Name Thomas SLATER
Country Of Origin England
Born 1817
Died unknown
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1817, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
Bapt. 23 March 1817, Saint Chad, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
Parents Thomas and Elizabeth Slater
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations No record found working in his trade in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
Marriage/Spouse 24 December 1855, St George’s Church, Hobart, to Eliza Tunny (d. 19 May 1856)
Trial 3 December 1845, Court Martial Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
Sentence Transportation for life for discharging a firearm at his superior officer, Sergeant Fogarty of 1st Dragoon Guards, with the intent to murder.
Arrival 17 February 1847 on the convict ship, Pestonjee Bomanjee, recorded as a watchmaker and labourer on arrival.
Police Number 19549
Convict Assignment
Ticket of Leave 13 November 1855, revoked in July 1856, reissued March 1857, revoked May 1857, reissued June 1858.
Conditional Pardon April 1860
Other Other occupations: Labourer, Soldier (1st Royal Dragoons, soldier, ten years), groom.

Held in Millbank Prison before transportation to Van Diemen’s Land.

Probation period: Port Arthur, three years and six months.

4 December 1855: Permission granted to marry Eliza Tunny, convict (ship, Anna Maria).

Thomas spent more than his probation period at Port Arthur. He and Eliza Tunny were both assigned to a Mr Courtenay there in the 1850s.

1850s: Absconded at least five times and punished with hard labour.
April 1857: Imprisoned for 12 months for absconding.

23 October 1860: Hobart Supreme Court, charged with stealing a sovereign, some silver, and a handkerchief from a Port Arthur constable on leave in Hobart. He was acquitted and discharged.

Death unknown
TAHO: CON33/1/84, CON14/1/37, CON52/1/7, RGD37/1/14 no383 Marriage 1855, SC32/1/8 1860, RGD35/1/5 no868 Death 1856 [Eliza Tunny].
Web: Female Convicts Research Centre database; Ancestry: England Select Births & Christenings 1817; Australian Convict Transportation Register 1846; Findmypast: Millbank Prison Registers, Male Prisoners, Volume 3, 1845.
Cornwall Chronicle 17 November 1855; Tasmanian Daily News 28 February 1857; Hobart Town Mercury 27 April 1857; Hobart Town Daily Mercury 28 May 1859; The Mercury (Hobart) 29 September 1860, 6 October 1860, 24 October 1860; Hobart Town Advertiser 6 October 1860; The Examiner (Launceston) 25 October 1860.