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Thomas Sillwood

Thomas Sillwood, one of 150 convicts transported on the Asia, 29 July 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Sillwood
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1827
Age: 22 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 14 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Southampton Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Asia 1
Departure date: 29th July, 1823
Arrival date: 19th January, 1824
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 150 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 78
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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Maureen Withey on 17th May, 2019 wrote:

From 36 degrees of South Latitude to the Cape we experienced boisterous weather which left the Prison room damp in spite of our unremitted attention to have it thoroughly ventilated and kept as dry as possible by lighting fires in the Airing and Swing stoves between decks-Notwithstanding our attention thirteen cases of Scurvy now manifested themselves which became daily more unequivocal. I may be allowed to remark that the experience of past voyages (this being the fourth) convince me that Prisoners received on board at Woolwich are generally in more precarious state of health and consequently more prone to manifest symptoms of Scurvy, Fluxes and Fevers than those received on board at the out ports and Ireland- having gone three former Voyages without loosing one and not even sent to the Hospital on my arrival at Sydney. In consequence of the Scorbutic cases and our proximity to the Cape of Good Hope I recommended the Master to put in being well convinced that nothing but a mixed diet of wholesome animal and vegetables would be efficient to remove the Scorbutic diathesis now but too general on board. We reached the Cape on the 21st November 1823 and stood till the 30th when the obstinate cases of Scurvy and Scorbutic Dysentry were rapidly receding and general health improving-Three days fresh Beef and Vegetables were carried to sea for Guard and convicts so that they were thirteen days on fresh provisions during this period. The Beef was indifferent, the Vegetables consisted of Carrots, Turnips, Leeks and greens…the cases were as follows, viz.
Thomas Silwood, convict, aged 20, Scurvy.

Journal of Surgeon William Evans, Medical and Surgical Journal of the Asia Convict Ship, between the 28th. June 1823 and the 18th. January 1824 during which time the said Vessel has been employed in conveying one hundred and fifty male convicts from Woolwich to Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, N. S. Wales

Penny-Lyn Beale on 23rd May, 2021 wrote:

1826 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, Tasmania. 1826
No; 583
Name; Thomas Sillwood
Ship arrived by; Asia
To whom assigned/Occupation; HOSPITAL;

Penny-Lyn Beale on 22nd June, 2021 wrote:

Burials in the Parish of Hobart in the County of Buckingham in the Year 1827
No; 213
Name; Thomas Sillwood
Abode; Hobart Town
When buried; 16 Jan 1827
Age; 22 years [born abt. 1805]
Ship’s Name; Asia
Quality or profession. Convict
By Whom Ceremony was preformed; W Bedford

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 23rd May, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Penny-Lyn Beale on 22nd June, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1827 (prev. 0000)

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