guilty—Death.
Oxford University and City Herald, 14 March 1812.

Thomas’ Colonial Conviction:
FEBRUARY 9.—The Bench were occupied nearly the whole of the day in receiving depositions in evidence in the case of case of Mr. Josephson’s robbery, so far as the same applied to the parties accused and in custody. John Griffiths, free, in whose possession some of the articles stolen were found, was allowed, under the necessary restrictions and cautions, to give testimony in the character of an approver for the crown, and gave a very circumstantial and apparently consistent detail of the transactions anterior and subsequent to the robbery, in most of which statements he was confirmed by the evidence of another party. The result of the investigation was, that Thomas Davis, then before the Bench, should be fully committed for trial, as the principal felon in the burglary and felony ; that T. H. Hart should stand committed for having received the stolen property, knowing it to be such ; and that John Nightingale should also be committed for trial, as an accessory after the fact, in aiding and assisting the principal felon to dispose of the property so feloniously stolen.
Sydney Gazette, 17 Feb 1825.

A long account with more details of the trial and the burglary in Sydney Gazette, 17 Mar 1825.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 8th February, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 17th February, 1827 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Maureen Withey on 8th February, 2020 made the following changes:


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