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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming, one of 200 convicts transported on the Sir William Bensley, 09 October 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Fleming
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Publican
Date of Death: 25th March, 1870
Age: 69 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a watch
Convicted at: Oxford Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sir William Bensley
Departure date: 9th October, 1816
Arrival date: 10th March, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts

References

Primary source: Find A Grave website. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 299 (151)
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

Anonymous on 8th June, 2011 wrote:

HE MARRIED ANNE JANE GRIGGS GRANDAUGHTER OF SARAH GRIGGS 2 FLEET CONVICT WHO ARRIVED ON THE SHIP ‘NEPTUNE ‘THE SHIP FROM HELL.THOMAS AGE 28YRS AND ANNE JUST 15 YRS AND HAD MANY CHILDREN.
ONE OF HIS CHILDREN WAS SARAH CHARLOTTE FLEMING WHO MARRIED MARS MORPHETT MILLER SECOND BORN SON OF HENRY ‘MONEY’ MILLER AND JANE MORPHETT,
HENRY WAS THE RICHES MAN IN VICTORIA FOR HIS TIME.
THOMAS FLEMING WAS BORN ABT; 1796 TRIED IN OXFORD 23 APRIL 1816 FOR STEALING A METAL WATCH TO THE VALUE 5/-. THE GOODS BELONGING TO JOHN VERNON. HE WAS SENTANCE TO 7 YRS TRANSPOTATION.ABOARD THE SIR WILLIAM BENSLEY AND WAS TRANSPOTED TO THE ELIZEBETH HENRIETTA 7TH APRIL 1817AGE 15YRS DESCRIBED AS BEING 5FT 9’ BROWN HAIR, HAZEL EYES.

GOT HIS TICKET OF LEAVE FEB 1824 RECIEVED HIS FREE TICKET 18 DEC 1825.
DIED 25 MARCH 1870 AGE 72 YRS.
ANN SURVIVED HIM BY TEN YEARS DYING 29 AUGUST 1880 AGE 70 YRS.
BOTH ARE BURIED IN A WESLEYAN METHODIST CEMETERY WELLINGTON ST OATLANDS TASMANIA.THATS ALL I KNOW FOR NOW.

Anonymous on 15th June, 2011 wrote:

THOMAS FLEMING WAS THE SON OF THOMAS FLEMING b abt;1750 WALINGTON ENGLAND and ELIZEBETH JOHNSON b abt; 1760 OXFORDSHIHIRE ENGLAND.
THOMAS WAS THE YOUNGEST AND THE ONLY SON ,HE HAD 2 SISTERS ANN b abt; 1797 and Pheby [ Phoebe ] b abt; 1799, Thomas was b abt; 1801 d abt; 1870,
He was only 15 when sentanced to 7 yrs Transportation in 1816 for stealing a watch.
THERE IS A PORTRAIT IN THE TASMANIAN ARCHIVES OF A CONVICT THOMAS FLEMING AT PORT ARTHUR PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN BUT POSSIBLY TAKEN BY A. H. BOYD OR T.J. NEVIN TAKEN FROM A GLASS NEGATIVE BUT NOT SURE IF IT IS THE SAME THOMAS FLEMING.
THOMAS m ANNE JANE GRIGGS COLLINS and they had 13 CHILDREN -6 DAUGHTERS AND 7 SONS.as follows,

SARAH CHARLOTTE,b Nov 1825, MARY ANN b July 1828, THOMAS b Oct 1830, JANE b Jan 1833, RICHARD b 24 June 1835 , ELIZEBETH b Oct 1839, GEORGE b Mar 1842,JAMES b June 1845, JOHN[DEC]1846,  CHARLES FRANCIS b MAR 1849,FANNY B JULY 1851, ANNE b July 1851-52, AND JOHN b Aug 1855.

Sid Fisher on 13th November, 2014 wrote:

Thomas Fleming per St Vincent was tried at the Supreme Court on 9 Sept 1867 for housebreaking and larceny, sentenced to seven years. He was born in Yorkshire , aged 38 yrs, 5 ft 6ins, black hair, Free in Servitude. Two moles on left cheek. He was discharged from the Hobart Gaol on 7 January 1874, and photographed on discharge by police photographer Thomas J. Nevin. There was no photographer by the name of A. H. Boyd in Tasmania: he was briefly a Commandant at the Port Arthur prison. He had nothing to do with these police mugshots.

Ian McDougall on 18th March, 2015 wrote:

my name is gay fleming
I was born in 1939 and I am claude Flemings daughter who was born in1907 and died in 1962.
He lived at the Shot Tower,TAROONA and later at BATTERY POINT.

Andrew Bonnitcha on 7th June, 2016 wrote:

Unfortunately, the Thomas Fleming photo at Port Arthur is not our Thomas. The photo was taken in 1874, after our Thomas had died.

Louise Reid on 7th January, 2021 wrote:

Some of the comments are incorrect. The only ones I accept as correct were Anonymous on 15th June, 2011 and Andrew Bonnitcha on 7th June, 2016. The two with bad comparisons are Anonymous on 8th June, 2011 who said that Thomas Fleming was born circa 1796, when he was born in 1801, and Sid Fisher on 13th November, 2014 who said that Thomas had been charged in 1867, which was after Thomas’ release many years earlier.

Louise Reid on 27th January, 2021 wrote:

Thomas’ mother had died in 1810 when he was 9 years old, and his father died in 1815 when he was only 14 years old. Possibly, with no parents any more, the watch he had stolen might have been either to get money for food or might have been to do with his grief. Getting a 7 years jail sentence was far too much, but for Thomas to get to Australia meant he could start a new future with a wife, children, and becoming a publican.

Nicole on 26th March, 2021 wrote:

Anonymous’s comment “HE MARRIED ANNE JANE GRIGGS GRANDAUGHTER OF SARAH GRIGGS 2 FLEET CONVICT WHO ARRIVED ON THE SHIP ‘NEPTUNE ‘THE SHIP FROM HELL”,is not quite correct. Ann Jane Griggs was the grand daughter of the convict Sarah Griggs of the ship Neptune, not daughter. Convict Sarah Griggs had a daughter named Sarah Griggs with Captain John Townson. Anne Jane Griggs Collins was born of Sarah Griggs Jr and Nathanial Collins.

Iris Dunne on 26th March, 2021 wrote:

Find A Grave Memorial ID No. 152509274, with Biography
Death: 25 March 1870
Burial: Weslyan Oatlands Cemetery
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/152509274/thomas-fleming

Convict Changes History

Andrew Bonnitcha on 13th November, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1801, date of death 25th March, 1870, occupation, crime

Iris Dunne on 27th January, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Iris Dunne on 26th March, 2021 made the following changes:

source: Find A Grave website. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 299 (151) (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 299 (151))

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