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Benjamin Thompson

Benjamin Thompson, one of 257 convicts transported on the Maria Somes, 03 May 1850

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Benjamin Thompson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1830
Occupation: Farm labourer
Date of Death: 3rd November, 1868
Age: 38 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Somerset. Wells Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Maria Somes
Departure date: 3rd May, 1850
Arrival date: 9th August, 1850
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 259 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 92, Class and Piece Number HO11/16, Page Number 250. Tasmanian Archives - convicts pg 238; indent pg 87 Tasmanian Pioneer Index BDM Benjamin's death registration number: 7628/1868, RGD 35, Place Hobart Tas
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

Leanne Clark on 10th February, 2013 wrote:

He married Judith/Julia/Margaret O’Neal/Neal/O’Neil,born In County Clare, Ireland and aged 21 on the 19/02/1855 in Hobart, Tasmania and they had 9 children.1. Maria B abt 1855(can not find birth or baptism for her).2. William b 19/11/1958. 3.James b 03/07/1860. 4.John b 10/01/1861. 5&6 George and Julia b 05/01/1864(Twins). 7. Henry b 18/10/1865. 8. Edward b. 09/08/1866. 9. Ellen b. 09/12/1868.

Carol Axton-Thompson on 10th February, 2013 wrote:

VDL Convict Conduct Record:
Convict no. 70161
Ship Surgeon’s Report: very good
Conviction: Steal 10lbs beef. Wells QS 04/01/1848. 7yr sentence.
Arrived VDL, per ‘Maria Somes’ 09/08/1850.

19yrs of age; born Burton; single; Protestant; 5’3 3/4”; sandy hair; fair, freckled complexion; brown eyes; farm labourer, can read & write.

Mother: Eddy
Brothers: John, Henry & George

Ticket of Leave 14/10/1850

22/01/1853: TL, assigned to King. Harbouring Mary Ann Keith, an absconder. Reprimanded.
26/02/1853: TL/King - unlawfully dstroy a tree - Fined 3 pounds.
29/03/1853: Ticket of Leave revoked.
08/07/1853L TL/King - misconduct in refusing to take a despatch to where ordered. Ordered out of district 1 week.
09/11/1853: TL/King - disobey orders in returning to lower part of Huon district where he had been ordered not to reside - allowed to remain on trial.

Free Certificate 04/01/1855

Marriage: 19/02/1855 Hobart district. Benjamin aged 24yrs - to Judith O’Neal aged 21yrs. ref. 579/1855-37.

Children registered on the BDM Index (I could find):
George & Julia 05/01/1864 Esperence district. Mother listed as “Margaret” (no surname). ref. 619/1864-33.
male child, name not given b. 09/08/1867 Esperence district. Mother - Julia O’Neal. ref. 386/1867-33.

(Often children born in these outlying areas were not on the registration, but simply baptised.)
From district location and convict record, they lived in the Huon valley, south of Hobart.

(A Benjamin Gilmour Thompson b. 1858 Launceston is not their child - his father was John.)

Death notice for wife Julia/Judith:
THOMPSON.-On January 19, at her late residence. Lady Bay, Julia, relict of the late Benjamin Thompson, in her 71st year, leaving a family of grown-up sons and daughters to mourn their loss. R.I.P. (Mercury 3/2/1899). Death ref: 881/1899-35 Southport district.

Death notice for son George:
THOMPSON. -On March 3, 1916, at the Hobart General Hospital, George, the beloved husband of Sarah Thompson (late of Queensland), and fourth son of the late Benjamin and Julia Thompson, of Lady Bay, aged 51 years. (Mercury 4/3/1916)

Obituary for son William, mentions parents;
Mr. William Thompson, aged 78 years, died at the residence of his sister, Mrs John Brown, Lady Bay, last Sunday. He was born at Waterloo, and was the eldest son of Mr.Benjamin and Mrs. Julia Thompson, who were among the pioneers of the Huon. Mr. Thompson spent most of his life at Lady Bay, having lived there for upwards of 50 years. He was engaged in the timber industry. The funeral took place at the Southport Roman Catholic Cemetery on Tuesday, the Rev. W. Fitzpatrick officiating. (Mercury 3/9/1936)

Death notice for son Henry:
THOMPSON.-On March 1, 1947, at Hobart, Henry, beloved son of the late Benjamin and Julia Thompson, of Lady Bay, in his 82nd year. Re- quiescat in peace.(Mercury 3/3/1947)

(P.S. not related to myself)

Convict Changes History

Leanne Clark on 10th February, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of death 3rd November, 1868, gender, occupation, crime

Carol Axton-Thompson on 10th February, 2013 made the following changes:

source, date of birth 1830, occupation

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