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Reuben Thouless

Reuben Thonless, one of 188 convicts transported on the Asiatic, 26 May 1843

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Reuben Thouless
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 17th July, 1825
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 1878
Age: 52 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: Theft
Convicted at: Norfolk, Norwich City General Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Asiatic
Departure date: 26th May, 1843
Arrival date: 23rd September, 1843
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 187 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/13, Page Number 311 (157)
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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Andrew Ryan on 15th March, 2015 wrote:

Also known as (phonetically identical) Reuben Thouliss.  Born in Norwich, Norfolk, England.  his crime was to steal a basket of butter.  Jail report suggests he was of bad character…

Tony on 27th January, 2020 wrote:

Reuben was son of Benjamin THOULESS and Susannah CHAPMAN.  Baptism on 17 July 1825 at St John Lakenham, Norfolk.  He was in 1841 census at Fullers Hole St Martin at Oak, Norwich.

“Reuben Thouless, a lad of 15, was charged with stealing a market basket, containing 21 half-pints of butter, the property of Jeremiah Abel, of Ring Road. The case against the prisoner was clearly made out. The young urchin put several adroit questions to some of the witnesses, and apparently with great confidence. He was found guilty, and a former conviction proved against him. His history in crime, according to the gaoler`s books was, that he had twice before been tried, nine times in custody, and six times charged with felony. He was sentenced to seven years` transportation”.

(Previous convictions found included:
in 1842 acquitted on larceny charge
1842 sentenced 1 month jail for larceny)

D Wong on 28th January, 2020 wrote:

Reuben Thouless was listed as 16 years old on arrival.

Brothers: Benjamin, John.
Sister: Susan.

Reuben could read, was single, protestant, 4’10½” tall, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, light brown eyes, scar on right arm, a cross on right arm, R.T.J.C.B.S. on left arm, 5 blue dots, anchor and 6 dots on left arm, rings and dots on ? finger left hand.

15/5/1849: TOL
4/9/1849: TOL revoked

11/5/1850: Free Certificate

18/6/1874 Geelong Advertiser, Vic:
Legislative Assembly estimates of expenditure…reward to Henry Robson, William Hirst, John M’Cabe, Emerson Robson, Reuben Thouless, John Nelson, and Joseph Morris, for the discovery of the Avoca Forest gold-field, £140.__Argus.

1876: VIC BDM - Margaret Ellen Castley married Reuben THONLIS.

There is also a birth for Margaret Ellen Castley born 1859 to John Castley and Elizabeth Norris.
(John Castley, b. 6 Sep 1822, Orton, Westmorland, England d. 21 May 1898, Lexton, Victoria, Australia, aged 75 years.
Elizabeth Norris, b. 1819, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland d. 6 Mar 1899, Lexton, Victoria, aged 80 years)
Married 18 Apr 1854 Caledonian Church, Inverbrackie, Adelaide, South Australia.
Margaret Ellen Thouliss died in 1896, aged 37.

1876: VIC BDM - Thomas Castley Thouless born, Father: Ruben..Mother: Margaret Castley.

1878: VIC BDM - Reuben Thouless, born Norwich England, died Mount Korong, aged 50.

Convict Changes History

Andrew Ryan on 15th March, 2015 made the following changes:

surname: Thouless (prev. Thonless), date of birth: 1827 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1878 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

Tony on 27th January, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 17th July, 1825 (prev. 1827)

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