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Thomas Keeble

Thomas Keeble, one of 266 convicts transported on the Lord Lynedoch [Lord Lyndoch], 20 July 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Keeble
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1814
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lord Lyndoch
Departure date: 20th July, 1831
Arrival date: 18th November, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 265 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 149 (77)
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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Maureen Withey on 10th November, 2019 wrote:

Thomas and his younger brother were tried at the Old Bailey. (online)

THOMAS KEEBLE, JOSEPH KEEBLE, WILLIAM NASH, Theft - housebreaking, 17th February 1831.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

449. THOMAS KEEBLE , JOSEPH KEEBLE and WILLIAM NASH were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Morgan , on the 9th of February , at St. James, Clerkenwell, and stealing therein 16 spoons, value 2l.; 1 catheter, value 1s.; 1 pencil-case, value 1s.; 1 pair of spectacles, value 6d.; 1 handkerchief, value 6d.; 1 box, value 6d.; 1 chain, value 6s., and 18 sovereigns, his property .

JOHN MORGAN. I live at No. 13, Hooper-street, in the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell ; it is my dwelling-house - I am a medical man, a graduated doctor of medicine, and a member of several medical institutions - the prisoner Joseph Keeble was my errand boy , and had been with me since Christmas. On the 9th of February, about half-past seven o’clock, I went out, locked the door, and left no person whatever in the house - I told Joseph Keeble I was going out, and to keep his eyes on the house and play with the children in the street, that I should be absent about an hour and a half, and he was to give answers to any applications in my absence - I returned between nine and ten o’clock, and he was no where to be found; I found my street door open - there were no marks of violence on it, therefore it must have been opened with a false key - I am sure I shut and locked it when I went out - I went into my surgery, and there saw an iron crow-bar laying on a chair; it is a chair of a peculiar make, and answers the purpose of a scrutoire - the chair had been broken open both with a chisel and a crow-bar: there were marks of a chisel, and the small end of the crow-bar on it - there was a secret drawer in that chair that nobody knew of but Joseph Keeble; he had seen me put eight sovereigns and a halfthere about nine days before, but I had taken them out, and there was no money in it then, but a silver pencil case which was taken and a few articles - I called in a Police-constable, went over the house, but only looked about slightly in the confusion - I went up to the second floor where the gold and the plate were locked up in a trunk; I found the trunk unlocked, and all the gold gone - I thought all the plate was gone, but the Policeman found two spoons wrapped in paper, which the thieves had not seen; I lost eighteen sovereigns from one box - the amount of gold in the other box I do not know, only that I had received fourteen sovereigns from Mr. Blizzard; I had used some of them, and put more in - I lost about twenty spoons, but I had not counted them for years; I think my loss amounted to between 60l. and 70l., including the sovereigns - I missed about five shirts, some spectacles, silk handkerchiefs, and a gold watch-chain - I found a screw-driver in the house, which did not belong to me.

JOSEPH HUTCHINSON . I am a Police-constable. I went into Mr. Morgan’s house - I have heard his statement; it is correct; I found two silver tea-spoons left in the trunk - there were no marks of violence on the door; we found the crow-bar laying on a kind of scrutoire, or desk, and the screw-driver on a trunk up stairs - while I was in the house I heard a strange voice outside say, “There is his brother;” I went out, and saw Thomas Keeble - I desired him to come in; he did so; I took him into the parlour, asked where he had been, and so on - I cannot tell what answer he made, for I went up stairs directly with Mr. Morgan, and went over the house; I desired Winder, who came in, to take care of Thomas Keeble -I apprehended Joseph Keeble at his parent’s house, about fifty yards from Mr. Morgan’s, within ten minutes or a quarter of an hour; he was in bed - we sent his mother up for him: he came down in his shirt; I took him to the station - I took the screw-driver and crow-bar down to the station; the inspector held the screw-driver up, and asked Joseph if he knew who it belonged to; he said it belonged to his brother Thomas, who was not present - he was asked who the crow-bar belonged to; he said he had seen it laying about in his mother’s cellar.

WILLIAM WINDER . I am a Policeman. I went into the house with Hutchinson; I sent a boy to tell Joseph Keeble Mr. Morgan wanted him; Thomas came, he said Joseph was in bed, and he wanted to know what Mr. Morgan wanted of him - I detained him, and then went and fetched Joseph and took them both to the station - I afterwards went into the cellar, where Keebles lived, and in a rat-hole in the wall found a handkerchief, containing sixteen spoons, a silver catheter, this pencil-case, and spectacles - they were all in the handkerchief; I searched there because Joseph had said his brother had a screw-driver like that in the cellar - I went with Busain to Nash’s house.

