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Thomas Holmes

Thomas Holmes, one of 200 convicts transported on the England, 31 March 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Holmes
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Confectioner
Date of Death: 29th July, 1851
Age: 40 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: England
Departure date: 31st March, 1832
Arrival date: 18th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 292
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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Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 wrote:

1831, 1 December: Thomas Holmes, 20, was tried at the Old Bailey:

“#2. THOMAS HOLMES was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of October, at St. Sepulchre, 1 gelding, price 4l., the property of James Harwood.

JAMES HARWOOD. I am a wheelwright, and live at Woodford-bridge, in Essex. My gelding grazed on the forest, not in an enclosed field - I saw it safe on the 20th of October, between three and four o’clock in the afternoon, and missed it about half-past five that evening; I did not know the prisoner - I found him the next day, between two and three o’clock in the afternoon, in Smithfield-market, with my gelding; he had got it in a halter - I asked how he got it; he said he was selling it for a man named Williams, but gave no further description of him; no Williams came forward to claim it; I took him into the public-house, and gave charge of him - he said nothing more than that he was selling it for Williams; I am quite sure it is mine - I have had it four or five years.

JOHN GOULD. I keep the White Horse public-house, at Woodford-bridge. I went with Harwood to Smithfield, and saw the prisoner there with the gelding in his possession - he said he was selling it for Williams; nobody came to claim it - Harwood took him into custody: I knew the gelding to be his.

JOHN VINN. I am an officer. I took the prisoner in charge; I asked him where he got the pony - he said a man named Williams had hired him to sell it for him; I asked him where Williams lived - he said he did not know- that he was an entire stranger to him, but he had slept with him the night previous at a public-house in Kent-street; I asked him what Williams was - he said a hawker, and that he himself was also one, but he had had nothing to do for the last three months; I asked where Williams was to be found - he said he did not know, but he expected to meet him at Liverpool, to give him the money, and that he was gone there to ship some goods; on searching him I found a toll-ticket of the Bermondsey gate, dated the 21st of October.

Prisoner. Williams is a man I know very well, and I have worked with him many times. Witness. I am quite positive he said he only knew him by sleeping with him the night before.

Prisoner’s Defence. I slept with Williams at the Royal Oak, Kent-street - he said he had a horse for sale, and knowing me to be out of employ he asked me to go to Smithfield, and sell it for him; he told me to lay out the money in goods, come to Liverpool, and meet him where the mail-coach starts for London.

(Dec. 7.) GUILTY - DEATH. Aged 20.

Recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor.” (see oldbaileyonline.org)

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 wrote:

1832, 6 February: His death sentence was commuted to transportation for life (see https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/life?id=obpt18311201-2-defend113).

1832, July: On arrival in VDL, he was listed as 22, a cook and confectioner, and single. He was assigned to Sir John Owen (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-20$init=CON31-1-20p167).

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 wrote:

1832, 31 December: Muster - assigned to Mr Goldie.

1833, 31 December: Muster - assigned to Mr Goldie.

1835, 31 December: Muster - assigned to Michael Foster Esq.

1838, 8 January: Granted a Ticket of Leave (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-20$init=CON31-1-20p167).

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 wrote:

1839, 2 September: Thomas Holmes per England applied for permission to marry Sarah Ann Tibbs, free (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON52-1-1p039j2k).

1839, 7 October: Thomas Holmes, 29 (ToL per England) married Sarah Anne Tibbs (free) in the Uniting Church of England and Ireland, Hobart. The marriage was witnessed by James Tibbs and William Holdship (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD37-1-1p147j2k). Note: Her name is spelled Sarah Ann and Sarah Anne on the Marriage record.

1841, 27 September: Thomas Holmes’s Conditional Pardon No.3266 was approved (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-20$init=CON31-1-20p167).

1840: Birth of daughter Mary Anne Hollis Holmes at Hobart. He is listed as a pastry cook (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD32-1-3-p499j2k).

1842: Birth of daughter Eliza Jane Hollis Holmes at Hobart. He is listed as a pastry cook (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD33-1-1-p343j2k).

1846: Birth of daughter Ester Anne Hollis Holmes at Hobart. He is listed as a confectioner (on her baptism record he is listed as a licensed victualler) (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD32-1-3-p601j2k).

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 wrote:

1851, 29 July: Thomas Holmes died, aged 42 (his year of birth is given as 1809 on this record). He was buried in Hobart at St Davids Anglican
Cemetery (see Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1811 (prev. 0000), crime

Dianne Jones on 23rd May, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 29th July, 1851 (prev. 0000)

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