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Thomas Harnham

Thomas Harnham, one of 320 convicts transported on the Lord Lyndoch, 07 September 1840

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Harnham
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Ploughman/farm labourer
Date of Death: 1849
Age: 41 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Wilts. Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Lord Lyndoch
Departure date: 7th September, 1840
Arrival date: 5th February, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 321 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 222
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

Maureen Withey on 15th April, 2019 wrote:

Early on Sunday evening last, as Mr Whitmarsh, a dissenting minister of Amesbury, was returning from Wily to that place, he was stopped on the London road, at a spot near Grant’s barn, between Winterbourne Stoke and Stonehenge, by two men and a boy, who dragged him from his horse, and robbed him of his watch and about thirty shillings in silver.  Mr W. was met soon after by Mr Dyer, blacksmith of Winterbourne Stoke, who accompanied him to Amesbury, and gave prompt information of the robbery to Mr Smallbones, of the George Inn, who immediately dispatched men in various directions in search of the robbers, and we hear two men have been taken up on suspicion.  It is supposed that the men and boy who committed this robbery, are the same persons who had been seen the previous day encamped on the down with a cart and couple of horses.  The boy, it is said, has impeached his associates, and confessed they were the same parties who, a night or two previous, stole sheep from Mr Long’s fold, at Amesbury.  It is strongly suspected that these fellows form a section of the gang who robbed Mr Dean, of Imber, on his return from Devizes fair on Monday se’ennight.
Devizes Gazette, Thurs 31 Oct 1839

Salisbury Assizes
Charles Hillier and Thos.  Harnham were charged with having, together with one Henry Dyer (otherwise called Henry Rough, not in custody), feloniously assaulted and robbed Mr Wm. Whitmarsh, at Winterbourne Stoke.  The prisoners were also charged with having stolen sheep, the property of Frederick Tabor, South Newton.  William Whitmarsh was returning on Sunday the 7th of Oct., from Stapleford to Amesbury; he was a Wesleyan preacher; about twenty minutes to nine o’clock, he observed three men coming towards him; he was on a pony; one of them said Halloo! and took hold of the bridle; another took hold of his leg on the other side; the third pushed the pony towards the hedge; they each had a stick; from the men pushing and his leaning, the pony fell with him; they held him by the breast; put one hand over his mouth and the other his eyes; another then took from his pockets half-sovereign, a shilling and a key; his watch was fastened round his neck with a guard; the one took his hand from his eyes, and held his head to take the guard over; held his head, and Hillier his thigh; it was dark when he left Stapleford; the moon had not then risen; after they had his watch, they continued to search for other property; he told them they had taken all; they said the pony was gone on, and they left him, going towards Stoke.  The above testimony was supported by that of John Fidler, Stephen Witt, Wm. Leversuch, Charles Whitmarsh, and Jacob White; and the Judge having summed up, both prisoners were found guilty, and sentenced to fifteen years transportation.
Salisbury and Winchester Journal, Mon 16 Mar 1840

Charles Hilliar – transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the ship “Lord Lyndoch” (3), tried at Wilts Assizes 5 March 1840. Embarked 5 Sept 1840, arrived 5 Feb 1841.  Aged, 31, born in Dorset, he was a butcher by trade, married,  his wife’s name was Mary, with 2 children.
Source - Tasmanian records

Maureen Withey on 15th April, 2019 wrote:

Thos. Harnham was also transported on the same ship. He was married, with 2 children, his wife Sarah lived in Salisbury. He gave his native place as Bradford.
Source - Tasmanian records

Convict Changes History

Leonie Dolley on 13th July, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1808, date of death 1849, gender, occupation, crime

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