JOHN BUSAIN . I am an inspector of Police - the two Keebles were brought to the station-house; they positively denied having been near Mr. Morgan’s house, or having seen each other during the whole night; Joseph afterwards said he had seen his brother in Slade’s passage, and told him his master was out; he said that in the presence of Thomas; Joseph said the screw-driver belonged to Thomas - he said that also in the presence of Thomas afterwards; I directed the constables to go and search the cellar, and they brought the handkerchief and property - I showed the property found to Thomas; he appeared exceedingly confused; I asked Thomas where the gold was; he said, “In the cellar, Sir” -I said, “In the same hole as the spoons were found?” he said, “No, in a hole nearer to the cellar-flap; I said,“Is the whole of the gold there?” he said, “No, Sir, it is all there but six sovereigns or five, and two half-sovereigns” - I said, “Where is that?” he said, “I gave it to a boy who was with me:” I said, “What is the boy’s name?” he said, “Nash;” Nash was not present - I said, “Where does he live?” he said, “He formerly lived in Hooper-street, now in Lock’s-buildings” - I never found any thing on Nash - I took Thomas Keeble with me to the cellar; he pointed out the hole there, where I found this box, containing twelve sovereigns and this gold watch-chain - I afterwards tried the crow-bar and screw-driver to the drawer which had been broken open; the screwdriver appeared to have been used first, and then the crow; the marks corresponded exactly - I have inquired, and find that the prisoners bear a very good character.

JANE MARY YOUNG . I keep a coffee-shop, at No. 71, Compton-street, Clerkenwell. On Wednesday night, the 9th of February, Thomas Keeble came in and had some coffee, and I afterwards saw William Nash with him - they came about five o’clock, and left about half-past; my house is about five hundred yards from the prosecutor’s.

MR. MORGAN. These are my spectacles - this is a pill-box of mine, and contains the gold chain and the sovereigns - the tea-spoons I had made twenty years ago; I have a fellow one in my pocket; this catheter was in my care - I believe every thing here to be mine.

Thomas Keeble . Nash and my brother are innocent.

One witness gave the Keebles a good character.



Recommended to Mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor, on account of their youth .

NASH - NOT GUILTY .[Feb. 23.]

Their parents petitioned for clemency:
The National Archives:  HO 17/94/8 1831; 1833 July 30

Prisoner name: Thomas Keeble and Joseph Keeble.

Prisoner age: Thomas aged 16, Joseph aged 12.

Court and date of trial: Old Bailey February Sessions 1831.

Crime: Housebreaking.

Initial sentence: Death commuted to transportation for life.

Annotated: Considered at Report in Council 13 April 1831. Nil.

Petitioner(s): John Keeble and Sarah Keeble of Little Sutton Street, Clerkenwell [Middlesex] (the prisoners’ parents); two petitions from John Keeble (prisoners’ father), a printer, of Catherine Street, Vinegar Ground, City Road (1833).

Grounds for clemency: Very young; first offence; previous good character; good conduct of youngest son onboard the hulk; the convicts’ father has heard that the hulk his youngest son is on will shortly be dispensed with and he asks that Joseph be sent to the penitentiary and not overseas.

Additional information: Thomas Keeble was sent to New South Wales in 1831 in the Lord Lynedock convict ship. Joseph Keeble was sent to ‘the boys’ hulk at Chatham’ [Kent].

Ros Harding on 24th March, 2020 wrote:

On the same day that Thomas was moved from Newgate to the hulk Cumberland (18 April 1831) brother Joseph was removed from Newgate to ‘the boys’ hulk Euryalus at Chatham, Kent (ten miles up the River Medway).  Joseph died in the hospital of te Euryalus 14 December 1833, aged 14.

TL granted (Ticket of Leave) granted 3.5.1839.

Thomas married Elizabeth McPherson in Hobart 19 July 1841, according to the rights of the Church of England and Ireland by Reverend Palmer.

Elizabeth’s & Thomas’s only child Edmund Thomas Keeble, was born at Campbell Street, Hobart – District of Hamilton on 18 August 1841. 

Lieutenant-Governor granted Thomas a Conditional Pardon 18.1.1845.

Thomas, Elizabeth & 6 year old son Edmund moved to Victoria (Port Phillip) in August 1847 on board the 93 ton Brig “Scout”.  It is stated on Thomas’s death certificate that he resided in Victoria for 50 years (Thomas was in Australia for 50 years from when he arrived as a convict in 1831, not in Victoria 50 years).  Thomas & Elizabeth lived and farmed at St Albans until his death in 1891.
Ros Harding (nee Keeble)

Thomas’s brother Henry migrated to Australia 1854 (with his two sons John & Joseph).  They lived in Geelong where Henry was a taxidermist in Moorabool Street.

Ros Harding on 6th April, 2020 wrote:

Thomas married another convict Elizabeth McPherson in Hobart 19/7/1841. Elizabeth was transported on Westmoreland from Edinburgh in 1836. They had one child Edmund Thomas Keeble born Hobart 18/8/1841.
Thomas, Elizabeth & 6 year old son Edmund moved to Victoria (Port Phillip) in August 1847 on board the 93 ton Brig “Scout”. 

It is stated on Thomas’s death certificate that he resided in Victoria for 50 years (Thomas was in Australia for 50 years from when he arrived as a convict in 1831, not in Victoria 50 years).  Thomas & Elizabeth lived and farmed for some time at St Albans. Thomas’s brother Henry migrated to Victoria (Geelong) with his two sons John & Joseph in 1854 and also lived in St Albans for a time.

Thomas Keeble died 31/10/1891 at St Albans in the Shire of Bellarine, County Grant, aged 77 years. The cause of death was Broncho Pneumonia, after 9 days of illness. The funeral was at the Eastern Cemetery, Geelong.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 10th November, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

Ros Harding on 24th March, 2020 made the following changes:


Iris Dunne on 24th March, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1814 (prev. 0000)

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