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Thomas Hart, one of 219 convicts transported on the Ocean, August 1815
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 54 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
30th January, 1816
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales
Travelled with 220 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 237 (120)
||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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Anonymous on 7th August, 2012 wrote:
Thomas Hart married Frances Shannon convict, who arrived in 1816 on "Mary Anne" in Sydney January 1817.
Maureen Withey on 10th July, 2020 wrote:
1828 Census Index. https://www.paperturn-view.com/nsw-state-archives/1828-census-3-of-6-nrs1272-sz-980?pid=NDM43341&p=133&v=1.1
Thomas Hy. Hart. Age 36. A.P. Ocean 1, 1816, Life, protestant, market trader, resident at Pitt Street, Sydney. Total acres: 1856, 4 horses, 200 horned cattle.
Francis, age 28, C.P. Per Mary Ann, 1816, 14 years,
William, age 12, born in colony.
Thos. Henry, jun. age 9, B.C.
Charles, age 7, B.C.
Fra. jun. age 5
Mary Ann, age 3.
Colonial Secretary Index.
HART, Thomas Henry. Per “Ocean”, 1816
1816 Dec 12,13 - Re permission to marry at Sydney (Reel 6005; 4/3495 p.366)
1820 Jul 11 - Asking repairs to market tolls recently purchased (Reel 6049; 4/1744 pp.400-1)
1821 Jun 26 - Permitted to procure cedar from Illawarra district (Reel 6008; 4/3504 p.117)
1821 Aug 3; 1822 Jun 2, Oct 30 - Money owed to him by William Prestnell (Reel 6055; 4/1762 p.30)
1822 - Testifying to character of Henry Smyth for ticket of leave (Fiche 3226; 4/1867 p.97)
1822 Feb-1824 Aug 13 - Of Pitt Street. On list of persons receiving an assigned convict (Fiche 3290, 4/4570D pp.24, 41, 51, 67, 72, 73, 77, 82, 86, 87; Fiche 3291, 4/4570D p.116)
1822 Feb 25-Mar 27 - Sarah Porter convicted by Court of Criminal Jurisdiction of stealing from Hart (Reel 6023; X820 p.35b)
1822 Aug 12 - Petition of William Taverner to be assigned to Hart (Fiche 3228; 4/1868 p.8)
1822 Mar 31 - On lists of persons to whom convict mechanics have been assigned (Fiche 3296; X53 pp.4, 17, 29, 44, 59)
1822 Jun 2 - Testifying to character of Hans Pebbles for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3224; 4/1867 p.9)
1822 Jun 10 - Purchased lime, the property of Government, from John Dunn (Reel 6055; 4/1760 p.116)
1823 - Memorial (Fiche 3065; 4/1834B No.127A pp.781-4)
1823 Mar 4-1824 Dec 31 - Paid from the Colonial Fund (Reel 6039; 4/424 pp.150, 174, 318, 441)
1823 Sep 22-Oct 15 - John Glasside tried by Court of Criminal Jurisdiction for obtaining goods from Hart by counterfeit orders (Reel 6023; X820 p.105)
1824 - Listed in the Colonial Revenue Account (Reel 6059; 4/1774 pp.33a, 33b)
1825 Jan 12-May 28 - Convicted of receiving jewels. On return of prisoners convicted and sentenced by the Supreme Court (Fiche 3298; X730 p.5)
1825 Mar 15 - To be transported for 14 years. On return of prisoners tried before the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Fiche 3298; X727 p.7)
1825 Aug - Memorial of his wife Frances (Fiche 3135; 4/1842A No.359 p.343)
1825 Oct 7 - Goulburn requesting instructions from Brisbane re the execution of the deeds of Hart’s three Sydney leases, he having been convicted of a felony (Reel 6015; 4/3515 p.395)
1825 Dec 29 - Prisoner whose colonial sentence was reduced by Governor Brisbane prior to his resignation (Reel 6019; 4/3865 pp.22-3)
Supreme Criminal Court. Wednesday, March 21, 1825.
The Court opened to-day at the usual hour; when Thomas Davis, for a burglary in the dwelling-
house of Mr. Jacob Josephson, of Pitt-street, jeweller, and Thomas Henry Hart, for receiving
the said jewellery knowing the same to have been stolen, were placed at the bar for judgment.
Davis—Death. Hart—14 years transportation.
Sydney Gazette, 24 March 1825.
Thomas Henry Hart appeared to have made some influential contacts, hosting the following funeral:
DEATHS.— At Cottage-ville, Bringelly, on the 7th
instant, after a very short illness, Thomas Laycock, Esq. aged 37 years.—This gentleman had the honor of serving His Majesty, in this Colony, in his early days, in the New South Wales Corps (afterwards the 102d), while in this Colony. In 1810 he accompanied the Regiment to England, from whence he went to America, where he endured many a hard campaign in the last American war, and rose to the rank of Captain.
The regiment being once more called home from foreign service, Captain Laycock sold out ; and revisited New South Wales in the character of Free Settler, possessing a comfortable independence. The deceased has left a wife, with four children, to mourn over the loss of an earthly parent. The interment took place in Sydney, on Sunday afternoon last, from the house of Mr. Thomas Henry Hart, in Pitt-street, and was respectably attended.
Maureen Withey on 10th July, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 July 2020), May 1814, trial of HENRY HART (t18140525-27).
HENRY HART, Theft > pocketpicking, 25th May 1814.
486. HENRY HART was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 4th of May , a watch, value 20 s. a watch-key, value 4 d. a seal, value 18 d. and a ribbon, value 1 d. the property of Edmund Taylor , from his person .
EDMUND TAYLOR . I am a livery stable-keeper , Northumberland-alley, Fenchurch-street. On the 4th of May, between eight and nine in the evening, I was coming towards home by Aldgate , just of the side of Jewry-street, by Aldgate, I was on the outside of the pavement; the prisoner came before me, and snatched the watch out of my pocket. I catched him by the left arm. He held his arm out, as if for some person to take it away; I saw him put his hand back. I catched him by the left arm; I said, my lad, you have robbed me of my watch; I will take care of you; I was taking him across the way to the watchhouse. I delivered him into the hands of Kinnersley at the watchhouse. I told Kinnersley I had been robbed of my watch of a highway or street robbery.
Q. Did you find your watch - A. Not then. I told the prisoner, I would take care of him; the watch would speak for itself, there was the initials of my name on the back of the watch case.
Q. Did you look after your watch - A. No. I have seen my watch since. The next day, the prisoner was brought to the Mansion House; he was remanded until Saturday. On the Thursday evening after, between eight and nine at night, the prisoner’s mother came to the yard.
Q. You must not tell what the mother said - A. I never went after the watch. I stuck by the prisoner.
RICHARD MEARS . I happened to be passing just after the act took place; the prosecutor had seized the prisoner, and charged him with robbing him of his watch. The prisoner told me the watch was there, meaning over the way, under some scaffolding boards; I did not go to look after it; I did not expect to find it there.
MR. KINNERSLEY. I am an officer. Mr. Taylor brought the lad to me. I sent a man over the way to look under the scaffolding boards; the watch was not found there. I took the prisoner to the Poultry Compter. He told me the names of the two boys that was with him were Isaacs and Solomon, and if I went to his mother she would shew me where they lived. The day afterwards; the boys were had up before the Lord Mayor. From their information, I found the watch at Nathan Isaacs’, in Wentworth-street. This is the watch. That is all I know.
Prosecutor. This is my watch; I have had it twenty-three years.
GUILTY , aged 19.
Transported for Life .
London jury, before Mr. Recorder.
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