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Thomas Kelsall

Thomas Kelsall, one of 160 convicts transported on the John Renwick, 24 November 1842

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Kelsall
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: Coal miner
Date of Death: 16th December, 1883
Age: 67 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 15 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Stafford Special Assizes
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: John Renwick
Departure date: 24th November, 1842
Arrival date: 10th April, 1843
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 160 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 247 (125)
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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D Wong on 3rd July, 2017 wrote:

10/10/1842 London Evening Standard London, England:
The jury returned the following verdict :— Thomas Kelsall, Charles Simpson, John Parkes, and Thomas Banks, Guilty of the whole charge, breaking, entering, &c.

Thomas Kelsall was listed as 24 years old on arrival, (his conduct records says 21) he was born in Handley.

Thomas was 5’3 1/2” tall, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, very light grey eyes, literate, protestant.

Wife: Isabella
Father: Thomas
Mother: Mary (parents at native place)
Brothers: Richard, John, William, Daniel, Nathaniel, Elijah.
Sister: Betsy.

2/4/1840: TOL
4/10/1850: TOL revoked - absent from muster.
4/3/1851: TOL restored.

14/9/1852 TOL revoked - absent from muster.
2/11/1852: TOL restored.

8/8/1854: CP

No marriage found.

16/12/1883: Thomas Kelsall died at the age of 67, from Brain Disease, at the New Town Pauper Establishment and he was buried at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery.  Listed as a Groom and Carter.

Maureen Withey on 29th July, 2021 wrote:

National Archives.
ADM 101/39/41842-1843
Medical and surgical journal of Her Majesty’s hired convict ship John Renwick for 4 November 1842 to 15 April 1843 by T E Ring, Surgeon, during which time the said ship was employed taking convicts from England to Van Dieman’s Land. (Described at item level)
Folios 18-22: Surgeon’s general remarks.
Folio 19: 74 of the men were transported at the Special Commission held at Staffordshire in 1842, having been engaged in the riots in the Potteries at that time. Those breaches of the Law, I am informed were chiefly the result of political infatuation when the passions were influenced and misguided by designing men. In the confinement and discipline of a convict ship, the idle dream and wild vision of power to effect their criminal and insane purposes passed away, and the recollection of distant homes and those endearing ties of nature and affection, severed so suddenly, and perhaps for ever, crowded upon them, and produced a marked and almost general despondency. My attention was first called to this fact at Spithead, by the tone of their letters which it was my duty to read before they were sent to the Post. I have thought it necessary to mention this circumstance, as I believe the condition of the mind, to exert a powerful influence upon health and was especially connected with those deviations from it. [The Surgeon makes further remarks about the treatment on board ship of ‘convict rioters of Staffordshire’ and the conduct of 79 convict boys].

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 3rd July, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1816 (prev. 0000), date of death: 16th December, 1883 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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