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Thomas Collicott (c. 1768–1834)

Thomas Collicott (c.1768-1834), manager of a medicine shop, was found guilty on 15 January 1812 and 19 February 1812 at the Old Bailey, London, of forgery and counterfeiting. His death sentences were reduced to life transportation.  

Collicott arrived at Sydney in October 1813 aboard the Earl Spencer. He was described as being 42 years of age, 5 feet 4¾ inches tall, with a fair complexion, black hair and hazel eyes. He was granted a ticket of leave in 1814. By 1816 he was living with his second wife, Mary Allen née Lickford, the widow of Richard Allen, a London physician. (Allen had formerly owned the medicine shop where Collicott worked.) Mary worked as the matron at the Sydney Female Orphan School and Collicott's position was described as master. He was granted a conditional pardon on 1 January 1817. He resigned as master of the Female Orphan School in December 1820 on account of his wife's ill health. He was still listed as master in March 1821. In February 1823 he was described as master of the Female Orphan School, Tasmania. He was granted 500 acres at Carrick, Tasmania, in January 1823.

Thomas Collicott died on 10 January 1834 at Sydney.

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c. 1768
London, Middlesex, England


10 January, 1834 (aged ~ 66)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: forgery
Sentence: death
Commuted To: life
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 15 January 1812


Occupation: store manager
Married: Yes
Children: Yes (6)