Name Thomas BENNETT
Country Of Origin England
Born 1814
Died unknown
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1814, Handley, England
Parents Mother: Ann,
Step-father: Joseph Peak
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Clockmaker, Watchmaker
Work Locations No record found working in his trade in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Trial 18 October 1841, Leicester Borough Quarter Sessions
Sentence 15 years transportation for stealing a purse containing a £5 note, three half-crowns, and two shillings in silver, from Sarah Booth.
Arrival 11 August 1842, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the convict ship, Surrey (4)
Police Number 6434
Convict Assignment Convict probation period: three years on Maria Island.
Assignments: Longford, Launceston, Perth, Morven (Evandale), William Gibson of Eskdale.
Ticket of Leave 14 November 1848
Conditional Pardon 25 March 1851
Other 1841 England: Clockmaker to Mr Hawthorne at Handley.

Following his trial in England in 1841, Thomas spent four months on the hulk Fortitude at Chatham, Kent, before departing for Van Diemen’s Land.

Convict probation period: Three years, Maria Island.

Convict assignments: Longford, Launceston, Perth, Morven (Evandale), William Gibson of Eskdale.

12 August 1851: Departure to Melbourne on the ship City of Melbourne.

Death unknown
TAHO: CON33/1/27, CON14/1/13, CON28/1/1, POL220/1/1.
Leicester Chronicle 23 October 1841 (British Newspaper Archive); Brittania & Trades’ Advocate 27 March 1851.
Ancestry: UK Prison Hulk Registers & Letter Books 1841 – 1842.