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Thomas Tonge

Thomas Tonge, one of 120 convicts transported on the Minstrel, 05 April 1825

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Tonge
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Convict servant
Date of Death: 15th March, 1851
Age: 46 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Highway robbery
Convicted at: Lancaster Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Minstrel
Departure date: 5th April, 1825
Arrival date: 22nd August, 1825
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 120 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 247 (145)
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

leonie Eason on 31st August, 2016 wrote:

Thomas died as the result of an accident. fell over cliff while attempting to secure 2 goats. Fractured scull and died soon after
Maitland Mercury and Hunter River Advertiser NSW

D Wong on 3rd September, 2016 wrote:

11/9/1824 Lancaster Gazette Lancashire, England:
Thomas Tonge, aged 25, was then put to the bar, charged, on an indictment, with having robbed on the highway, Mr. Robert Hampson.

4/12/1824 Lancaster Gazette Lancashire, England:
Thomas Tonge, to be transported for life.

1832: TOL Maitland

1836: Married Elizabeth Shaw at Maitland C of E. (No children found).

1/1/1840: CP
15/3/1845: Absolute Pardon.

4/3/1843 Maitland Mercury, NSW:
NEW APPOINTMENT.-Mr. Thomas Tonge has been appointed inspector of slaughter houses, and of cattle intended to be slaughtered, in the district of Maitland, in the room of Mr. James Kelly, who has resigned.

9/9/1846 Maitland Mercury, NSW:
Inspector of Slaughter-houses.-Thomas Tonge was, on Monday last, dismissed from his appointment as inspector of slaughter-houses and watchhouse-keeper, in consequence of misconduct. We leam that Mr. George Wood, chief constable of Maitland, will receive the first situation, whilst constable M’Guinness, now stationed at Morpeth, will be appointed to the latter.

19/3/1851 Maitland Mercury, NSW:
FATAL ACCIDENT.-On Saturday evening Thomas Tonge, an elderly man in the employment of Mr. Graham, of the Crown and Anchor Inn, Morpeth, went to assist in bringing home a goat that was browsing on the verge of the precipice near Mr. Graham’s, between the upper and lower roads, Morpeth. Tonge was seen by two persons to entice the goat with a little grass, and then to take up a rope tied to the goat ; one person, standing underneath, saw him pulling at this rope, which suddenly appeared to reak or slip? when Tonge fell back, and rolled over the precipice, a depth of some fourteen feet, falling on his head, which struck a large rock.
The fall fractured his skull, and he never spoke or moved afterwards, dying almost immediately.
Tonge was formerly lockup keeper at West Maitland, but latterly had become quite a cripple, from rheumatism and the effects of an accident. An inquest was held on the body on Sunday, before Mr. Parker, when a verdict of accidental death was returned, the jury requesting the Coroner to communicate with the owner of the land as to the necessity for putting a fence on the top of the precipice for protection.

Convict Changes History

leonie Eason on 31st August, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 15th March, 1851 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

D Wong on 3rd September, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: m, crime

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