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Thomas Murphy

Thomas Murphy, one of 158 convicts transported on the Lord Sidmouth, 20 September 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Murphy
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: Silk weaver
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lord Sidmouth
Departure date: 20th September, 1818
Arrival date: 11th March, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 159 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 90
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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Denis Pember on 2nd October, 2015 wrote:

THOMAS BAMBRIDGE , THOMAS MURPHY , and BENJAMIN WYNN were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Julia Levene, widow, about nine o’clock in the night of the 28th of April, with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, two pictures, value 18d., and one table-cloth, value 3s., her property.
JULIA LEVENE. I am a widow, and live in Fashion-court, Spitalfields . On the 28th of April I went out about nine o’clock in the morning, and returned at half-past eight o’clock at night, and found my door broken open, and the pictures and table-cloth gone.
Cross-examined by MR. PLATT. I was fetched home-it was then dark- my things were all lying about the floor; my trunk was emptied.
WILLIAM FOSBROOK . I keep a coal-shed at the corner of Fashion-court. On the 28th of April, about half-past eight o’clock- I was fastening my shutters, and saw the prisoner, Wynn, standing at the corner of my house; he was singing very loud, and appeared agitated, which made me suspect him. I turned the corner of the court, he then called out “Wooey!” quite loud. I ran up the court to Levene’s house, as she was out. The prisoner, Bambridge, ran out with some linen under his arm - I knew him before; he dropped it at the door; I pursued, and caught him about the middle of the court, and asked him where he had been? he said, “Nowhere.” I saw some linen in his hand, which was behind him, and took it from him. As I was taking him back to the house Murphy ran out with a load of linen, which he also dropped at the door. I took Bambridge to the watch-house. I knew Murphy before - He had a remarkable ragged coat on. They had a light in the house, which they extinguished when they ran out. As I returned from the watch-house, I was told he was at a public-house in Brick-lane- I went, and found him standing at the door- I am sure he is the man; I gave him in charge. I went to the house, and found they had broken the bolt off the shutters- it was quite dark.
Cross-examined. I knew them both before. Bambridge had a candle in his hand, I saw his face. When I took Murphy, a gentleman said he had something about him; he immediately unbuttoned his coat, and threw out the table-cloth.
JAMES ADAMSON. I am the watch inspector. On the 29th of April I was going on duty, and met the prisoner, Wynn, and Gordon, who is not here, about a quarter before one o’clock in the morning. As they passed me I heard Gordon say to Wynn, “Hold your tongue!”-Wynn used a bad expression, which made me notice them. I turned back, and followed them to Paternoster-row, opposite Spitalfields Church; I then heard Wynn say, “If we had had a little more patience we should have done the trick.” I immediately took them both. Wynn said he lived at No. 15, White Lion-street - I found it was false.
THOMAS HART . I am constable of the night. The prisoners were brought to the watch-house. Adamson has spoken correctly.
Cross-examined. Murphy’s clothes were ragged.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
MURPHY’S Defence. I never saw the other prisoners - I was at the corner of the street.
WYNN - GUILTY. Aged 17.
Of stealing only . Transported for Seven Years.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

Denis Pember on 2nd October, 2015 wrote:

In the colony, Thomas cohabited with Hannah Tyndall () around 1829. Hannah had come free to the colony, the child of

Denis Pember on 2nd October, 2015 wrote:

John Tindall (Convict, Indian 1810) and Charlotte Thompson (Came Free, Friends, 1811).
Hannah was only with Thomas for short period. They had a son, William born 1830. She then ‘moved on’ and married William James Newham and had 6 further children.

Denis Pember on 2nd October, 2015 wrote:

Baxter, Carol: General Muster of New South Wales, 1822: Murphy, Thomas, convict, Lord Sidmouth, 7 years, Carpenter, Lumber Yard, Sydney.

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales: [Ref M3581] Murphy, Thomas, 28, FS, Lord Sidmouth, 1819 7 years, Protestant, Labourer to Thomas Hadlow at Evan.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 2nd October, 2015 made the following changes:

gender: m, occupation, crime

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