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Robert Tomlinson

Robert Tomlinson, one of 297 convicts transported on the Nile, Canada and Minorca, June 1801

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Robert Tomlinson
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1761
Occupation: File-cutter
Date of Death: 19th January, 1845
Age: 84 years

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 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Nile, Canada and Minorca
Departure date: June, 1801
Arrival date: 14th December, 1801
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 298 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 294
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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Chris Tomlinson on 1st July, 2015 wrote:

Arrived on prisoner transport ship “Canada”. Served his sentence and was granted 50 acres of land 10 Sep 1818, probably in the Parramatta area.

D Wong on 2nd July, 2015 wrote:

Old Bailey:
ROBERT TOMLINSON, Theft > theft from a specified place, 22nd June 1796.

Reference Number: t17960622-32
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 40s
Punishment: Transportation

ROBERT TOMLINSON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 31st of May, a silver watch, value 40s. the property of William Thompson, in the dwelling-house of John Harris.
I lodge in New-court, Peter’s-lane, Cow-cross , with one John Harris, who keeps the house: On Tuesday the 31st of May, my comrade being a soldier, was going upon duty to the Tower, and he told me my watch was gone; I was in bed at the time; I missed my watch from the nail, at 20 minutes past four; I saw the watch hanging there; my comrade got up about five, and it was then missing; the prisoner said he was without a lodging, and I took him in to sleep in the same room that night; I went to his master, he is a file maker, and enquired for his lodgings; I went to his lodgings in Noble-street, the back of St. Giles’s, and his wife and child were frightened because he had been out all night; I met the prisoner by St. Giles’s church, at twelve o’clock; I asked him for my watch, and he told me he had pawned it for 25s. I told him if he would return me the watch I would not hurt him; he said, he had not a farthing in his pocket, he had paid it all away to where he owed it; I found it at a pawnbroker’s in Holborn; I sent for a constable to Bow-street, and when he got to the Brown Bear, the constable asked him if he had got any money, and he said, yes; and he told out 25s. and a knife with two blades out of his pocket, and he gave me the duplicate.
I am servant to Mr. Dobree, in Holborn, a pawnbroker, (producing the watch); the prisoner at the bar pawned it; I never saw him before, but I am sure that is the person.
I was sent for to take the prisoner into custody, for stealing Thompson’s watch; the prosecutor gave me this duplicate, (producing it).
Thompson. This is my watch, I know it by the seal; and the number of the watch 9127.
Q. What is the value of it? - A. Forty shillings; I gave that for it.
Q. How long ago? - A. Five years.
Prisoner’s defence. This man, being a soldier in the guards, asked me to inlist with him, and I was agreeable to it; and he gave me six shillings in part of ten guineas bounty, and he told me I might pawn the watch the night before, but it was too late; and the next morning I got up and took the watch, and pawned it.
Q. (To Thompson.) Did you talk at all about his pawning the watch? - A. No, nothing like it; I did give him six shillings on account of inlisting in the guards.
GUILTY, (Aged 27.)
Of stealing to the value of 25s.
Transported for seven years .
Robert was actually 35 years old when he was tried, born 1761. He was married with 1 child.

C1805 Robert married Sarah Lester (Glatton 1802).  They had 2 daughters, Ann born in 1806 and Phoebe born on the 6th June 1809, who married the sons of the Mobbs family.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
TOMLINSON, Robert. Per “Canada”, 1801
1808 c.Apr: Files received from by the Lumberyard, Parramatta, between 26 Jan and 20 Apr 1808 (Reel 6040; ML Safe 1/51 p.129)

1808 Apr-1809 Nov 28: Supplier of saw files. On list of persons from whom stores received at Lumber Yard, Parramatta (Reel 6020; 2/8131 pp.2-5)
1808 Nov 12-1809 Jun 10: File cutter. On list of persons receiving iron etc from Lumber Yard, Parramatta (Reel 6020; 2/8131 pp.23, 24, 27, 33, 34)

1809 Nov 24: On list of all grants and leases of town allotments registered in the Colonial Secretary’s Office (Fiche 3268; 9/2731 p.232)

1810 Jun 5:Member of Parramatta Loyal Association; listed as Tomilson (Reel 6042; 4/1725 p.15)

1814 Apr 30; 1815 Apr 22: Government file cutter. Salary paid from the Police Fund (Reel 6038; SZ758 pp.491, 517 & SZ759 p.95)

1816 Jan 1: Juror at inquest on John Cunningham held at Parramatta (Reel 6021; 4/1819 p.141)

1818 Sep 10: Of Parramatta. On list of persons to receive grants of land in 1818 (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.50)

1822 Sep 30-1823 Sep 30: Of Parramatta. On lists of persons to whom convict mechanics have been assigned (Fiche 3296; X53 pp.35, 51, 66, 81)

1823 Apr 5: On return of allotments in the town of Parramatta (Fiche 3265; 4/7576 p.6)

1824 c.Apr, Oct 8: Of Parramatta. On lists of defaulters in payment for assigned convict mechanics (Reel 6061, 4/1778 p.265i; Fiche 3293, 5/3821.1 p.6)

19/1/1845: Robert died aged 84 at Parramatta.
Sarah died in 1837 aged 53 and was buried at St John’s, Parramatta.

Convict Changes History

Chris Tomlinson on 1st July, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1769 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1845 (prev. 0000), gender: m

Chris Tomlinson on 1st July, 2015 made the following changes:


D Wong on 2nd July, 2015 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1761 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th January, 1845 (prev. 0000), gender: m, crime

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