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Thomas Worrall

Thomas Worrall, one of 180 convicts transported on the Almorah, April 1817

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Worrall
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Uttering forged notes
Convicted at: Stafford Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Almorah
Departure date: April, 1817
Arrival date: 29th August, 1817
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 178 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 344
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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Maureen Withey on 31st December, 2019 wrote:

Free Pardon.
Tasmanian Record. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-2$init=CON13-1-2 (Doc dated 20 Jan 1820)
Thomas Worral, Tried at Stafford Ass. 1Aug 1816, 14 years.

Maureen Withey on 31st December, 2019 wrote:

His Excellency the GOVERNOR in CHIEF’S free pardon is awarded, at the recommendation of the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, to James McGill, who had previously an emancipation, and to Thomas Worrell, crown servant, for their exertions and services in the case of Michael Howe.
Hobart Town Gazette, 9 Jan 1819.

Maureen Withey on 31st December, 2019 wrote:

GOVT. AND GENERAL ORDERS.  GOVT. HOUSE, HOBART TOWN,
Saturday, October 24th, 1818.
HIS HONOR the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR has the Satisfaction to make known that MICHAEL HOWE, the Murderer and Robber whose Crimes have so loudly called for Public Justice, whose Perseverance in his Career and Rejection of proffered Mercy for former Offences will long remain impressed upon the Minds of the Inhabitants of this Colony, was overtaken in the neighbourhood of the Shannon River on the 21st Instant, by WILLIAM PUGH, a Private of the 48th regiment, accompanied by THOMAS WORRELL, Crown Servant; and after a severe Struggle, was killed.
The LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR cannot too strongly Commend the Activity, Intelligence, and Spirit of Private William Pugh; Qualities which he had full Reason to expect in that Soldier from the Recommendation which he had received from Major BELL, commanding the Detachment at this Station, to which he belongs, for Bravery and good Conduct upon Foreign Service; and the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR will not fail to Recommend him to His EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR in CHIEF for the greatest Favor which he can receive.
The Conduct of Thomas Worrell also, which was highly deserving of Praise on this Occasion, will be laid before HIS EXCELLENCY, with the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S Request and Recommendation for his Free Pardon and Passage to England.
By Command of His Honor The Lieutenant Governor, H. E. Robinson, Secretary.
Hobart Town Gazette, 24 Oct 1818.

Maureen Withey on 31st December, 2019 wrote:

Tasmanian Conduct Record. https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON31-1-45$init=CON31-1-45p21
He went to NSW by Almorah and to VDL by the ship Pilot.
Record mentions:
24 Dec 1821- Neglect of duty as constable.
11 Jan 1822 - Illegally removing spirits without a permit.
June 19 1828 - Profaning the Sabbath by exposing meat for sale in his shop in Liverpool St.

Maureen Withey on 31st December, 2019 wrote:

At Stafford Assizes, Samuel Whislance, for uttering forged notes, T. Worrall, for a like offence at Wolverhampton, were to be transported fourteen years.
Worcester Journal, 15 Aug 1816.

The following story, (not factual, but part based on fact) appeared on the front page in the Hobart Town Courier, 21 March 1829, and is an extract from the Military Sketchbook, and is followed by a paragraph on page 2.

JACK WORRALL. - He was entrapped into the mutiny of the Nore, but the only part which he took in the proceedings, was writing out in a fair hand several papers for the mutineers, and this he declared he did for no other purpose than to indulge his own vanity, in displaying his fine writing, upon which he had highly valued himself. He was tried after the surrender of the mutineers, and transported for life to Van Diemen’s land. It was now said he determined to make a push for the capture of this villain Mich. Howe, for which he was promised a passage to England in the next ship that sailed, and the amount of the reward laid upon his head. I found out a man of the name of Warburton, who was in the habit of hunting kangaroos for their skins, and who had frequently met Howe during his excursions, and sometimes furnished him with ammunition. He gave me such an account of Howe’s habits, that I felt convinced we could take him with a little assistance. I therefore spoke to a man of the name of Pugh, belonging to the 46th regiment - one whom I knew was a most cool and resolute fellow; he immediately entered into my views, and having applied to Major Bell, his commanding officer, he was recommended by him to the Governor, by whom I was permitted to act, and allowed to join us; so he and I went directly to Warburton, who heartily entered into the scheme, and all things were arranged for putting it into execution. The plan was thus:– Pugh and I were to remain in Warburton’s hut, while Warburton himself was to fall into Howe’s way. The hut was on the banks of the river Shannon, standing so completely by itself, and so out of the tract of any body who might he feared by Howe, that there was every probability of accomplishing our wishes, and ‘scotch the snake,’ as they say – if not kill it. Pugh and I accordingly proceeded to the appointed hut: we arrived there before day-break, and having made a hearty breakfast, Warburton set out to seek Howe. He took no arms with him, in order to still more effectually carry his point; but Pugh and I were provided with muskets and pistols.  ” The sun had been just an hour up, when we saw Warburton and Howe upon the top of a hill, coming towards the hut. We expected they would be with us in a quarter of an hour, and so we sat down upon the trunk of a tree inside the hut, calmly waiting their arrival. An hour passed but they did not come, so I crept to the door cautiously and peeped out – there I saw them standing, within a hundred yards of us, in earnest conversation ; as I learnt, afterwards the delay arose from Howe’s suspecting that all was not right. I drew back from the door to my station, and in about ten minutes after this we plainly heard footsteps, and the voice of Warburton:- another moment and Howe slowly entered the hut – his gun presented and cocked. The instant he spied us, he cried out, ‘Is that your game? — and immediately fired; but Pugh’s activity prevented the shot from taking effect, for he knocked the gun aside. Howe ran off like a wolf. I fired but missed. Pugh then halted, and took aim at him, but also missed. I immediately flung away the gun and ran after Howe.  Pugh also pursued – Warburton was a considerable distance away. I ran very fast – so did Howe; and if he had not fallen down an unexpected bank, I should not have been fleet enough for him. This fall however brought me up with him ; he was on his legs and preparing to climb a broken bank, which would have given him a free run into a wood, when I presented my pistol at him, and desired him to stand: he drew forth another, but did not level it at me.  We were about fifteen yards from each other – the bank he fell from between us. He stared at me with astonishment, and to tell you the truth, I was a little astonished at him, for he was covered with patches of kangaroo skins, and wore a long black beard – a haversack and powder horn slung across his shoulders.  I wore my beard also – as I do now; and a curious pair we looked like. After a moment’s pause, he cried out, ‘Black beard against grey beard for a million “– and fired – I slapped at him, and I believe hit him, for he staggered; but rallied again, and was clearing the bank between him and me, when Pugh ran up, and with the butt end of his firelock knocked him down again, jumped after him, and battered his brains out, just as he was opening a clasp knife to defend himself.” — The Military Sketch Book.
The Hobart Town Courier, 21 Mar 1829

The Military Sketch book from which the extract in our front page is made, appears to be the work of some maker of books for the London booksellers, collected from different hands. The narrative, therefore, though in most instances tolerably correct, is sometimes a jumble of anachronisms.  Jack Worral, with the beard aged 75, means, we presume, Thomas Worral, now in this island, lately a butcher in Liverpool street, aged as nearly as we can guess from his personal appearance about 35.
Hobart Town Courier, 21 Mar 1829

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 31st December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: m

Maureen Withey on 31st December, 2019 made the following changes:

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