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George Thompson

George Thompson, one of 208 convicts transported on the Lady Harewood, 24 March 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: George Thompson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1811
Occupation: Hatter
Date of Death: 17th May, 1830
Age: 19 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 51 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Lady Harewood
Departure date: 24th March, 1829
Arrival date: 28th July, 1829
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 273 other convicts

References

Primary source: TAHO (Register CON22-1-2). Old Bailey. UK Prison Hulk Registers HO9/7. Tasmanian Libraries. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number H011/7, Page Number 20
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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Iris Dunne on 23rd May, 2020 wrote:

Description List No.443: aged 20, Trade Hatter
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON18-1-12$init=CON18-1-12p47

Conduct Record: George Thompson, Lay Harewood 1829, Tried 23 Oct. 1828, Transported for Burglary, Well known to Police, Hulk report Orderly, Married, Previous conviction for Assault, 3 months, 23 March 1830 Felony, Executed 17th may 1830
https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-42$init=CON31-1-42p151

Iris Dunne on 23rd May, 2020 wrote:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
GEORGE THOMPSON,
Theft > burglary, 23rd October 1828.
Before Mr. Justice Park.

1958. GEORGE THOMPSON was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of George Frederick Young , on the 29th of September , at St. Anne , and stealing therein 3 silver mugs, value 3l.; 1 silver waiter, value 5l.; 1 tea-pot, value 10l.; 8 spoons, value 2l., and 1 ladle, value 2l., his property .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

GEORGE FREDERICK YOUNG. I live at Limehouse , in the parish of St. Anne. On the 29th of September I slept at home, and was awoke by a tapping at my door, a little after two o’clock in the morning - I found Johnson, my servant, at my door, and in consequence of what he said I armed myself with a brace of pistols; I went over the house, and at last came to the foot of the stairs, to an area which leads into the garden - I found one of the pannels of the area door cut out, and laid outside; the door was perforated with holes all round, and the door itself was open: on returning up stairs, and going out at the street door, I met Long - I saw the prisoner close at my street door, with Long; I went to the watch-house, and was shown a silver mug and soup-ladle: I afterwards saw eight silver tea-spoons at Lambeth-street office - the silver mug had a cypher on it, which I positively swear to; the other articles were not marked, but I have not the slightest doubt of their being mine.

Prisoner. Q. When I was apprehended, did you not say you would blow my brains out? A. I said it was fortunate for you that I did not catch you in the house, or I should have blown your brains out.

Q. You said, “Let the rascal go, and I will blow his brains out?” A. I did not.

MICHAEL LONG . I am a sailor. On the 29th of September, about half-past two o’clock in the morning, Mr. Young spoke to me in the street, and in consequence of what he said I watched at the back of his garden wall - I saw a young man drop from the wall, and about a minute afterwards I saw another man drop - that was the prisoner - I attempted to stop him; he lifted his hand up, with something in it, and said, “I will cut you down if you don’t let me pass;” I could not see what it was - he passed me; I followed him, and came up to him; I was about three yards from him, and saw him heave this silver mug away - I stooped, and picked it up; I put it into my pocket, ran. and collared him, about twenty yards from where I took up the mug; I had never lost sight of him, and am quite certain he is the person who dropped from the wall - Norris came up, and I gave it to him.

RICHARD JOHNSON . I am servant to Mr. Young. On the 29th of September I was alarmed in the night, and awoke master; the area-door was shut and barred the night before and the pannel safe - I afterwards saw Long with the prisoner; I did not see any body drop from the wall.

JOSEPH ADAMS . I am beadle of the night. I was at the watch-house between three and four o’clock in the morning, when the prisoner was brought in; I searched him, and found a soup-ladle, the stock of a centre-bit, two centre-bits, a gimblet and dark-lantern; I asked his name, he said I might guess it, but in the morning he gave his name George Thompson: Lee, the watchman, brought the mug to me.

JOHN LEE . I am a watchman of Limehouse. I was on duty, about two hundred yards from Mr. Young’s garden, a little after two o’clock in the morning, and saw two persons making towards me; the one who has escaped threw two jugs into the river, which was afterwards dragged; I saw the prisoner running and pursued him; I saw something shining in his hand - I came up when he was taken, and asked him where the property was which I had seen in his hand, and this jug was given to me by Long; when he saw me, he turned round, and I saw something shining in his hand - I did not see him stopped, but came up soon after.

JOHN NORRIS . I am an officer of Lambeth-street. On the 30th of September I searched the prisoner at the office,and found eight silver tea-spoons in his drawers, rolled up in his shirt, between his legs.

Prisoner. Q. Were you not told to search me by a person who gave you half a crown, to prevent his going to the House of Correction? A. Certainly not; he was under no charge whatever, nor under any suspicion; the prisoner said the grabbers on this side of the water were very good, for they did not half search, and from that I thought I would search him.

JOHN LEE . I am an officer of Lambeth-street. I went to Mr. Young’s house on the 30th of September, and brought this pannel away, (producing it) here are twenty or thirty marks of two different centre-bits on it; I applied the two centre-bits to it - one of them fitted the marks, and the gimblet fitted the hole in the middle.

RICHARD JOHNSON. I am servant to the prosecutor. I believe these eight tea-spoons to be Mr. Young’s; he had eight of that description and I missed them; there is R. T. on the back, which was on his - it is the maker’s initials - he had a sonp-ladle of this description, no mark is on it, but from its appearance, I believe it to be his; the mug I know - it has the cypher on it.

MR. YOUNG. The river was dragged, and a tea-pot produced to me; the value of all the property lost could not be less than 30l.; there was a silver waiter which I have heard nothing of - I know this mug.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 17.
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t18281023-3

Prison Hulk ship Retribution moored at Woolwich, aged 17, Received 15 Dec. 1828 from Newgate Prison, Transferred 17 March 1829

Convict Changes History

Ruby Smith on 23rd May, 2020 made the following changes:

date of death: 1837 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Iris Dunne on 23rd May, 2020 made the following changes:

source: Tasmanian Libraries. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number H011/7, Page Number 20 (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number H011/7, Page Number 20), date of birth: 1809

Iris Dunne on 23rd May, 2020 made the following changes:

source: TAHO (Register CON22-1-2). Old Bailey. UK Prison Hulk Registers HO9/7. Tasmanian Libraries. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number H011/7, Page Number 20 (prev. Tasmanian Libraries. Australian Joint Copying Pro

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