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Thomas Adams (c. 1779–1830)

Thomas Adams (c.1799-1830), a labourer, was sentenced to life transportation on 4 March 1813, at Hertford, Hertfordshire. He arrived at Sydney aboard the General Hewitt in February 1814. He was described as being 22 years old, 5 feet 7½ inches (171.4 cms) tall, with a dark pale complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was assigned to George Thomas Palmer at Windsor as a government servant.

Adam's was granted a conditional pardon on 5 June 1815 and by 1822 was listed as a landholder at Richmond. He married Amelia Gordon in 1816; no record of any children has been found.

Thomas Adams was buried on 17 April 1830 at Richmond; his age was given as 36.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1779
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England


16 April, 1830 (aged ~ 51)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: life
Court: Hertfordshire
Trial Date: 4 March 1813


Occupation: labourer