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Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson, one of 250 convicts transported on the Argyle, 05 March 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Thompson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Devon Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Argyle
Departure date: 5th March, 1831
Arrival date: 3rd August, 1831
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 250 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 43 (24)
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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Maureen Withey on 30th September, 2019 wrote:

Devon County Sessions
Thomas Goslin, Richard Thompson, John Jones, Nicholas Wood, Mary Thompson, and Louisa Goslin were indicted for unlawfully breaking grave and indecently carrying away the body of Thomas Webb. Mr Tyrell and Mr Praed appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Tonkin for the defence. Elizabeth Brooks stated that she saw the body of her father, Thomas Webb in the coffin, and was present when it was screwed down, and did not leave the room till she followed the body to   the grave at Damerel churchyard. The peace officers, Messrs. Ellis, Day, Nosworthy, and Halse , gave evidence to their watching for and having heard persons digging in the yard, of having seen three men taking something to a house at Mill Pleasant, the residence of Gosling, and where on the next morning they found two bodies, one of which was identified by Elizabeth Brookes, as the body of her father;  that they found all the prisoners in the house with the exception of Wood, who was the grave digger, and that they found a turn screw, a hammer, &c. and also two parcels of human teeth. They took the five persons into custody. Evidence was also given to prove the connexion existed between Wood and the other prisoners, and also of his having confessed that he had assisted the others by only loosely filling the grave, and giving other information, and that he knew of or bodies having been removed. Gosling and his wife appeared very respectably dressed, and the former took notes, and several times handed them over to his legal adviser. Thompson and his wife, and also Jones, (who stated his name to be Quin) appeared to be in the employ of Gosling. Other details have already been before the public. The court was very full, the jury after short consultation, returned a verdict of guilty against all the prisoners except Mary Thompson, no evidence having been given of any participancy in the act by her, except of her being found in the house. They were next charged, under a similar indictment, with carrying away the body of Eliza Margaret Hangar. The evidence in this case was very similar to the former, and a verdict of guilty was again returned against all the prisoners, except Mary Thompson. They were put back to be tried for two indictments of felony.
Western Times, 11 December 1830

Devon General Sessions
Thomas Goslin, 40, Richard Thompson, 23, John Jones, alias Quinn, 27, Louisa Goslin, 30 and Mary Thompson, 20 were charged with entering the churchyard at Stoke Damerel and disinterring and carrying away the bodies of Thomas Webb, and Eliza Margaret Hanger; and were further indicted for stealing the clothing in which these bodies were habited. Mary Thompson was acquitted, and the remainder of the prisoners being found guilty, two charges, of misdemeanour, were severally directed imprisoned one week on each in Bridewell; and being further tried the case of felony, were found guilty, and directed to be transported seven years. - Nicholas Wood, the grave digger, at Stoke Damerel, for assisting in the above transaction, was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment in Bridewell.
Sherborne Mercury 20 Dec 1830

Maureen Withey on 30th September, 2019 wrote:

Tasmanian Indent: https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON14-1-2$init=CON14-1-2p11
Trade- bricklayers lab. Native of Greenwich. Single, Roman catholic, could read and write. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON14-1-2$init=CON14-1-2p12
Under heading Relations, he stated” My reason for saying I was married when taken into custody was I had a young woman living with me 6 or 7 months. Sister Bridget, the ? in Wapping, a coal heaver, sister-in-law Mary Cowburn in Greenwich.

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 30th September, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

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