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Thomas Fleming (1798–1870)

Thomas Fleming was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a watch valued at five shillings. He arrived in Van Diemens Land in 1817 aboard the Sir William Bensley. He was described in the ship's indent as a labourer, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown hair, hazel eyes, aged 15 years.

He worked on road gangs near Oatlands and received a 'free certificate' on 10 May 1823.  On 2 October 1834 he was granted a licence to sell beer and spirits and built an inn, Tunbridge Well Inn. He applied for a grant of 60 acres in 1836. The inn was sold in 1840.

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Watlington, Oxfordshire, England


25 March, 1870 (aged ~ 72)
Oatlands, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years