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Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas, one of 222 convicts transported on the Katherine Stewart Forbes, 21 February 1832

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Henry Thomas
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1813
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Katherine Stewart Forbes
Departure date: 21st February, 1832
Arrival date: 16th July, 1832
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 221 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 271 (136)
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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Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 wrote:

1831, 17 February: HENRY THOMAS appeared before the Old Bailey twice in seven months - each time on a charge of stealing by picking pockets. Below are the transcripts from his trials:

“#551. HENRY THOMAS was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of January, 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of James Hopkins, from his person.

JAMES HOPKINS: I am a carrier, and live in Great Dover-street. On the 17th of February I was in Longlane, near the pig-market at Smithfield , and felt a twitch at my coat pocket; I turned, and saw the prisoner about a yard from me - he was the nearest person to me: I seized him instantly, and observed him shifting his coat - I suspected he had my handkerchief; I put my hand into his breast pocket, and pulled it out - this is it.

THOMAS BARKER: I am an officer, and produce the handkerchief, which I received from the witness, with the prisoner.

Prisoner’s Defence: I did not do it - there were two lads who threw it down; I picked it up, and put it into my pocket - the other two ran away.

MR. HOPKINS: There were no lads near me.

GUILTY. Aged 18.

Confined Six Months, and Whipped.”


1831, 8 September: HENRY THOMAS was again before the Old Bailey:

“#1628. HENRY THOMAS was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of August, 1 handkerchief, value 6d., the goods of John Gardner, from his person.

THOMAS CUSS: I live in Buckingham-street, Strand, and am a constable. On the morning of the 22nd of August I saw the prisoner and another lad in Smithfield, following John Gardner - I followed a little way, and saw the prisoner putting a handkerchief into his own pocket; he saw me then threw it among some sheep, and ran away- I called ‘Stop thief!’ and some butchers stopped him - a boy took up the handkerchief, and gave it to me.

Prisoner: Q: Did you see me take it? A: No.

JOHN GARDNER: I live at No. 12, Gloucester-street, St. John-street-road. On the 22nd of August I was in Smithfield, and heard a cry of ‘Stop thief!’ I turned, saw the prisoner stopped by a butcher, and saw some person throw my handkerchief among some sheep - it was safe in my pocket shortly before.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner: I have been convicted here before - I then went home, but my father could do nothing for me; I was going to get a ship when the officer laid hold of me.

GUILTY. Aged 18. - Transported for Fourteen Years. (see https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/)

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 wrote:

1832: On arrival in VDL, Henry Thomas was listed as 18 years old. He was a labourer and a printer (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON18-1-10$init=CON18-1-10p52).

1841, 14 October: Henry was granted a Conditional Pardon.

1845: Henry received his Free Certificate No.880 (see https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-43$init=CON31-1-43p73).

Convict Changes History

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1813 (prev. 0000)

Dianne Jones on 15th March, 2021 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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