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John Thomas

John Thomas, one of 185 convicts transported on the Countess of Harcourt, 29 April 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Thomas
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1812
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 7th January, 1837
Age: 25 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 Life

Crime: Housebreaking
Convicted at: Somerset Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Departure date: 29th April, 1828
Arrival date: 8th September, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 184 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 373 (188)
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 7th April, 2021 wrote:

National Archives. Criminal Petitions.

HO 17/82/7

Prisoner name: James Coleman, aged 24, and John Thomas, aged 16.

Court and date of trial: Coleman convicted at Monmouth Summer Assizes 1827.

Thomas convicted at Somerset Summer Assizes Bridgewater 1827.

Crime: Coleman: Uttering forged notes.

Thomas: Housebreaking.

Initial sentence: Death commuted to transportation for life [both].

Gaoler’s report: Coleman: Orderly during confinement.

Thomas: None.

Annotated (Outcome): Coleman: Refused.

Thomas: Refused.

Petitioner(s): James Coleman, the prisoner, supported by former employers who found him honest and trustworthy.

John Thomas, the prisoner supported by eight other signatories, by his father, George Thomas, and in a petition from his mother, Mary Thomas, supported by eight other signatories.

Grounds for clemency (Petition Details): Following a period of distressing unemployment, the prisoner Coleman went to Newport seeking employment. While there, he was twice asked by a woman named May Floyd with whom he had been drinking to the point of intoxication to give her change for some notes. These were the notes which gave rise to the charges against Coleman. When he was detained for examination, May Floyd was detained with him, but she was discharged for want of evidence.

John Thomas was innocent of the charges brought against him. He was elsewhere from where the housebreaking occurred. There was also confusion in the evidence brought, and another, unconnected, man named John Thomas faced charges at the same Assizes.

Other papers: Letter from R Hart Davis MP forwarding petitions.
Date:  1828-1829


Maureen Withey on 8th April, 2021 wrote:

Calendar of the Prisoners who were for trial these Assizes. … —George Day, John Thomas and John Day, on suspicion of breaking the dwelling-house of John Lawrence, and stealing three silver spoons, a flitch of bacon, &c.—
Taunton Courier, 22 Aug 1827.

The sentences, up to Tuesday night, were as follow: … Death Recorded: —Thomas Hares, 17, and Robert Bartlett, 22, convicted of felony.—John Thomas, 21, for burglary.— ...
Bristol Mirror, Sat 25 Aug 1827.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 17th December, 2020 wrote:
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
Ship: Countess of Harcourt
Name; John Thomas. Age; 16 [1812]
No; 120
Unable to Read or write. Single,
Native County; Bristol
Trade; Blacksmiths Boy
Offence; House Breaking
Trial; Burgwater?, 18 Aug 1827 - Life - 2 previous convictions
Height; 5 ft.
Complexion; Ruddy p. pitted
Hair; Brown
Eyes; Hazel
Assigned; Robert Scott, Hunters River
Additional Remarks; DIED in General Hospital Sydney 7 January 1837.

Convicts Index, 1791-1873.
John Thomas, Countess of Harcourt, Convict Death register, Date: 20/01/1837.  Age 24; District, Sydney Hospital.

Convict Changes History

Ann Marie Gould on 27th March, 2020 made the following changes:


Maureen Withey on 7th April, 2021 made the following changes:

gender: m

Maureen Withey on 8th April, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1812 (prev. 0000), date of death: 7th January, 1837 (prev. 0000)

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