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Thomas Ibbotson

Thomas Ibbotson, one of 220 convicts transported on the Elizabeth, 03 October 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Ibbotson
Aliases: John
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 6th July, 1840
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Cow stealing
Convicted at: York Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Elizabeth
Departure date: 3rd October, 1831
Arrival date: 14th February, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 192
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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Leslie Goddard on 23rd May, 2016 wrote:

This is an account of how Thomas died while excessively intoxicated.

The Hobart Town Courier and Van Diemen’s Land Gazette Tas. : Friday 10 July 1840
COACH ACCIDENT.-A serious accident happened to the Launceston coach on its way to Hobart Town on Monday last, by which the driver Thomas Ibbotson, better known as ” John the Coachman,” lost his life.
It appears, from the testimony of the passengers, that Ibbotson, who had been horse dealing, had become excessively intoxicated, and upon arriving at a place called Weeden’s Hill, about a mile and a-half the other side of Oatlands, while making a des- perate effort to stop the speed of the horses, was pulled off the box .
He fell upon his head between the wheelers and thence to the ground, when the wheels of the coach passed in an oblique direction over his head and killed him on the spot.


To the Memory of
Who Departed this life 6th July 1840
Aged 33 years
Leaving a widow and 4 young
children to lament his loss

Forgive blest shade the tributary tear
Which mourns thy exit from a world like this
Forgive the wish that would keep thee here
And stayed thy progress to the realms of bliss

Convict Changes History

Leslie Goddard on 23rd May, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: John, date of death: 6th July, 1940 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

D Wong on 23rd May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of death: 6th July, 1840 (prev. 6th July, 1940)

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