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Thomas Swanger

Thomas Swanger, one of 264 convicts transported on the Maria Somes, 22 April 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Swanger
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 10th March, 1816
Occupation: Bootmaker
Date of Death: 9th April, 1899
Age: 83 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Bristol Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Maria Somes
Departure date: 22nd April, 1844
Arrival date: 30th July, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 263 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 54
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

Keith Campbell on 25th April, 2013 wrote:

I am not sure, but this may be Thomas Stranger.
Born 3 Mar 1820 in Devon England.
Died 24 Nov 1904 in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
Married Margaret Branche in 1839 in Devon?
Could he have been deported to Hobart and later his wife came out to join him?

D Wong on 25th April, 2013 wrote:

Thomas Swanger was 26 years old on arrival in VDL.  Transported for Stealing the monies and goods to the value of £5 from Mrssrs William Wilcox, Richard Heffer and Henry Ford, and 3 other counts of Simple Larceny.

Thomas was 5’6” tall could read and write, fair complexion, brown hair, grey eyes.

20/4/1853: Steerage passenger per Yarra Yarra, Launceston to Melbourne.  Free by servitude.

18/10/1858: Ballarat. Found guilty of stealing sheep and sentenced to 5 years, released in February 1861.

15/9/1862: Melbourne, Guilty of uttering a forgery and sentenced to 4 years, released in May 1864.

Married Amy Ann Luckwell in England and had a daughter Emily Swanger 18/3/1838.

7/3/1855: Married Sarah Myers in St John’s Church Melbourne. 3 children.

9/4/1899: Died in Port Melbourne and is buried at the Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton North, Melbourne.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 19th December, 2011 made the following changes:

date of birth 1816-03-10, date of death 1899-04-09, gender m

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