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Thomas Abbott (c. 1767–1812)

Thomas Abbott (c.1767-1812) was found guilty (as Thomas Abbot) on 15 September 1790 at the Old Bailey, London, of highway robbery: he stole a silver watch valued at 40 shillings, a watch chain valued at 12 pence, two cornelian stone seals valued at 10 shillings, and a leather pocket book covered with needle-work valued at 12 pence. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he arrived at Sydney aboard the Albemarle in October 1791 as part of the Third Fleet.

Abbott had purchased 30 acres at Mulgrave Place in 1794. By 1800 he had cultivated 29 acres, and owned 60 pigs and one horse. By 1806 he was living with Ann Clark (Indispensable), was now working as a dealer, and rented out 15 of his acres to Abraham Kemp. Abbott was still working as a dealer when he was buried on 5 August 1812 at Sydney; his age was given as 45.

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  • Abbot, Thomas

c. 1767
London, Middlesex, England


4 August, 1812 (aged ~ 45)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: highway robbery
Sentence: 7 years