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Thomas Spice

Thomas Spice, one of 240 convicts transported on the William Metcalf, 23 May 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Spice
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1815
Occupation: Bootmaker
Date of Death: 1890
Age: 75 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 7 years

Crime: Breaking and entering and stealing
Convicted at: Suffolk Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: William Metcalf
Departure date: 23rd May, 1834
Arrival date: 4th September, 1834
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 240 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 370
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

D Wong on 19th April, 2014 wrote:

Thomas Spice was charged with breaking into the premises of Benjamin Hills at Sudbury and stealing two silver watches valued at £ 4. Transported for 7 years.

Thomas was 19 years old on arrival in VDL, 5’3” tall, dark grey eyes, brown hair, fair complexion and single.

1835: Assigned to Mr Chaffey.

4/4/1838: TOL
184111: TOL Port Arthur.
There was no further mention of Thomas Spice in Tasmania after 1838.
On searching through ‘Trove’ I found a Thomas Spice, Boot and Shoemaker in Ballan, Victoria in 1849.

1843: Thomas married Bridget Whelan (1823-1880) and they had 5 children.

1881: Returned to England to visit his father.

14/3/1882: Married Hannah Simpson (1825-1884). Hannah was previously married to John Simpson in 1845 Leeds, Yorkshire and had 2 children.

There were a few court appearances for Thomas for stealing a calf and another time for stealing a horse, both instances were explained and no sentence occurred.

Thomas was the owner of the Orwell Hotel at Ballan, he was also a farmer.

1890: Thomas fell off the top of a dray loaded with wood and broke his neck at Ballan, he was listed as being about 85 although from his birth date he would have been nearer 75.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 19th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1815 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1890 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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