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Thomas Dunn

Thomas Dunn, one of 298 convicts transported on the Hilsborough [Hillsborough], October 1798

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Dunn
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1776
Occupation: Constable
Date of Death: 6th April, 1832
Age: 56 years

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 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Hilsborough
Departure date: October, 1798
Arrival date: 26th July, 1799
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 248. Australian Cemeteries Index. Trove.
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

Andrea on 28th March, 2012 wrote:

Thomas on 24th Sep 1796, whilst working for a brewer(Richard Pearce) in London, stole coins to the value of three pounds five shillings and one pence. He was tried before a Mr Baron Hotham on 28th Oct 1796 and sentenced to seven years transportation. Firstly he was held in Tothill Fields Gaol, Bridewell then Newgate prison and on 27 Mar 1797/8 was transferred to the hulk Lafortuna & Ceres in Langston harbour. On 24 Nov 1798 he was brought from there to the transport ship "Hillsborough" bound for the penal colony of New South Wales.
He obtained his Certificate of Freedom on 10 Nov 1810,
28th Dec 1810 Thomas was appointed a police constable in Sydney and rose to the position of Chief Constable in the Sydney Establishment on the 21 Oct 1820.
Married Rose BEAN and had at least 8 children.

Iris Dunne on 8th May, 2018 wrote:

Death: 6 April 1832, age 56, BDM Death Reg.No.V18321629 16/1832, Cemetery: Devonshire Street, Portion: C/E, Row: 419, Plot: G-Altar, Wife: Rose Ellen Maria Dunn nee Bean d.5 April 1835, aged 46. Other Info. “late of Castlereagh Street, many years Chief Constable of Sydney, which situation he fullfilled with credit, Name of the deceased: DUNN, Thomas; Died: 06/04/1832; Religion: Church of England; Transferred to La Perouse CE, Section: 2S, Plot: 40; Applicant”
Father: Edmund, Mother: Bridget

The Sydney Monitor, Sat 7 April 1832, Page 3, Family Notices, Death, At his residence, in Castlereagh Street, on Friday evening last, Mr. Thomas Dunn, an old and respected inhabitant. Mr Dunn filled the situation of Chief Constable for 17 years, with credit to himself and satisfaction to his superiors.

The Sydney Herald, Mon 9 April 1832, Page 4, Family Notices, Died, On Friday last, at his residence, Castlereagh street, after a protracted illness, Mr. Thomas Dunn, formerly Chief Constable of Sydney.

Tony Gray on 2nd October, 2019 wrote:

Many Years Chief Constable of Sydney

Russell Armstrong on 15th February, 2020 wrote:

I believe with some confidence that Thomas Dunn’s wife was only ever known as Rose (nee Bean), and that Rose Ellen Maria Dunn is not his wife but rather their daughter, b. 7 May 1821.

Convict Changes History

Andrea on 28th March, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1776-00-00, gender m

Iris Dunne on 8th May, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 248. Australian Cemeteries Index. Trove. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 248), d

Tony Gray on 2nd October, 2019 made the following changes:


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