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Thomas Obey

Thomas Obey, one of 202 convicts transported on the Westmoreland, 15 May 1841

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Obey
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1821
Occupation: Ploughman/farm labourer
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 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Kent Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Westmoreland
Departure date: 15th May, 1841
Arrival date: 12th September, 1841
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 203 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/12, Page Number 309 (156)
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

D Wong on 27th July, 2018 wrote:

Thomas Obey was 20 years old on arrival in VDL - he was transported for ‘stealing a parcel of velvetine cloth and moreen from a court’.

Thomas was 5’6” tall, fair complexion, brown hair, blue eyes, learnt to read and write while on board.

Native Place: Near Maidstone.

20/10/1847: TOL
24/9/1849: CP Recommended
26/5/1851: CP

28/11/1857 The Argus, Melbourne:
AN UNWELCOME INTRUDER.-A few days since a minor named Thomas Obey, being in a friend’s tent at Portuguese Reef, Steiglitz, and hearing a noise under the bed proceeded to ascertain the cause, when he discovered a large snake coiling himself away in a case ; the reptile was fired into by a second party, but without causing its death, which Obey succeeded in effecting with a stick; upon being measured it was found to be 5 feet 3 inches in length and in girth 10 inches. A little child had been playing about the case only a few minutes before, but had received no injury.
Geelong Advertiser.

31/5/1859: Fell down a mining shaft at Boxing Reef, the shaft was 160 feet long - he had no broken bones.  Four goats had also been discovered at the bottom of the same shaft, all dead. 

25/4/1865: Provisional Director of the Chronometer Reef Quartz Mining Company, Stieglitz, Victoria.

21/7/1869 The Ballarat Star, Victoria:
(Schedule filed at Ballarat.)
Thomas Obey, Ballarat, miner. Causes of insolvency—Sickness caused by milling accidents and want of employment. Liabilities, £94 Is; assets, £2 deficiency, £92 4s.

No date of death found.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 27th July, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1821 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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