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Thomas Phillips

Thomas Phillips, one of 140 convicts transported on the Dick, 02 October 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Phillips
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1st June, 1800
Occupation: Silversmith
Date of Death: 1860
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Dick
Departure date: 2nd October, 1820
Arrival date: 12th March, 1821
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 140 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 409 (206)
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

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 wrote:

Thomas was baptised on 30th June 1800 at St Phillips, Birmingham, Warwickshire.  He was the son of William Phillips and his wife Sarah (nèe Ridley) who had married at St Martin, Birmingham, Warwickshire on 9th November 1794.
His mother died before his 5th birthday and his father subsequently married again to Sophia Yates, 30th December 1808, once again at St Martin, Birmingham, Warwickshire.
Eleven years later, 7th August 1819, both his father and step-mother were convicted at Warwick Assizes for coining offences - they were in possession of forged banknotes.
They were each sentenced to transportation for 14 years, the father being transported on “Coromandel” with arrived in NSW 4th April 1820 and his mother was transported on “Janus” which arrived 3rd May 1820.  His 5 step-siblings, also went, with their mother on “Janus”.

On 27th March 1820, Thomas was also tried at Warwickshire and sentenced to 7 years.  He was transported on “Dick” which arrived in the colony 12th March 1821.

Denis Pember on 26th February, 2017 wrote:

In the colony, Thomas married Eleanor Bessonett (et al). 
They married in 1823 at Sydney.
Name: Eleanor Basnett
Spouse Name: Thomas Phillips
Marriage Date: 1823
Marriage Place: New South Wales
Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1823
Volume Number: V B

In the 1828 Census, Thomas and Eleanor appear individually:
Page 301….
[Ref P0751] Phillips, Thomas, 26, free by servitude, Dick, 1821, 7 years, Protestant, silver plate worker, Philip Street Sydney.
[Ref P0752] Phillips, John, 6, born in the colony.
[Ref P0753] Phillips, William, 4, born in the colony.
[Ref P0754] Phillips, Edward, 18m, born in the colony.
Page 50….
[Ref B1252] Bissenet, Elnr, 28, free by servitude, Elizabeth, 1818, 7 years, Catholic, housekeeper to Thomas Phillips, Sydney.

Denis Pember on 26th February, 2017 wrote:

Also in the 1828 Census were Thomas’ father and step-mother and all his step-siblings..
Page 301…
[Ref P0742] Phillips, William, 63, ticket of leave, Coromandel, 1819, 14, years, Protestant, labourer, Goulburn Street Sydney.
[Ref P0743] Phillips, Sophia, 38, government servant, Janus, 1819, 14, years, Protestant, laundress.
[Ref P0744] Phillips, Emma, 20, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0745] Phillips, Jemima, 18, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0746] Phillips, John, 15, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0747] Phillips, Caroline, 13, came free, Janus, 1819.
[Ref P0748] Phillips, Sophia (Jun), 11, came free, Janus 1819.
[Ref P0749] Phillips, Julia, 7, born in the colony.
[Ref P0750] Phillips, Catherine, 2, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: June, 1800 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1860 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Denis Pember on 25th February, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1st June, 1800 (prev. June, 1800)

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