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Thomas Lyons

Thomas Lyons, one of 172 convicts transported on the Florentia, 14 August 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Lyons
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1794
Occupation: Shipwright
Date of Death: 1868
Age: 74 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: Lancaster Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Florentia
Departure date: 14th August, 1827
Arrival date: 3rd January, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 265 (134)
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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Community Contributions

Anonymous on 23rd May, 2012 wrote:

Thomas Lyons was transported for stealing cotton.  He was 33 years old, could read and write, protestant, married, 4’6"? tall, dark sallow complexion, had 2 children, native place was Liverpool, dark brown hair, hazel eyes and a scar on lower part of inside left arm.

From the UK National Archives - "A collective petition (22 inhabitants of Liverpool) on behalf of Thomas Lyons, shipwright, convicted a Lancaster QS held at Preston in July 1827 of the theft of cottons.  Grounds for clemency - Labouring under a mental derangement.  Asks for a pardon so prisoner can be confined safely in an Asylum.  Went to sea, married before he went and when he returned 11 months later found out that his wife has misconducted herself which sent the prisoner insane.  Initial sentence, transportation for life.

1841 Census: Wattle Street, Parish Alexandria, County Cumberland, District: Sydney.

Thomas died in 1868 at the Launatic and Invalid Establishment at Parramatta.

Dianne Jones on 14th August, 2020 wrote:

Yes. This confirms another chapter of Thomas LYONS’s sad story:

1868, 19 October: Thomas LYONS per Florentia 1828, stealing, life, is on a list of so-called “British Lunatics” in the “Parramatta Lunatic Asylum” (see New South Wales, Australia, Convict Records, 1810-1891).

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 23rd May, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1794-00-00, date of death 1868-00-00, gender m

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