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Thomas Ensor

Thomas Ensor, one of 160 convicts transported on the Thames, 27 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Ensor
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 10th November, 1852
Age: 40 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Poaching
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Thames
Departure date: 27th July, 1829
Arrival date: 21st November, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 135 (70)
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 9th September, 2014 wrote:

Thomas Endsor/Ensor was transported for Poaching with intent to kill.

Thomas was 5’4 ½” tall, dark complexion, black hair and whiskers, hazel eyes, inside left arm scarified from a burn.

3/2/1835 Colonial Times, Hobart:
Thomas Ensor charged with stealing a sheep,
the property of Michael Steel. Guilty ,. ’ sentence deferred.

The following sentences were then passed :Thomas Ensor, death recorded.
16/3/1835: At Port Arthur.

21/1/1840: At Bothwell
17/11/1843: TOL
20/1/1849: COF
9/6/1847: At Bothwell

8/11/1847: Married Mary Turner (Henry & Elizabeth) – they had 1 son Will Thomas or Thomas born 31/5/1848.

23/5/1852: Passenger Launceston to Melbourne per ‘Halcyon’

10/11/1852 The Courier, Hobart – Shipping News:
One passenger died on board the Olinda on herpassage from Melbourne to this port; name.
Thomas Ensor. Cause of death-old age and infirmity.

Maureen Withey on 2nd April, 2021 wrote:

Trial of the Poachers for Shooting at Lord Denbigh’s Gamekeeper. At nine o’clock this morning, Mr. Justice Burrough came into court, Thomas Ensor, Thomas Perkins, Thomas Clewes, Joseph Gilbert, Wm. I.iggins, Richard Rally, Ambrose Parker alias Horton, William Strong, John Strong, D. Hilton, Joseph Goldby James Bird, John Earps, Wm. Smith, Whittall, John Neale, and Jonathan Whattall, were arraigned for shooting at John Slinn, head gamekeeper to the Earl of Denbigh.  The Common Sergeant, Mr. Reader, and Mr. Clinton were for the prosecution ; Messrs. Clarke Hill, and Pennington were for some of the prisoners. Mr. Denman stated the particulars to the Jury, in a very able recapitulation of the principal facts of the case.  John Slinn, the keeper, was the first witness examined. He stated that he was called up in the night of the tOth of December. about one o’clock, and he went with others to the shrubbery, close to Lord Denbigh’s house. He described the whole of the transactions up to the time when he was shot, (the particulars of which were given in this paper.) Several other witnesses for the prosecution were examined, which lasted till late in the afternoon. The counsel for the prisoners took exceptions against the indictment, and were heard at length in support of those exceptions. The Common Sergeant and the Counsel for the prosecution, supported the indictment. The Learned Judge overruled the objections raised on the part of the prisoners; and after stating to the Jury the law upon the case,  as contained in the late statute, began to sum up the evidence to the Jury. Before his Lordship had proceeded far in reading over the evidence , the Foreman observed to him, that the Jury did not think it necessary to trouble him any further, as they
perfectly recollected the whole of what had been said by the different witnesses. After a few more observations his Lordship left the case with the Jury. They consulted for some time, and then returned, by their Foreman, a verdict of Thomas Ensor, Guilty of shooting with intent to kill ; and a verdict of Guilty of aiding and abetting, against all the other prisoners ; but they begged leave to recommend the latter to the mercy of the Court, in consequence of their good character, and they hoped the Court would also take into its consideration the youth of some of the prisoners, and also the different degrees of guilt which had been proved against them. His Lordship observed, they had, by their verdict, relieved his mind from a great load of anxious responsibility, and assured them their merciful recommendation should be attended to.  His Lordship rose and addressed the prisoners Young men, I bare a confident hope In assuring you that your lives will be saved. But these must be put a stop to; and if the merciful sentences that will be posed upon you have not their salutary effect some very severe examples must be made, to prevent such lawless assemblages, and such flagrant outrages of the public peace in future The Court was excessively crowded all the day. The trial lasted till six o’clock in the evening. Sentence not passed.
Leicester Herald, 15 April 1829.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 9th September, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), date of death: 10th November, 1852 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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