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Thomas French, one of 190 convicts transported on the Asia, 01 April 1822
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
||21st August, 1877
life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
1st April, 1822
24th July, 1822
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 189 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/4, Page Number 149 (76)
||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 22nd July, 2019 wrote:
24th October 1821
THOMAS FRENCH was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Ann Sitzler, widow , at St. Luke, about four o’clock in the afternoon of the 17th of October ( Ann Speight and others being therein), and stealing one shawl, value 6 s., her property.
ANN SPEIGHT. I am the daughter of Mrs. Ann Sitzler who lives at No. 14, Noble-street, Goswell-street, St. Luke’s; she keeps the house; I and my husband live on the second floor, he is a chinaman. On the 17th of October I was sitting at work on the second floor, and heard the latch of my mother’s parlour door lifted up. I listened, and heard it a second time, and a noise like a door being burst open. I immediately went down stairs, and found the street door open, which I had latched about half an hour before, and on turning round I found the parlour door open; I shut the street door, and pushed the parlour door quite open, it was a-jar; I found the prisoner at the top drawer of the bureau, with his hand in it; he turned round, and put on his hat. I asked what he wanted - he made no answer, but attempted to push me away, to get out; I held him by the arm, and called Faulkner, the lodger, who detained him till I went for my mother, who was out; on coming home she examined her drawers, in the prisoner’s presence, and missed a shawl from the top drawer - he immediately said it was not out of the house; Faulkner asked him where it was - he pulled off his hat, and tried to throw the shawl out, Faulkner told him to keep it in till the officer came, and when he came he took it out of his hat.
ANN SITZLER. I am the last witness’s mother. I was out. I came home and found my shawl in the prisoner’s hat - it was quite new, and cost me 6 s.; the parlour door had been burst open; I had locked it. The screw was forced out of the ketch.
JOHN FAULKNER. I lodge in the house, on the first floor, and work in the kitchen. I came up stairs - the witnesses account is correct. A key was found on the prisoner, it belonged to the door of my room, my wife had left it in the door.
SAMUEL SAUNDERS. I am a constable. I took the key from the prisoner’s left hand waistcoat pocket. I found the shawl in his hat, and two keys in his coat pocket, one of them has the wards filed out. The lock of the door was forced, the screws were forced out.
GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 17.
1836: TOL Pennant Hills.
Convict Changes History
Maree Solomons on 22nd July, 2019 made the following changes:
date of death: 21st August, 1877 (prev. 0000)
D Wong on 22nd July, 2019 made the following changes:
date of birth: 1804 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime