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Thomas Evans

Thomas Evans, one of 200 convicts transported on the Surrey, 13 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Evans
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: Plasterer and tiler
Date of Death: 1875
Age: 63 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Surrey or Surry
Departure date: 13th July, 1829
Arrival date: 14th December, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts

References

Primary source: https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fNAME_INDEXES$002f0$002fNAME_INDEXES:1390890/one
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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Tracey Asteroid on 22nd April, 2016 wrote:

Stealing a pair of shoes

Tracey Asteroid on 22nd April, 2016 wrote:

Occupation:Plasterers Boy

Through a process of elimination, this is assumed to be the Thomas Evans that died in 1875 in Coonamble, NSW.
His death certificate (NSW 5772/1875 registered in Coonabarrabran) has no parents listed.
He is listed as father (with mother Johanna on the following certificates:
James (1837-1911) DC 9777/1911 Coonamble
Thomas (1838-1885) DC 12556/1885 Coonamble
John (1839-1883) DC 11688/1884 Coonamble
Matthew Walter (1841-1912) DC 11514/1912 Mudgee
William (1846-1926) BC 41728/1846 Vic; DC 14498/1926 Coonamble
Robert (1855-1934) DC 10749/1934 Coonamble
Have so far been unable to find the birth certificates of most of the children (assumed to be born in Tasmania) or marriage certificate for Thomas Evans and Johanna.

trish connelly on 15th July, 2016 wrote:

I would be happy to contribute more information on Thomas if you could supply me with the source relating to his death.  This would verify that this is my Thomas!

Nell Murphy on 16th July, 2016 wrote:

n.b. There are two Thomas Evans on this voyage of the Surrey 1829. This Thomas is ‘Identifier 1’.
Thomas Evans convicted at Middlesex, London 23 Oct 1828 for
Transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) per the ‘Surrey’ 1829.

Single man; aged 17yrs; plasterer’s boy; 5’2 1/4”.
Native place: Soho, London, England.
(Indent ref. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON23-1-1 pg 212-242.)Birth date ref is from Indent record.

Clear Conduct Record in Colony.
Pardon granted. Last date on record is 1842.

There are several deaths and also departures, but very difficult to pin point which one, as the ship to Colony is not stated.

trish connelly on 12th September, 2016 wrote:

I have the Death Certificate of Thomas Evans who died in 1875 in Coonamble and no parents, spouse or children are listed on it.  The family appear to have settled in the district from as early as 1869.
To your knowledge was it common for informants of a convicts death not to state these details so that his/her past could not be traced.
By a process of elimination I feel convinced the family appear in the Van Diemans Land 1843 & 1844 Census.
It appears Thomas & family moved on to Melbourne as William was born here in December 1847. In 1859 the family live in Deniliquin.
I sourced Goulburn Gaol Records of a Thomas Evans, sawyer of Deniliquin which states the ship he arrived on was the Surrey 1829. His age given was 30yrs -an obvious mistake.
I was pretty deflated as the description records stated he had no marks whereas this Thomas is stated in the Transportation records as having a tattoo.
So after 30 years of research I am still only assuming he is our Thomas & that he is the Thomas who died in Coonamble in 1875.
I will send more accurate source details soon as I am on holidays & currently cannot access the information.
Thank you for your efforts, it is much appreciated. Especially for noting his death records as an assumption as I have seen this on other records as being a fact. Cheers Trish

trish connelly on 12th September, 2016 wrote:

Correction - Census Records for Van Diemans Land 1842 & 1843.

Nell Murphy on 14th September, 2016 wrote:

Court details: Theft. Simple Larceny. 23 Oct 1828 (ref. Old Bailey Online https://www.oldbaileyonline.org
Unfortunately it does not give any details on his family, but the district he was in - St. Martin’s Court, London - may be helpful if looking up records in the UK. His age is also stated - 16yrs.

Convict Changes History

Tracey Asteroid on 22nd April, 2016 made the following changes:

source: https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fNAME_INDEXES$002f0$002fNAME_INDEXES:1390890/one (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 118

Tracey Asteroid on 22nd April, 2016 made the following changes:

source: https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fNAME_INDEXES$002f0$002fNAME_INDEXES:1390890/one (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 118

Nell Murphy on 16th July, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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