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Thomas Shaw

Thomas Shaw, one of 300 convicts transported on the General Hewett, August 1813

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Shaw
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1785
Occupation: Carpenter
Date of Death: 5th August, 1842
Age: 57 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: General Hewett
Departure date: August, 1813
Arrival date: 7th February, 1814
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 300 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 118 New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849
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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Simone Tynan on 22nd August, 2015 wrote:

At 29 Thomas Shaw was 5 foot 8 ½ inches tall. He had a fair complexion, with sandy coloured hair and blue eyes.

Born in Yorkshire in 1778, he was handed a life sentence on the 20th March 1813 at Lancaster, England. Later that year, in August the General Hewett set sail for Australia with Thomas as one of its passengers. It arrived in Sydney on the 7th February 1814.

Thomas was a carpenter and earned a condition pardon on the 26th January 1820. In the same year, on the 6th of March he was granted permission to marry Frances Brown. They were married on the 12th June, 1820, St John’s Church of England Church in Parramatta.  (Interestingly, according to the NSW State Government records website all marriages at the time were carried out at this church. )

By the time of the 1828 census Thomas Shaw (45) was listed as being married to Frances (34)  and having 6 children:  Mary Brown (15), Joseph Brown (10), Thomas Shaw (8), John Shaw (4), Anne Shaw (3) and James Shaw (5 months). Joseph Brown took on the name Shaw later in life.  The 1828 census also showed that Thomas owned 8 horned cattle.

Thomas died on the 5th of August 1842 at 64 years old. He was buried St John’s Church of England Church in Parramatta.

References:
New South Wales Government. Copies of returns of Absolute and Conditional Pardons granted. Series 1165. State Records Reel 774, copy of 4/4492. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia. New South Wales Government. Registers of Conditional Pardons. 

Home Office: Convict Transportation Registers; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication HO11); The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England. Class: HO 11; Piece: 2.  Year Range : 1810-1817

Parish Marriage Registers. Textual records. St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
Reference Number: REG/COMP/1; Description: Vol 01, Baptisms, 1790-1825; Marriages, 1789-1823; Burials, 1790-1825; Parish: St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta

New South Wales Government. Indents First Fleet, Second Fleet and Ships. NRS 1150, microfiche 620–624. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia. New South Wales Government.

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

Lancaster Gazette Sat 27 Mar 1813 p.3
On Thursday, Thomas Shaw (29) and Wm Holt (22) were tried for uttering a forged Craven note to Rt Butterworth, at Rochdale; Shaw was found guilty but recommended to mercy by the jury and the prosecutors, and Holt was acquitted.

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 334…
[Ref S0544] Shaw, Thomas, 45, conditional pardon, General Hewett, 1814, life, Carpenter, Parramatta.
[Ref S0545] Shaw, Frances, 34, free by servitude, Lord Melville, 1816, 7 years.
[Ref S0546] Shaw, Thomas, 8 born in the colony.
[Ref S0547] Shaw, John, 4, born in the colony.
[Ref S0548] Shaw, Ann, 3 born in the colony.
[Ref S0549] Shaw, James, 8 months, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Simone Tynan on 13th July, 2014 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 118 New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Numb

Simone Tynan on 22nd August, 2015 made the following changes:

date of death: 5th August, 1842 (prev. 0000)

Denis Pember on 10th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1785 (prev. 0000), crime

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