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Eccles, Thomas (1737–1814)

Thomas Eccles was sentenced to seven years' transportation for stealing a flich (side) of bacon and two loaves of bread. His age was recorded variously in prison records as 43 to 55. He arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet aboard the Scarborough.

In Sydney he was convicted of being drunk and stealing vegetables from the garden where he worked. He was sent to the work at the brickfields. In March 1789 he was sent to Norfolk Island where he began living with fellow convict, Elizabeth Bird. They were one of nearly 100 couples who were married on the Island in November 1791. He had a one acre Sydney Town lot. By June 1793 he was selling maize to the government from his clearings. In 1789 he was granted a conditional pardon and in 1796 an absolute pardon. Eccles returned to Port Jackson with his wife on the Porpoise in 1801.

He leased an acre of land at Parramatta to raise vegetables and kept some hogs. He died on 2 April 1814.

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'Eccles, Thomas (1737–1814)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/eccles-thomas-24901/text33461, accessed 6 August 2020.

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