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Thomas Knight

Thomas Knight, one of 180 convicts transported on the Sir Godfrey Webster, 04 August 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Knight
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 1841
Age: 36 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 Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Sir Godfrey Webster
Departure date: 4th August, 1823
Arrival date: 30th December, 1823
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 100
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st April, 2021 wrote:

1823 - Old Bailey Proceedings Online
THOMAS KNIGHT, Theft > theft from a specified place, 9th April 1823.
597. THOMAS KNIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of March , at St. James, Westminster, in the dwelling-house of Sarah Boyd , widow, two sovereigns; fourteen shillings, and a 5 l. Bank note , the monies of Jean Louis Gardie .

JEAN LOUIS GARDIE . I am a silver chaser , and lodge in the first floor of Mrs. Sarah Boyd ‘s house, a widow, in Glasshouse-street, in the parish of St. James . The prisoner was my servant , but did not live in the house - I keep my money in my bureau; I saw it safe on the evening of the 19th of March, I left it unlocked. There was a 5 l. note, two sovereigns, and fourteen shillings. On the following day, about two o’clock, I missed it - he was often left in the house when I was out. I have got the number of the note from the bankers’ since. I had left one of my workmen at home to pay a bill with it, if it should come while I was out (he is not here). I did not see the prisoner after I missed the money, until his apprehension, which was last Thursday. I had given him warning to leave on the next Saturday; the 20th was Thursday. He bore a good character.

JOSEPH COOPER . I am an officer of Queen-square. I apprehended the prisoner last Friday morning at his house in Willer-street, Tothill-fields - I told him he was charged with robbing his master, and asked what he had done with the money - he said he had spent it; I asked him how much it was; he said 7 l. 14 s. I asked him where he had been since he committed the robbery; he said he walked to Bath to see a relation, and had been absent till the day before I took him. I found no money on him.

Prisoner’s Defence. My master did not use me well; he kept me short of victuals. I heard he was going to send me away, and not knowing what for, I did this. I always did my best to serve him - this is the first crime I was ever guilty of.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 18. [1805]

Recommended to Mercy by the prosecutor and Jury, on account of his good character, and believing it to be his first offence .

Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st April, 2021 wrote:

Source; Old Bailey
1823 - 13 May. Sentence Respited
1823 - 23 May - Transported to V D Land
1830 - 26 Sept - Absconded
1830 - 2 Oct - Absconded
1830 - 16 Oct - Absconded
1841 - 18 Oct - Died age 36

Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st April, 2021 wrote:

Australian Convict Transportation Registers - Other Fleets & Ships, P.48/157
Name; Thomas Knight
Ship; Sir Godfrey Webster
Trial; Middlesex G D
Date; 9 April 1823
Sentence; Life
Noted against name; DIED; 18 Oct 1841

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Penny-Lyn Beale on 1st April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 1841 (prev. 0000), crime

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