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Joanna Thomas

Joanna Thomas, one of 173 convicts transported on the John Renwick, 25 April 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joanna Thomas
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Laundress
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Devon Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: John Renwick
Departure date: 25th April, 1838
Arrival date: 27th August, 1838
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 259 (131)
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:

Devon Lammas Assizes.
Joanna Thomas, 33, was found guilty of stealing on the ? of July instant, at Stoke Damerel, a sheet, the property of Mary Gregg, and sentenced to be transported for 14 years.
North Devon Journal, 3 Aug 1837.

Note: Other newspaper accounts of the time give her a variety of different ages, 33, 55, - so her age will need to be checked.


Convict Index 1791-1873
Joanna Thomas, per John Renwick, 1838, Ticket of Leave, 43/2890. District, Yass; Tried, Devon Ass.

THE Tickets of Leave of the undermentioned prisoners of the Crown have been cancelled for being absent from their District:—
Joanna Thomas, John Renwick, absent from District; Yass Bench.
NSW Govt. Gazette, 20 Jun 1851.

Maureen Withey on 1st April, 2021 wrote:

The following Criminal petition MAY apply to this person, if she is older.

National Archives.

HO 17/2/1761829 Apr

Prisoner name: Mary Williams Thomas and Joanne Thomas.

Prisoner age: Mary Williams Thomas aged 14. Joanna Thomas, her mother, aged 34.

Court and date of trial: Devon Lent Assizes 1829 held at Exeter.

Crime: Mary Thomas larceny. Joanna Thomas felony - receiving stolen goods.

Initial sentence: Mary: seven years transportation. Joanna 14 years transportation.

Annotated: Ordered to the Penitentiary April 1829.

Petitioner(s): Mr Justice Gaselee. Two petitions signed by 20 people on behalf of Joanna Thomas. Joanna Thomas. Samuel Saunders of Devonport [Devon], acquaintance of Joanna.

Grounds for clemency: Mary is a fit person for the penitentiary; Joanna has received a good character; Joanna admits receiving but did not know goods were stolen by her daughter; Joanna has infant children and her husband is a mariner; honest sober and industrious character of Joanna; her daughter was led astray and deceived her own mother; Saunders would reemploy her in his house but the daughter needs to be punished.

D Wong on 1st April, 2021 wrote:

Joanna Thomas was listed as 36 years old on arrival.

Native Place: Cork City.

Joanna could read, was RC, listed as a widow with 1 male and 1 female children, 5’1¾” tall, dark pale and pockpitted complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, scar inside lower right arm, scar on back of little finger of right hand, another inside third finger of left hand - sister Mary Dunbar, a prisoner, per ‘Henry Wellesley’.

12/12/1843: TOL Yass - Allowed to remain in the District of Yass on the recommendation of the Campbelltown Bench.—- Cancelled 31/5/1851 - Absent from District.

27/6/1851 Sydney Gazette:
Joanna Thomas, John Renwick, 49, Cork City, laundress, 5 feet I inches, dark pale and pockpitted comp., brown hair, hazel eyes, scar inside lower right arm, scar on back of little finger of right hand, another inside third finger of left hand; from Ticket of Leave,
Yass, since 31st May, 1851.

No other records found.

Convict Changes History

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

gender: f, crime

D Wong on 1st April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), occupation

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