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Thomas Gibbons, one of 220 convicts transported on the Lord Eldon, April 1817
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 61 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
30th September, 1817
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 219 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 330
||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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Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 23 March 2020), December 1816, trial of THOMAS GIBBONS (t18161204-43).
THOMAS GIBBONS, Theft > burglary, 4th December 1816.
46. THOMAS GIBBONS was indicted for, that he about five o’clock, on the night of the 14th of November , being in the dwelling-house of Ann Whales , feloniously did steal therein, two sheets, value 12s.; two blankets, value 14s.; one counterpane, value 7s.; one looking-glass, value 4s.; and one napkin, value 6d. the property of the said Ann Whales, the same goods, being in a lodging-room in the said house, let by contract by the said Ann Whales to the prisoner, to be used with the lodging; and having committed the said robbery about the hour of five o’clock, in the night burglariously did break, and get out of the said house, against the statute .
ANN WHALES. I live in White’s-alley, Chancery-lane . I am a single woman , and let lodgings. The prisoner took a furnished lodging of me on the 14th of November, at 7s. per week. He came between eight and nine o’clock in the evening, and slept there. I got up between six and seven o’clock the next morning; he was then gone; it was hardly day-light; the articles mentioned in the indictment were gone; they were let to him with the lodging (produced and sworn to); the sheets were not quite finished. I was the last person up at night, and fastened the door. The windows were safe in the morning. I am sure the prisoner is the man; he called four or five times before he took the room. He said he had just come from the country, and referred me to a public-house. They could not say much about him; I took him more from his saying that he was a printer at the Star-office. I have since learned that it is false.
Prisoner. Can you swear to the blankets-A. I can; the sheets have my own mark in them. When I awoke it was dark; if he had gone down after I awoke I must have heard him.
JANE SHIELDS. I lodge at the last witness’s house, in the next room to that where the prisoner lodged. I heard him moving about, as though he was getting up, about five o’clock in the morning. I did not go to sleep again; I did not hear him go down stairs. As I was going out of my own room I observed his door open, I looked in and found the things gone, and I told Miss Whales of it. The street door was wide open. I am sure the prisoner is the man. I put the things on the bed the night before. There were two other lodgers in the house.
PATRICK CROWLEY. I am a watchman; I stopped the prisoner at a little after six o’clock in the morning, at the corner of Drake-street, Drury-lane; he was running from High Holborn; he had a bundle under his arm; he got off the pavement to pass me; I asked him what he had got; he said clothes, and that he brought them from Whitechapel Church; he said they belonged to his father. I took him into custody; he offered me half of them to let him go; we searched him at the watch-house, and found the sheets round his body.
SAMUEL ROBERTS . I am the watch-house-keeper; I have had the things in my possession ever since.
Prisoner to SHIELDS. What time did I take the lodgings - A. On Wednesday night, and you was taken on Thursday morning.
CROWLEY. It was not quite light; it might be twenty minutes past six o’clock.
Prisoner’s Defence. I gave 30s. for the things; I was just by Drury-lane and Crowley stopped me, and asked what I had got. He took me down a bye place, and asked for something to drink. I said I had no money, and he took me into custody.
GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 22.
First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Richards .
Convict Changes History
Ron Garbutt on 23rd March, 2020 made the following changes:
gender: m, crime