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Thomas Godwin

Thomas Godwin, one of 200 convicts transported on the Bussorah Merchant, 01 October 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Godwin
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Tailor's boy
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 Life

Crime: Theft~housebreaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Bussorah Merchant
Departure date: 1st October, 1829
Arrival date: 18th January, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 210
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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Maureen Withey on 13th November, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 13 November 2019), June 1825, trial of WILLIAM FIELD THOMAS GODWIN (t18250630-6).

WILLIAM FIELD, THOMAS GODWIN, Theft > housebreaking, 30th June 1825.

Before Mr. Baron Garrow.

1056. WILLIAM FIELD and THOMAS GODWIN were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Hannah Doublet , widow , about eight o’clock in the afternoon of the 18th of June , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch (the said Hannah Doublet and others therein being), and stealing therein three pairs of spectacles, value 15 s., and an eye-glass, value 3 s. , her property.

HANNAH DOUBLET. I am a widow, and live at No. 47, Paul-street, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch ; I sell spectacles and glasses. On Saturday, the 18th of June, at eight o’clock, I was at home - I had been in the shop a quarter of an hour before; a neighbour alarmed me - I went to my shop window, which was sound a quarter of an hour before; I found the glass broken in, and property gone. I found the prisoners in custody, and saw a pair of spectacles found on Godwin, by one Bunning, who gave them to me, in his presence, and said, in his hearing, that he had found them under his jacket. Taylor, the officer, came. The property was within reach when the glass was broken.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

MARGARET HARRISON . I live nearly opposite to Mrs. Doublet. On the 18th of June, about eight o’clock, I observed the prisoners standing at her window; Field’s hand was through the window - he seemed to take something out, and gave it to Godwin; he did the same again, and then they turned away from the window; I called my brother, who crossed the road and secured them. Nobody else was near.

SAMUEL TAYLOR . I am an officer. I took the prisoners into custody at the prosecutrix’s house - she gave me the spectacles. The pane of glass was broken, and some of it laid inside.



Strongly recommended to Mercy, on account of their youth .

D Wong on 14th November, 2019 wrote:

Thomas Godwin was listed as 16 years old on arrival in VDL.

30 Jun 1825: tried at CCC and sentenced to death - mercy was recommended “because of their youth”.

14 Aug 1825: received on convict Hulk “Justitia”; transferred to convict hulk “Bellerophon” then “Eurayalus”

23 Sep 1829: dispatched from convict Hulk “Eurayalus” to “Bussorah Merchant” for VDL.

Thomas was 4’9½” tall, dark complexion, black hair, dark hazel eyes, F.G. G.G. M.G. J.G. & T.G. inside left Arm ring pricked mid finger left hand.

Father: Thomas Godwin, a Brush maker.  N.P. Golden Lane, London.

1830-1835 Musters: Assigned to Mr. Armitage.

10/5/1838: TOL
20/10/1841: CP

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 13th November, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 14th November, 2019 made the following changes:


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