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William Thompson

William Thompson, one of 238 convicts transported on the Lord Petre, 03 July 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: William Thompson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1820
Occupation: Dyer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Stirling Court of Justiciary
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Lord Petre
Departure date: 3rd July, 1843
Arrival date: 15th October, 1843
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 237 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 363 (183)
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

D Wong on 24th September, 2013 wrote:

Two William Thompson’s on this voyage.

William was 24 years old on arrival, and was transported for picking a man’s pocket and stealing 10/6.

William was single, protestant, could read and write, intelligent, 5’7 1/2” tall, fresh complexion, black hair and whiskers, dark brow eyes and his native place was Paisley.

15/4/1845: Released from 1st stage of Probation.
20/1/1846: Admonished for being drunk - his only offence.

24/10/1848: TOL
15/10/1850: COF

28/4/1849: Married Sarah Bickley (Asia) at Buckland, Tasmania.  They had 1 son, James Bryson Thompson in 1851.

William either died in 1851 or disappeared after the birth of his son.

Sarah remarried a James Greenwood.

Helen Mckee on 28th February, 2016 wrote:

William Thompson died on 4th June 1857 in Mia Mia near Muckleford (Castlemaine area) where he was a Butcher. His wife Sarah Bickley stabbed him to death. She was sentenced to 12 months for manslaughter which was served in Melbourne gaol.  He is buried in Castlemaine Cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 24th September, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1820, gender

D Wong on 24th September, 2013 made the following changes:

occupation, crime

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