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Thomas Faro (1778–1859)

Thomas Farro was sentenced to life transportation for stealing a horse. He arrived in Sydney in 1802 aboard the Perseus. By 1809 he was living in Launceston. He received a conditional pardon in 1810 and married Ann Cossans at Launceston on 18 March 1811. Following her death in 1840 he married Ann Williams. In that same year they moved to Victoria.

In 1842, Thomas, with his partner William Mallard, obtained a depasturing license for 640 acres on the lower Surrey River (now Narrawong). The Faros then operated a dairy farm on Darlott's Creek. About 1848 they moved to Yangery/Farnham, near Port Fairy, and farmed there until Thomas's death in 1859.

* further information: Peter McKay, A Nation Within a Nation: The Lucas Clan in Australia (2004), p 306

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Farrow, Thomas

Maldon, Essex, England


3 April, 1859 (aged ~ 81)
Purnim, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life