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Thomas Herring

Thomas Herring, one of 376 convicts transported on the Fairlie, 14 October 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Herring
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 1887
Age: 73 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing linen
Convicted at: Middlesex Session Peace
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Fairlie
Departure date: 14th October, 1833
Arrival date: 15th February, 1834
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 375 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 238
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

Carolyn Sim on 1st April, 2020 wrote:

Thomas S HERRING was born c.1814 at Bath, Somerset, England. He was tried at the Middlesex Session Peace in 1833, found guilty of stealing silverware, and sentenced to 7 years transportation to Australia. He travelled aboard the convict ship “Fairlie”, arriving in Botany Bay on 15 Feb 1834. He gained his Certificate of Freedom on June 24th, 1841. Thomas married Sarah Lofty KEMP on 29 March 1866 at Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. They had three known children, 2 sons and a daughter. Thomas died on 18 January 1887 at Fish River, and was buried in the O’Connell Anglican Cemetery, O’Connell, Bathurst Regional Council, New South Wales, Australia.

D Wong on 1st April, 2020 wrote:

Thomas Herring was listed as 20 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Bath.

Thomas was literate, single, 5’6” tall, fair and freckled complexion, red hair, hazel eyes, eyes much inflamed, lost a front tooth right side of upper jaw, round scar inside upper part of left arm.

Sarah Lofty had been married to Robert Barton (England 1826) - they had 8 children.

Robert Barton died 21/11/1863 then Sarah married Thomas and had 3 more children.
Hannah Herring - b.13 Feb 1867
Thomas Herring - b.1869
Henry James Herring - b.20 Jan 1872

Convict Changes History

Carolyn Sim on 1st April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1887 (prev. 0000), crime

D Wong on 1st April, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

Christine McIver on 5th May, 2020 made the following changes:


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