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William Thomas

William Thomas, one of 220 convicts transported on the Batavia, October 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Thomas
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1797
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 13th February, 1857
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 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Bristol Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Batavia
Departure date: October, 1817
Arrival date: 5th April, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 219 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 385 (194)
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

Denis Pember on 16th November, 2015 wrote:

In the colony; William had a de facto relationship with Mary Bowerman (nèe Partridge). Mary was the daughter of the First Fleet convict couple, Richard Partridge and Mary Greenwood.
Mary’s only husband George Bowerman whom she married in 1814 was hanged for highway robbery in 1820, but subsequently found, on the evidence of one of his ‘accomplices’, to be innocent. William Thomas was assigned by the government to work Mary’s property as compensation for the wrongful hanging of her husband George Bowerman. All the 6 children born to Mary and William, kept Mary’s married name of Bowerman.

Denis Pember on 16th November, 2015 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref T0574] Thomas, William, 28, FS, Batavia, 1818 , 7 years, Farmer, Assigned to Mrs Bowerman.
[Ref T0575], Thomas, Mary Ann, 3, BC.
(This is a daughter of the couple, who later took the name Mary Ann Bowerman.
See: [Ref B1792] Bowerman, Mary, 30, BC, Landholder, Field Of Mars. 40 acres, 30 cleared and cultivated, 1 horse.
[Ref B1793] Bowerman, George, 10, BC. (This is a son from the first marriage.
[Ref B1794] Bowerman, Richard, 4, BC. (This is a son to William and Mary - born 4 years after the husband was executed!)
They had a further 4 children.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 16th November, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1797 (prev. 0000), date of death: 13th February, 1857 (prev. 0000), gender: m

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