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Stephen Tool

Stephen Tool, one of 200 convicts transported on the Albion, 17 May 1823

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Stephen Tool
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1805
Occupation: Errand boy
Date of Death: 1826
Age: 21 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 Life

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Albion
Departure date: 17th May, 1823
Arrival date: 21st October, 1823
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 199 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/5, Page Number 53 (28)
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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D Wong on 19th June, 2014 wrote:

Old Bailey:
STEPHEN TOOLE, Theft > burglary, 11th September 1822.
STEPHEN TOOLE was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Scott, about eleven o’clock in the night of the 29th of July, at St. Margaret, Westminster, with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing eighteen handkerchiefs, value 2 l. 10 s., his property.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 16.
Recommended to Mercy, by the Prosecutor and Jury, on account of good Character.

Stephen was 17 on arrival, he was 5’7” tall, brown hair, dark grey eyes, scar left corner of mouth, ST MT on left arm, pricked ring finger.

14/11/1825: Hobart Town Gazette:
Saturday last, a bale of slop clothing was stolen from the wharf at the Commissariat’s store, to discover “which, ‘we believe, a clue has already been found. On the same day, Mrs. Pearce of the Joiner’s Arms Inn, whose suspicion had been excited by hearing the voice of a man named John Turner, standing alone near a window of her house opening to the garden, as if in conversation with another, went round the house, and on looking through another window of the same room, in which the baggage of Mr. Bickford, lately arrived by the Mountaineer, had been placed, discovered his companion, named Stephen Tool, busily engaged tying up a large bundle of clothing, every trunk and package was open and his bag stuffed full o’ silver spoons and other articles of plate.  She immediately called Mr. Pearce, who burst open the door and had nearly secured the villain when he broke away, closely pursued along Liverpool-street, where running into a shop, under pretence to buy some article, he evaded his pursuers. He was, however, secured next day.

21/1/1826: Hobart Town Gazette:We are sorry to learn that Stephen Toole, who robbed Mr. Bickford, at Mr.  Pearce’s, escaped from gaol yesterday morning. We are authorised to state that a Reward of Twenty Pounds will be given for his appprehension.

28/1/1826:  Stephen Toole, the thief who escaped from gaol last week, was apprehended next day ‘near the Black Snake.  He is now on his way to Macquarie Harbour, onboard the Waterloo.

17/3/1826: Hobart Town Gazette:
Last month, Stephen Toole, William Humpage, and George Clay, 3 notorious, characters,  absconded from the Penitentiary,  and met a watery grave.  The body of Clay was picked up some time after with some fish-hooks tied round his neck.  Two others, John Allways,  and Charles Bond also absconded from the main and were met by the blacks,  who there show a very hostile disposition,  and were put to death with spears and stones in the most barbarous manner.

Convict Changes History

D Wong on 19th June, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1805 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1826 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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