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Thomas Livermore

Thomas Livermore, one of 200 convicts transported on the Guilford [Guildford], August 1811

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Livermore
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1st June, 1787
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Death: 14th September, 1827
Age: 40 years

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: Attempted murder
Convicted at: Surrey Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: August, 1811
Arrival date*: 31st March, 1812
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 195 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 52
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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Arnie on 17th March, 2016 wrote:

The Guildford sailed from England on 3 September 1811, arrived in Port Jackson on January 18 1812. Livermore was then sent to Van Diemens Land per the Colonial Schooner “Unity” on the 4 July 1812.

D Wong on 20th March, 2016 wrote:

1811 at the Surrey assizes Thomas Livermore was convicted for attempting to murder his wife, he had cut her throat, but she survived.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
LIVERMORE, Thomas. Per “Guildford”, 1812

1812 Jul 4: Sent to Port Dalrymple as Government servant to James Cox (Reel 6003; 4/3492 pp.138-40)

1820 Nov 14: Servant to James Cox at Launceston, Port Dalrymple, Van Diemen’s Land. Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3203; 4/1861 p.38)

Elizabeth Dewsnap/Duslop was assigned as a servant to Livermore, at Launceston.

10/9/1827: Married Elizabeth Dewsnap/Duslop – Elizabeth arrived per ‘Maria 1818’ aged 15/16.  She had apparently partnered with an aboriginal man and had a son William born in 1826.  William took on the name ‘Livermore’.  Elizabeth died 1883 aged 80 from Senility.

1827: Thomas died at Norfolk Plains, aged 42 listed as a farmer

lynne richardson on 7th February, 2017 wrote:

There are descendants of Thomas Livermore that argue his attempted murder of his first wife, Mary Lucas, was justified because there was a claim during his trial that she had an affair and become pregnant before their marriage and had tricked him into marrying her. It should therefore be noted that the length of time between Thomas Livermore and Mary Lucas’ marriage and the birth of their son James Livermore was exactly 8 months and 27 days, making it highly unlikely that Mary was pregnant by another man before her marriage and would have been able to know this with the medical technology available in 1810. Most likely this claim if another man being the father was either a lie Mary said in anger, or a fabrication during the trial to gain sympathy for Thomas because Mary didn’t want her child’s father executed.

Maureen Withey on 1st January, 2020 wrote:

Burial Record in parish of St John, Launceston, Cornwall, Port Dalrymple, 1827. https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD34-1-1p068j2k
Thomas Livermore, abode, Norfolk Plains, buried 23 Sept 1827, age 42, ship Guildford, farmer.

Convict Changes History

Arnie on 17th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: June, 1787 (prev. 0000), date of death: 14th September, 1827 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

D Wong on 20th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1st June, 1787 (prev. June, 1787), gender: m

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