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Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson, one of 250 convicts transported on the Charles Kerr, 06 June 1837

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Richard Thompson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 12th May, 1840
Age: 23 years

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: Stealing
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Charles Kerr
Departure date: 6th June, 1837
Arrival date: 9th October, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 248 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 71 (37)
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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Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th June, 2020 wrote:

Richard Thompson

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842

Age: 20. Date of conviction: 2 Jan 1837
Place of Conviction: Central Criminal Court. Estimated birth year: abt 1817
Vessel: Charles Kerr. Port of Arrival: New South Wales
Date of Arrival: 9 Oct 1837
Read & Write.  Protestant. Single. Native Place: London
Trade or calling: Shoemaker’s apprentice. Offence: Stealing; Carpet
5 Ft 4 1/2 inches. Complexion: Ruddy. Brown Hair and Hazel Eyes

Date of Death: 12 May 1840. 15 Mile Creek. Murdered by the Blacks.
Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857)  Tue 2 Jun 1840 Page 4 Sydney News.

Extract of a letter, dated King’s River, Oven’s River, April 27th, 1840, addressed to J. W. Chisholm, Esq., by his overseer. ” I write to inform you of the blacks having been at the Heifer Station, on the Fifteen Mile Creek, and stripped the hut of everything, and murdered Richard Thompson. They speared him in the back-tomahawked him in the head-scarred him in several other places about the arms and hands, and cut his body out to procure the fat, and afterwards put him in the water-hole facing the hut. Two of Mr. Cropper’s fencers, were out at the station splitting stuff; they were stopping at the hut, and were at home to dinner, but saw no signs of any blacks about the station, but about half-past four, they heard Thompson’s dog barking at the hut very hard, but they thought it was the man putting some of the heifers into the paddock, and took no notice of it, and when they arrived at the hut at sundown…........

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 25th June, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1817 (prev. 0000), date of death: 12th May, 1840 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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