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Thomas Roker Gosper (1768–1847)

Thomas Gosper was found guilty of 'feloniously cutting, damaging, and spoiling' a headfast (three pieces of rope) affixed to a certain vessel, called a lighter on 23 November 1786...the property of Edward Thorne and James Ogle and was tried at the Surrey Assizes, England, on the 2nd April 1787 (under the name of Thomas Gosport). He was sentenced to seven years' transportation and arrived in Sydney aboard the Suprize in June 1790.

In 1794 he was granted 30 acres of land on the Hawkesbury River and was later granted a further 100 acres at Freeman's Reach. He married Mary Ann Hipwell in 1810.

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Alternative Names
  • Gosport, Thomas Roker

10 May, 1768
Surrey, England


21 September, 1847 (aged 79)
Colo, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Surrey
Trial Date: 2 April 1787