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Thomas Underhill

Thomas Underhill, one of 290 convicts transported on the Exmouth, 03 March 1831

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Underhill
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 25th March, 1816
Occupation: Blacksmith
Date of Death: 6th March, 1898
Age: 81 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Stealing trousers
Convicted at: Warwick Assizes
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Exmouth
Departure date: 3rd March, 1831
Arrival date: 28th July, 1831
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 289 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 33 (19)
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

Nick Gregory on 29th April, 2016 wrote:

The first Underhill to come to Bega. He is a direct ancestor to nearly every Underhill in Australia. Thomas Underhill was a convict who arrived in the colony, at Port Jackson, on the 28th July 1831 aboard the ship “Exmouth”. The ship had sailed from Woolwich in England on the 2nd March 1831, a voyage of 148 days. Thomas had been tried and convicted at the Warwick Assizes on the 27th March 1830 and sentenced to transportation for life. He was 15 years old. Following his arrival he was employed as a blacksmith at Cowpastures near Campbelltown. In 1833 he rode overland to Goulburn and then to the Monaro district and on to Twofold Bay and finally to the head of the Kiah River. He was the first white man to travel through the districts in that route. He obtained a job as a blacksmith at the Imlay Brothers shipbuilding business at their whaling station at Snug Cove which is the present site of Eden. He then became a steersman in the Imlay’s whaling fleet but eventually moved to Bega to help build the Imlay’s station at Tarraganda where they bred horses, cattle and sheep. He was the first to drive a bullock wagon to Dry River and first to plough Pandula Flats where he grew turnips.

Convict Changes History

Nick Gregory on 29th April, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 25th March, 1816 (prev. 0000), date of death: 6th March, 1898 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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