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Eather, Thomas (1764–1827)

Thomas Heather (known as Eather in New South Wales) was sentenced to fourteen years transportation for highway robbery – stealing a silver watch worth 40 shillings and 50 shillings in cash. He arrived in Sydney in 1790 aboard the Neptune as part of the Second Fleet. He began living with Elizabeth Lee in 1791 soon after her arrival in the colony. In 1797 he was given a grant of 30 acres of land; 16 acres had been cleared by 1801. In that same year he was granted a conditional pardon.

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  • Heather, Thomas
  • Eader, Thomas

15 July, 1764
Bexley, Kent, England


22 March, 1827 (aged 62)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years