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Theophilus Thomas

Theophilus Thomas, one of 220 convicts transported on the David Malcolm, 13 May 1845

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Theophilus Thomas
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Blacksmith/horse shoer
Date of Death: 1868
Age: 60 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 20 years

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Carmarthan Assizes
Sentence term: 20 years
Ship: David Malcolm
Departure date: 13th May, 1845
Arrival date: 25th August, 1845
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island
Passenger manifest Travelled with 220 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 279 (141). Tasmanian Archives - convicts http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON33-1-80,230,191,L,80. Indent of personal details pgs 142 & 143. Newspapers online http://trove.nla.gov.au
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

Clive Ball on 12th April, 2013 wrote:

1841 Census for Wales. Newcastle-Emlyn (Carmarthenshire).Reference HO 107/1383/9. Hamlet of Emlyn, Parish of Cenarth. Butcher’s Arms.

Theophilus Thomas Age 30 Butcher
Mary do.      Age 30
Maryann do.    Age 2

Clive Ball on 1st January, 2014 wrote:

From the Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 27 July 1868. TASMANIA. From Hobart Town we have files to the 22nd instant. A few days ago, a man named Theophilus Thomas died at the General Hospital, where he had been a patient for several weeks with a serious complaint. He had had the appearance of a man in great distress for some time past. On more than one occasion he went into the Prisoners’ Barracks as a casual pauper. He was very meanly clad, with an old pair of boots marked with the broad arrow, and was accustomed to beg trifling articles from his companions, as if he were greatly in need. After his death it came to the notice of Mr Seager, the house steward of the hospital, that deceased was supposed to have possessed property; and, as the result of inquiries, it transpired that he had 170 Pounds in the Savings Bank, and had money out on the mortgage of two houses. Mr CDC Jones was communicated with, and the deceased’s effects will be taken cognisance of by the Curator of Intestate Estates. Thomas had not any relations in this country but is said to have left two daughters in England.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 2nd January, 2014 wrote:

Tasmanian Archive records:
Theophilus Thomas convicted at Carmarthan on 15/03/1845 for Highway Robbery, with violence. 20yr sentence. Declares he was innocent.
Transported to Van Diemen’s Land on the ‘David Malcolm’, arriving 25/08/1845.
Assigned to Station Gang at Norfolk Island 20/05/1847-25/08/1848. Other assignments in Hobart district.

Married - wife Mary & 2 children
Mother - Mary
Brother - Benjamin
Sister - Suzannah     all at native place

Aged abt 37yrs; Protestant; Blacksmith & shoe smith by trade; can read; 5’5 1/2”; brown hair; grey eyes.

Solemly declares his innocence.

Ticket of Leave 19/07/1853
Conditional Pardon 17/07/1855

Recorded in Colonial Families. Died 1868 Hobart.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 2nd January, 2014 wrote:

Native Place of birth given as: Newcastle, Wales.

Clive Ball on 6th January, 2014 wrote:

Two further records:

Theophilus Thomas married Mary Jones at Cenarth Parish Church, Carmarthenshire, Wales on 24 March 1833. Witnesses Benjamin Thomas and David Evans.
(From Parish Register).

1851 Census for Wales. Newcastle-Emlyn (Carmarthenshire) Reference HO 107/2482. Parish of Kenarth, Town of Newcastle-Emlyn.Butchers Arms.

Mary Thomas   Age 46 Victualler
Mary Ann Thomas Age 11 Scholar
Elinor Thomas   Age 8 Scholar.

Clive Ball on 9th April, 2015 wrote:

Wife Mary married David DAVIES in Aberdare, Glamorganshire in Jan 1852. Daughter Mary Anne married George Jenkins in Aberdare on 25 Jun 1860. Father named as Theophilus Thomas, blacksmith, deceased (he wasn’t then!). Daughter Elinor now with surname DAVIES living in Aberdare in 1861 census.

Convict Changes History

Clive Ball on 12th April, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1811, gender, occupation, crime

Clive Ball on 1st January, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death 1868

Carol Axton-Thompson on 2nd January, 2014 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1808, occupation

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