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Thomas Drewery

Thomas Drewery, one of 249 convicts transported on the Joseph Somes, 02 June 1847

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Drewery
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1821
Occupation: Chemist and druggist
Date of Death: 1859
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: Yorkshire, Wakefield Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Joseph Somes
Departure date: 2nd June, 1847
Arrival date: 24th September, 1847
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip
Passenger manifest Travelled with 250 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/15, Page Number 192
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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Community Contributions

Dorothy Small on 21st December, 2011 wrote:

Thomas Drewry was also a Publican at the Drewry Family Hotel in Fitzroy

Margaret (nee Webster) on 4th February, 2012 wrote:

Thomas Drewery was officially pardoned of this offence in January 1848 following the confession by the convict John Webster (my great-grandfather), convicted of another crime practically exactly the same and transported to VDL on the Palmyra in 1846. He confessed to the crime as soon as he heard that Thomas Drewery had been convicted and transported for the offence. Both the Leeds Mercury and the Hull Packet contain articles in 1847 and 1848 concerning the affair, which can be found online via the Gale newspaper site.

Peter Macinnis on 8th October, 2012 wrote:

Thomas Drewery was later found to have been innocent and was granted a full pardon.  Offered a passage to England, he declined, saying he could do better here, asking that the money, £40, be put to sending out his wife and family. He is probably the druggist who traded at 109 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, and likely to be the Thomas Drewery who was declared elected to the Melbourne Corporation in December 1851.

Dorothy Small on 6th January, 2013 wrote:

The Hull Packet newspaper printed an article ‘Thomas Drewery’s case’ on 10 December 1847. In the article is a summary of events including a letter from the Tasmanian convict John Webster-who confessed to the stealing for which Drewery had been transported.

Susan Roelofs on 15th August, 2013 wrote:

He may have been the brother to my great great great great grandfather Mathew drewery, can anyone confirm this, born in Hull UK around1798.
susan roelofs hull uk

Dorothy Small on 20th August, 2013 wrote:

Thomas Drewery 1821-1859 - his parents were Thomas Drewery Snr and Maria Briggs. Thomas Drewery Snr was baptised with his brother Matthew 12 October 1812 their parents were Richard Wilkin Drewery and Mary Hardistead they married in Hull 31 December 1789

Graham Hill on 19th February, 2019 wrote:

Thomas Drewery gave his name to three small streets in the centre of Melbourne, close to Melbourne Central - Drewery Lane, Drewery Place and Drewery Alley. My wife is Susan Hill who is related to Thomas Drewery 5 generations later, and not in direct line. But by coincidence, we now live in Melbourne, and have researched Thomas Drewery’s history through a family member in Yorkshire - Paul Drewery, who has all the recent research. This case of Thomas Drewery was instrumental in changing English Law, whereby if new evidence is presented, a case can be reopened! If it weren’t for the confession of Webster, and the persistence of local MPs in England, at that time, Thomas Drewery would have surely suffered a completely different fate?

Convict Changes History

Dorothy Small on 21st December, 2011 made the following changes:

date of death 1859-00-00, gender m

Dorothy Small on 20th August, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1821, crime

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