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Thomas Reilly

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Reilly
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Farm boy, labourer, selector
Date of Death: 23rd September, 1833
Age: 22 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing clothes
Convicted at: Ireland, Westmeath
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Guildford
Departure date: 12th July, 1829
Arrival date: 4th November, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 59 other convicts


Primary source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts.
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Community Contributions

Dennis Nightingale on 6th June, 2015 wrote:

Born - Westmeath Ireland. Single - 3 brothers here Luke Reilley arrived per Phoenix III (1826) Peter Reilly arrived per Guildford (8) [1829] Francis Reilly arrived per Bussorah Merchant (3) [1831]. Sent to Norfolk Island.

Dennis Nightingale on 6th June, 2015 wrote:

133162 Reilly Thomas - Guildford 1829.  1829 November - AO NSW Convict Indents Fiche No. 673.
Age 18. Farm boy from Westmeath. Sentenced to 7 years transportation for stealing clothes. Assigned to Timothy Nowlan at Hunter River on arrival.

Graeme Beasley on 17th October, 2019 wrote:

Thomas Reilly was charged for murdering fellow convict Edward Doolan on 8th June 1833 @ Norfolk Island. Sentenced to Hang by Justice Dowling in September 1833 although feigning insanity even Dancing on the Scaffold he was hung on September 23rd.1833 being 1 0f 3 executed that day

Peter Hinds on 6th August, 2020 wrote:

Thomas Reilly was despatched on the Lucy Ann on 3 May 1830 bound for Norfolk Island (see The Campbelltown Convicts).

Tony Beale on 23rd June, 2021 wrote:

The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 - 1838) Wed 31 Jul 1833 Page 3 NORFOLK ISLAND.

MR. EDITOR.—A prisoner, named Thomas Reily, who has been in most instances traced as a maniac, butchered in the most inhuman manner on Sunday the 19th of May last, Edward Dolan, (the approver in M’Intire’s murder) while sleeping in his hammock. The wretched culprit secreted a knife about him antecedent to his being locked up in barrack, & about ten o’clock in the day the murder was heard, when the alarm bells rang, muscats were fired, the soldiers all in arms, and the commandant came into the room, and on
asking who had done it, Reily himself exclaimed, “it was Reily, it was Reily.” The man lingered till the following Friday, having been cut and stabbed in such a manner, that the medical gentlemen were surprised instant death did not take place. On the case being examined before the Bench of Magistrates, Reily was asked how he came to perpetrate the deed? He replied, that Colonel Morisset had informed him he was for life in irons, and that he preferring being hung out of the way.
On the Bench referring to the indents received
from the Colonial Secretary’s Office, it appeared Reily was sentenced fourteen years out
of irons! This is one of the numerous instances of mistakes in the men’s sentences.

Convict Changes History

Dennis Nightingale on 6th June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: years, voyage, source: NSW Gov Records. Irish Convicts. (prev. ), firstname: Thomas, surname: Reilly, alias1: , alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1811, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Dennis Nightingale on 6th June, 2015 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, occupation, crime

Tony Beale on 23rd June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 23rd September, 1833 (prev. 0000)

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