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Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams, one of 296 convicts transported on the Palmerston, 08 November 1860

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Williams
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1837
Occupation: Groom
Date of Death: 19th February, 1921
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 10 years

Crime: Horse theft
Convicted at: Kent, Maidstone General Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Palmerston
Departure date: 8th November, 1860
Arrival date: 11th February, 1861
Place of arrival Western Australia
Passenger manifest Travelled with 295 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 93, Class and Piece Number HO11/18, Page Number 336 (170)
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

Damien Williams on 30th May, 2016 wrote:

Employed as a labourer at Springfield, Capel for four years, from June 1863 to June 1867. Thomas Williams (convict no.5839) had been sentenced in 1859 to ten years for horse stealing. He had arrived on the Palmerston and was given his ticket of leave two years later. He was awarded a conditional pardon in October 1867.

I believe this is almost certainly the same Thomas Williams who married Elinor/Eleana/Elena Dilley on 2 March 1867 and settled in Capel, and died 19 February 1921. I believe his birth year was 1837 and not 1827 as indicated in the court and ship records. I remember sighting an image of the court record where the poorly formed ‘3’ in the year was mistaken as a ‘2’.

Convict Changes History

Damien Williams on 30th May, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1837 (prev. 0000), date of death: 19th February, 1921 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation, crime

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