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Thomas Slater

Thomas Slater, one of 200 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 07 October 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Slater
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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: Stealing
Convicted at: Lancaster Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 7th October, 1829
Arrival date: 18th February, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 200 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 222
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 1st April, 2021 wrote:

George Wilson and Thomas Slater stood indicted for having stolen a drawer containing a quantity of copper, the property of George Knight, the April. It appeared from the evidence of John Hunting and another person, both of them living in Stockport, that about ten o’clock on the morning of the day named in the indictment, they were walking from Stockport, Manchester, and when at they met the two prisoners, one of whom was carrying what appeared to them be small box under his frock coat. Their manner attracted suspicion, and they watched them go round the corner of Mr. Watt’s shop, and there put down the box against the wall: they then walked off across the fields. Searching the spot they found that the article was a small till drawer and they inquired at Mr. Watt’s shop if it belonged to him, but did not. They then followed the prisoners across the fields and observed them take off their hats and then shake something out of them. They set off in pursuit of them and after a chase of some length, each captured one. On further inquiry, the till drawer was found have be stolen within the last quarter an hour from the prosecutor’s shop, and had contained a quantity of copper, and the place where the prisoners had been observed to shake their hats, copper to the amount of11s. 8d. was found. This was the evidence against the prisoners,  and the witnesses were very impudently cross-examined by Wilson, but without eliciting any thing favourable to the prisoners. They had each been previously convicted, and were sentenced to be transported for seven years. It was not stated to the bench, what we understand to be the fact,  that when Mr. Hunting had got to within a few yards of Wilson, he turned round and presented a pistol at him, threatening to shoot him if he advanced another step.  Mr. Hunting, however, very intrepidly rushed upon him, and wrested the pistol from his hand. It appeared afterwards, that it was not that it was not loaded; but the mere possession of such instrument of destruction, if it had been known by the bench would in all probability have added another seven years his period of banishment.
Manchester Courier, 16 May 1829.

We are requested to state by Mr. Knight, the prosecutor, and by John Thornley,  the constable, that it is incorrect, as stated it our last that Wilson presented a pistol at Mr. Bunting, on the latter pursuing him, neither Wilson nor Slater, the other prisoner, having any fire arms with them at the time.
Manchester Courier, 23 May 1829.
George Wilson also arrived on the same ship.  George Wilson’s father sent a petition to contest the conviction:

HO 17/2/1851829 May 16

Prisoner name: George Wilson (or George Wilson Walker).

Prisoner age: 19.

Court and date of trial: Salford Quarter Sessions [Lancashire] 1829.

Crime: Stealing money.

Initial sentence: Seven years’ transportation.

Gaoler’s report: ‘Character indifferent - convicted before.’

Annotated: Nil.

Petitioner(s): Joseph Walker, the convict’s father, from 17 Mangle Street, Back Piccadilly, Manchester [Lancashire].

Grounds for clemency: The charge has been found to be groundless, malicious and vexatious.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 1st April, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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