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Thomas Lewis

Thomas Lewis, one of 198 convicts transported on the Camden, 21 March 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Lewis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1806
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 21st August, 1888
Age: 82 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Carmerthen Great Session
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Camden
Departure date: 21st March, 1831
Arrival date: 25th July, 1831
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 197 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 57 (31)
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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Rona Seabrook on 10th May, 2016 wrote:

married Mary Anne Kennedy 1842 lived at Manly NSW Australia till death in 1894

D Wong on 11th May, 2016 wrote:

Rona Seabrook – are you on the right Thomas Lewis, there are 26 listed, easy to mix them up.

11/9/1830 The Cambrian: The sentence of death passed on Thomas Lewis at the Carmarthenshire Great Sessions, for highway robbery under very aggravated circumstances, was commuted by Judge Goulburn to transportation for life.

Thomas Lewis was 25 years old, single, protestant, could read and write, 5’7” tall, brown hair and eyes, ruddy pock-pitted complexion, small dark mark on right eyebrow, scar inside right thumb.

Native place: Carmarthen. Occupation: Shoemaker/Groom.

1840: TOL Maitland.

22/7/1845: Thomas Lewis aged 39, arrived per ‘Camden’, application to marry Mary Coyle aged 21, arrived free per ‘Wilson’.
1845: Married – had 5 children.

1/6/1848: CP

1888: Thomas died and was buried at Quirindi, NSW.
Mary died in 1883 at Quirindi.

D Wong on 11th May, 2016 wrote:

Thomas Lewis that married Mary Ann Kennedy arrived on the ‘Isabella’ 1831 - for more information, see his profile page.

Rona Seabrook on 12th May, 2016 wrote:

I have the right Thomas Lewis born in Wales died in Manly 30/1/1894 his wife Mary Anne died 8/1/1894 Rona

Alisa Walters on 31st October, 2019 wrote:

Thomas Lewis was tried in the Carmarthen Great Session on the 30th of August 1830 and sentenced death.  This sentence was commuted to transportation for life to Australia.
The Carmarthen Journal 3 September 1830 has the following brief report.
Thomas departed England on the 28th of March 1831 onboard the convict ship Camden and arrived in Sydney on 26th June 1831.  The Camden under the control of William Fulcher carried 190 male convicts into Sydney Cove.
At the time of his arrest, Thomas had a trade as a shoemaker.  He had also worked for 4 years as a groom.  His transportation records tell us that he was 25 years old, single and a protestant; and that he could both read and write.
The same records provide us with a physical description.  Thomas was 5’ 7” tall with brown hair and eyes and a ruddy pock pitted complexion.  He bore a small dark mole on his right eyebrow and a scar along his inside right thumb – no doubt from a shoe-making tool. 
On his arrival, Thomas was assigned to work in Maitland for Peter Hill Rapsey a merchant.  In 1830 Peter Hill Rapsey owned the store ship St. Michael, into which steamers discharged their cargo, the ship was moored near the foot of the present Tank Street.  Thomas is listed in the 1837 Muster of the Maitland area as still working for Rapsey along with the following convicts John Herbert, Edward Howarth, William McCanny and George Welsh. 
Thomas was provided a Ticket of Leave in 1840.  This meant he was now allowed to work for whomever he chose and earn whatever money his skills could demand.  This ticket required that he did not leave the Maitland area, went to church on Sundays and report when requested to the magistrate.  The Ticket of Leave could be revoked at any time placing him back into servitude.
In 1848 Thomas was given a conditional pardon on the 1st of July 1848.  He was free within Australia but could never return to Wales.  After 18 years one would doubt his desire to do so.
“Carmarthen Great Session. At the present Great Session for this County, Thomas Lewis was tried for highway robbery near Llandilofawr, under very aggravated circumstances, and sentenced to be executed.  The sentence was subsequently commuted to transportation for life”.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 11th May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1806 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1888 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

Rona Seabrook on 12th May, 2016 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 14 years (prev. 99 years), voyage, date of death: 1894 (prev. 1888), occupation, crime

Alisa Walters on 31st October, 2019 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 99 years (prev. 14 years), voyage, date of death: 21st August, 1888 (prev. 1894), crime

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