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Thomas Willis

Thomas Willis, one of 230 convicts transported on the Isabella, April 1818

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Willis
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1801
Occupation: Shoemaker
Date of Death: 1882
Age: 81 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 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Bristol Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Isabella
Departure date: 3rd April, 1818
Arrival date: 14th September, 1818
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 230 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 11 (7)
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

Denis Pember on 7th October, 2017 wrote:

In the colony, Thomas married Catharine Trainer in 1826 at Parramatta.
They had a large family, at least 11 children in the next 26 years.
Catharine was the daughter of Patrick Trainer (Irish Convict, 1796, “Marquis Cornwallis”) and Mary Connor (Convict, 1807, “Sydney Cove”).

Denis Pember on 7th October, 2017 wrote:

The family appears in teh 1828 census records.
Page 399….
[Ref W2125] Willis, Thomas, 27, ticket of leave, Isabella, 1818, 7 years, shoemaker, Sydney.
[Ref W2126] Willis, Catherine 18, born in the colony.
[Ref W2127] Willis, Thomas 10 months, born in the colony.
[Ref W2128] Willis, Henry, 25, free by servitude, Atlas 3, 1819, shoemaker, Sydney.
## Note the last entry, Henry, must be Thomas’s brother. He was also convicted at Bristol and was transported in 1820 on “Atlas”.

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 7th October, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1801 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1882 (prev. 0000), gender: m

katrina willis on 22nd July, 2018 made the following changes:


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