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Thomas Gleeson

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Gleeson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Ploughman/farm labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Attempted murder
Convicted at: Ireland. Tipperary
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Kinnear
Departure date: 10th July, 1842
Arrival date: 23rd October, 1842
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Tasmanian Records
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Maureen Withey on 21st January, 2022 wrote:

Kinnear Indent: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON14-1-17$init=CON14-1-17P28 and https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON14-1-17$init=CON14-1-17P29

6728. Thomas Gleeson, Tried at Tipperary, 28 June 1842, Life, Age 25, height 5ft 4 ¼, catholic, can neither read nor write, single. Offence: Firing a shot at Patrick Gleeson. Once for murder of Kennedy John – 9 months on suspicion 7 discharged – the murder was not discovered, once for fire arms- discharged. Surgeon’s report: Good. Trade, Ploughman and F. Labourer. Native place, Tipperary. Remarks: F, Thomas at Lathery. 3 B, Michael, Patrick, Owen, at N.P. 2 S, Mary, Johanna.

Conduct Record: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON33-1-28$init=CON33-1-28p70

Maureen Withey on 21st January, 2022 wrote:

Thomas Gleeson was tried at the Special Commission at Clonmel.

SHOOTING WITH INTENT TO KILL. Thomas Stapleton and Thomas Gleeson were placed at the bar,  charged with having on the 27th of April fired a loaded gun at Patrick Gleeson, and thereby indicting upon him grievous bodily harm. Patrick Gleeson examined—He lived Lissatunny, on the estate of Mr. Stafford O’Brien, and was his tenant; he held, before a change was made in the tenants’ lands, ten acres and a-half, and got about one or two acres by the change, which were held by two men named Martin Nowlan and James Gleeson; he (the witness) lost about five acres and a half by the change made; on the 27th of April he was coming from his land by a grove of trees about seven in the evening, when be met three men, one of whom had a gun, another a pistol, and the third a stick; they placed the witness on his knees to shoot him, and when he asked what he did, that they should do so, they replied for tilling Nolan’s land; Thomas Stapleton had a pistol, and snapt it at the witness twice behind his back while on his knees ; Gleeson had a gun and handed it to Stapleton, who fired it from behind within a few feet of him and broke his arm ; his clothes were burned in consequence of the men being near him when the shot was fired ; they were about eight feet from him when he first saw them, and after the shot took effect in his elbow, the parties went away. Stapleton was first brought that he might identify him, and he was that day very ill in his bed. Are you positive those two men are the persons who attacked you that evening “I am quite certain of it. Cross-examined by Mr. but nothing of any importance was elicited.  Doctor Dempster deposed to the injuries which the previous witness had sustained to his arm, and also that (the doctor) was present when he identified the prisoners at the bar. ..

SENTENCE OF THE PRISONERS, The Chief Justice then said—John Pound Michael Hayes, Cornelius Flynn, Patrick Dwyer, Thomas Stapleton, and Thomas Gleeson, it my painful duty—a duty which I unwillingly perform, but which I look upon matter of absolute necessity—to pronounce upon you severally and respectively the punishment which the law’s and the court award against you severally for the crimes of which you have been respectively convicted. They are crimes, one and all of them, of no ordinary enormity; they are crimes, for which in point of moral guilt you, one and all, and respectively, have brought upon yourself—the atrocious crime of murder. It has pleased God to spare your souls from the pollution of that offence ; but I cannot shut my eyes, nor can any person who has heard and considered your respective trials, have a doubt left upon their minds that though death has not ensued as a consequence upon the commission of the crimes of which you have been guilty, it had been through the mercy of God, not owing to your own forbearance, that that dreadful crime not visited upon you all. What country (said his lordship, in conclusion) do we live in that such crimes as those committed in the open light of day? You don’t even find it a matter that required, in the perpetration of your deeds of darkness, that they should be shrouded in the clouds of night. You perpetrate deeds, whose darkness in themselves you consider to be quite sufficient for your protection. How long do you think that the country can submit to the continuation such crimes, executed in such a manner, and such numbers and, I may say, without reason of any kind? There has not been at this special commission as well I now recollect, a single crime, however enormous, for which a shadow of pretence or provocation could legitimately assigned. 1 am not aware that any single instance there has been a shadow of proof, or an attempt at a statement, that the crime which you have been induced to commit has has been the consequence of the poverty of your circumstances, or the operation of distress. I don’t mean to say taut any such circumstances could be any justification whatever, though it might, perhaps, be in a compassionate mind some little palliation and excuse for your guilt; but there is not a single case of man brought here tor trial on whose behalf a suggestion of that kind has been attempted. Nor does it appear that one of the various criminals that have been tried and convicted at this commission have any of them been in such a state, that it could be suggested with truth that their offence was attributable to want and to distress. I have now done—it is late; but besides that, the public, I do hope, are now aware of the various occasions in which the actual state of the country has been laid before them from the bar and the benefit, that there can no mistake now existing as to what the public duty is. I will say, therefore no more about it; we had ample evidence, by the manner in which the jury here have done impartial justice, that when called for by a clear demonstration of guilt, there will be no want of energy or vigour on the part on the part of the gentry, of the yeomen, of the well disposed of all classes in this country, to join together and put it down by force, if necessary, acting always under the guidance and direction of those laws, which, with the blessing of God, will never be defeated by lawless attempts, by outrage, or by violence. I have now done, except to pronounce upon you, respectively, the sentence which the court pronounces—which the law pronounces as the proper consequences of the conviction for those crimes of which you have been severally tried and convicted by a jury of your countrymen. You, Michael Hayes, you, John Pound, you, Cornelius Flinn, you, Patrick Dwyer, you, Thomas Stapleton, and you, Thomas Gleeson, are severally and respectively sentenced by the court to transported for the term of your respective natural lives. The commission then terminated.
Weekly Freeman’s Journal, 9 July 1842.

TIPPERARY SPECIAL COMMISSION. On Tuesday evening six convicts, sentenced at this commission to transportation, arrived at Kingstown, and were put board the transport ship the Kinneir, at present lying in that harbour. The unfortunate men were conveyed Clonmel in caravan, and were guarded by six country policemen. There was an order for lodging them in Kilmainham gaol previous to embarkation, hut it appeared that that was countermanded, and they were taken direct to the vessel.
Weekly Freeman’s Journal, 9 July 1842.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 21st January, 2022 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years, voyage, source: Tasmanian Records (prev. ), firstname: Thomas, surname: Gleeson, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1817, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Maureen Withey on 21st January, 2022 made the following changes:


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