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Joseph Thomas

Joseph Thomas, one of 230 convicts transported on the Isabella, April 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Joseph Thomas
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1800
Occupation: Shop boy
Date of Death: 6th November, 1876
Age: 76 years

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 Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 3rd April, 1818
Arrival date: 14th September, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 233 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 15 (9)
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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Elizabeth Janson on 2nd April, 2012 wrote:

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He was granted a pardon for having apprehended 14 runaways in the district of Bathurst on 31 March 1828.
He married Lydia Hart on 23 Aug 1830. She left him and he had children with two wives whose names we do not know.
He died 6 Nov 1876, described as a Northcote, Victoria, storekeeper and his will names three children, Sophia Levy Atkinson, wife of Mr Atkinson of Brighton, Joseph William Thomas who married Christina Grouney, and Mary Julia Thomas.
He is buried in the Atkinson family grave, Brighton Cemetery.

Tony Beale on 29th October, 2020 wrote:

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12. THOMAS BROWN and JOSEPH THOMAS were indicted for stealing, on the 18th of November , from the person of William Whitmore , one pocket-book, value 1s. 6d.; two 5l., two 2l., and three 1l. bank notes , his property.

MR. WILLIAM WHITMORE. On the 18th of November I was in Throgmorton-street , about a quarter after one o’clock in the day, and met the two prisoners - They were coming one way and I the other; they stopped me on the pavement, which is narrow - They would not make way for me; I desired they would let me pass. Brown came round on my right side and the other on my left. As I passed between them I felt Thomas’s hand in my waistcoat pocket. As soon as I got clear of them, I put my hand to my pocket and missed my pocket-book, which contained a 5l., a 2l., and three 1l. notes. I turned round, and saw Thomas a few yards before me; I ran up to him-he took to his heels as hard as he could, and crossed Broad-street - I called out Stop thief! he was stopped; I came up in half a minute - I never lost sight of him. Several people came round him; one of them gave me my pocket-book; the other prisoner was taken and brought up, and the constable took them both. I am positive he is one of them - I saw them both walking together before they came up to me.

CHARLES WOODHALL . I am a bank-porter. I saw the prisoners running, and Mr. Whitmore following them. I saw Thomas drop the pocket-book and run on. When they came to the corner of the street Thomas was stopped. While they were taking him to the Mansion-house, Brown was standing in the street and was secured.

WILLIAM SCOTT. I was in Threadneedle-street about a quarter of an hour before this happened, and saw the prisoners in company together. Brown stepped up to a gentleman, and attempted his pocket, which was rather open-the gentleman turned into a coffee-house. When I returned, I found Thomas in custody, and saw Brown

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standing at the corner of Throgmorton-street; I pointed him out, and the officer took him. I am sure he is the boy.
(Property produced and sworn to.)

THOMAS - GUILTY . Aged 16.

BROWN - GUILTY . Aged 13.

Transported for Life .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Lydia Hart in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 3/8/1830
Name: Lydia Hart
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1812
Age: 18
Arrival year: 1828
Arriving Vessel: Isabella 1
Spouse Name: Joseph Thomas
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1801
Spouse Age: 29
Spouse Arrival Year: 1818
Spouse Vessel: Competitor 2
Marriage Year: Abt 1830
Application Date: 3 Aug 1830
Application Place: Saint John Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia - Samuel Marsden Chaplin
He is employed by A Doolan of Parramatta and is described as of good character. The note says he is a dealer in Parramatta and is well able to support a wife. He has a ToL no 28/301 She is described as of good character and permission is given by her master William Harvey

Convict Changes History

Elizabeth Janson on 2nd April, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1800-00-00, date of death 1876-11-06, gender m

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