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Thomas Ovens

Thomas Ovens, one of 125 convicts transported on the Shipley, 20 December 1816

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Ovens
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1787
Occupation: Ploughman
Date of Death: 24th August, 1843
Age: 56 years

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: Theft
Convicted at: Jedburgh Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Shipley
Departure date: 20th December, 1816
Arrival date: 24th April, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 124 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 322
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

Maureen Withey on 13th April, 2020 wrote:

Sydney Gazette, 1 May 1823.
THE undermentioned Persons have obtained Certificates during the last Week.
Shipley (1). Thomas Ovens ;

D Wong on 13th April, 2020 wrote:

The Scots Magazine Midlothian, Scotland
1 Jul 1816
Jedburgh, April Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened here this day the Right Hon. Lord Succoth.
Thomas Ovens was tried for several acts theft, on the night of Sunday the 3d day of March last. The prisoner pleaded guilty all the charges, and the Jury returned a verdict finding him guilty on his own confession.__Sentenced to transportation for seven years.

Thomas Ovens was listed as 29 years old on arrival.

Thomas was 5’6” tall, dark ruddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.

Colonial Secretary Index:
OVENS, Thomas. Per “Shipley”, 1817

1817 May 2:  On list of convicts disembarked from the “Shipley” and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.129)

1822:  Servant of Jonathon Hassall of Cooke; testimony as to his character for a ticket of leave (Reel 6026; 4/1715 pp.135-6)

1823 Sep 1,3:  Re permission to marry at Liverpool (Reel 6011; 4/3509 p.182)

1824 Oct 4:  Resident on estate of John Dickson, district of Cooke. Memorial (Fiche 3103; 4/1838B No.727 pp.1191-4)

1823: Married Elizabeth Rollends(should be Rawlings - Mary Ann 1822) at St. Luke’s, Liverpool.
1824: Elizabeth
1827: Jane
1829: Thomas
1831: Lucy
1834: John
1836: James
1838: Mary

29/9/1825: COF - in lieu of CF 85/1009

1828 Census:
Ovens, Thomas, 43, free by servitude, Shipley, 1817, Protestant, labourer, Stoke Newington, Cooke
Ovens, Elizabeth, 28, government servant, Mary Ann, 1822, 14 years, Protestant
Ovens, Elizabeth, 4, born in the colony
Ovens, Jane, 2, born in the colony

24/8/1843: Thomas ‘Ovans’ died, aged 55, NSW BDM. (was actually 58).

Elizabeth died 27/6/1845, aged 42.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 13th April, 2020 made the following changes:

gender: m

D Wong on 13th April, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1787 (prev. 0000), date of death: 24th August, 1843 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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