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Keith South on 17th April, 2015 wrote:
Native of Belfast, Antrim Co, 20 and single.
Executed, hanged at Liverpool .for forgery
Maureen Withey on 5th November, 2019 wrote:
CAMPBELL TOWN ASSIZES, THURSDAY.
AUGUST 12th.— The Chief Justice, having opened this Court, by commission of Oyer and Terminer, — a panel composed of 7 officers of the army was sworn, when John Herman Maas and Thomas McGibbon were arraigned, indicted for defrauding the King, by forging a provision ledger or cheque list of a detached party of the Road Gang, No, 38; also the signatare of Mr. Lambie, the Assistant Surveyor of Roads, to a paper purporting to be a receipt for provision furnished by Mr. Thomas Rose, Contractor, between 5th May and 24th June last. It appeared in evidence that M’Gibbon was clerk to Mr. Strachan, Superintendent of Convict Barracks, at Liverpool, where Maas who was employed in the office of Mr. Owen, Commissariat Clerk, in charge at that station, lived with M’Gibbon. Believing the forged receipt of 15th July, to be genuine, Mr. Owen acted upon it, and as it appeared clearly that none but Maas could have effected the forgery, but that M’Gibbon, who slept in the same room, was not certain to have been implicated in it ; Maas was found guilty, M’Gibbon not guilty. For the prisoners, were Messrs Therry and Rowe. The Court after this, adjourned to next day.
Friday.— When the above prisoners were again placed at the bar, on another indictment for defrauding the King, by falsely obtaining a bill of exchange, for £137 18s., forging thereon the signature of Mr. Thomas Rose, and fraudulently putting away the said bill. It appeared that on 24th July last, 3 drafts on the D. C. G. In favour of Mr. Rose the contracter, one of £144, the second £137 10s. and the third £56 18s. 3d. were drawn by Mr. Owen, Commissariat Clerk. The first was given to Mr. Rose’s son, Maas intimating to Mr. Owen, while he was writing out the next, that Mr. Rose wished to have the first draft, and to leave the other two for Mr. Wood, of the Ship Ian, who would send for them. The draft for £144 was accordingly given to Mr. Rose, Jun. who left town with it. Next evening, a letter signed James Wood reached Mr. Owen, conveying a request that two drafts left by Mr . Rose should be delivered for him, either to the waiter or to Maas. Considering the latter as the safer conveyance, the two drafts were given to Maas, with an injunction to bring back Wood’s acknowledgment in writing. The sums described in these drafts corresponded with the abstract and ledger kept in the Com. Office, and it was not an unusual practice to have plain forms signed beforehand The order purporting so come from Mr. Wood, of the Ship Inn, was a forged one, for Mr. Wood swore, that McGibbon came to his house, and agreeably to his (McGibbon’s request, Mr. Wood sent his waiter to convey a message to the Commisariat office, having no knowledge whatever of the drafts, and being without directions from Mr. Rose respecting them. After Maas had received the drafts, he never appeared again at the office. M’Gibbon and he absconded from Liverpool. On the 26th July, M’Gibbon walked into the shop of Mr. Pendray , tailor, in George-street; Sydney, and tendering a draft upon the D. C. General for £137 12s. said he wished to pay an account of £15, due by his friend Maas, and begged Mr. Pendray’s clerk, Wellings, would carry the draft over to the Commissariat Pay Office, which he did ; the draft was cashed in British silver, which was exchanged in the Treasury Office for a cheque on the Bank of Australia ; with this M’Gibbon proceeded to the Bank, obtained notes for it, and paid Wellings £15, talking a receipt for the same, McGibbon endorsing the cheques with the name Thomas Hamilton. Maas and his confederate were that day apprehended Maas endeavoured to set up a defence, but in a very brief and incoherent way, and the learned judge having charged the commission with much clearness and precision, both prisoners were pronounced
The third, indictment charged the same prisoners with fraudulently obtaining a bill for £ 51 16s. and forging thereon the endorsement of Thomas Rose, with intent to defraud Mr. Rose and William Sutherland. In this case, the evidence was equally clear, and both prisoners were found guilty ; after which, the Court adjourned to Saturday the 14th August ; when Maas and M’Gibbon, who throughout the whole of these proceedings had exhibited extraordinary levity and carelessness, again graced the bar, and the learned judge passed upon them sentence of death, when their conduct became perceptibly altered, and both were removed to the prison among a crowd of uncommiserating spectators.
The Australian, 27 Aug 1830
A part of a fuller account of the trial, as published in the Sydney Gazette, 17 August 1830:
James Strachan sworn—I am Superintendant of the Convict-Barracks, at Liverpool ; the prisoner M’Gibbon, is my clerk ; I knew also the prisoner Maas ; they are both prisoners of the Crown ; I mean persons transported to this country, and still under sentence ; I have observed them to be very intimate and much together ; indeed they slept in the same place in the barracks that is in my office ; I have observed them frequently writing there, not for me, but in filling up printed forms, such as I myself use, to obtain the provisions for the Barracks ; on enquiring, M’Gibbon told me that Maas employed him to fill up these forms, and paid him well for doing so ; the document now shewn to me, signed with the name of Mr. Lambie, is of the same kind as they were filling up, but I did not examine them.
EXECUTION. — On Wednesday last, Jean Henry Maas and James M’Gibbon underwent the sentence of the law, at Liverpool, for forgery on the Commissariat department. Maas was of a very respectable family at the Isle of France, from which place he was transported to this Colony for three years only, one half of which term had expired at the time when the offence was committed for which he suffered.
Sydney Gazette, 4 Sep 1830 (Reported as James McGibbon, not Thomas)
Penny-Lyn Beale on 9th April, 2021 wrote:
Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, Liverpool St Luke
Name; Thomas McGibbon
Abode; Liverpool Barrack
When Buried; 1 Sep 1830
Ships Name; Sophia
Quality or profession; EXECUTED for Forgery
By whom the Ceremony was performed; Robert Cartwright
James McGibbon - 1 September 1830 - Hanged at Liverpool for forgery.
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
Indent No; 8
Name; Thomas McGibbon
Age; 20 
Read & write, Single, Protestant
Native Place; Belfast
Trade or calling; Merchants Clerk
Offence; Forged Notes
Trial where & Date; Antrim - 29 Mar 1828
Sentence; 14 Years
Height; 5 ft. 4 1/2 in
Eyes; Dark Hazel
Completion; Ruddy fair
Convict Changes History
Keith South on 17th April, 2015 made the following changes:
convicted at, term: 14 years, voyage, source: http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/irish/irish.cgi?requestType=Search&ship=Sophia+(1829 (prev. ), firstname: Thomas, surname: Mcgibbon, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1809, date
Penny-Lyn Beale on 9th April, 2021 made the following changes:
date of death: 1830 (prev. 0000)