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John Thomas Holgate (1779–1831)

John Thomas Holgate was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a silver watch. He arrived in Sydney in 1801 aboard the Canada. His occupation was given as labourer. In 1802-03 he worked on government public works projects and in 1803 was assigned to work for William Cox. He continued to work for Cox after being granted a certificate of freedom in 1805. Around 1808 he began a relationship with Mary Ann Mitchell. There is no evidence that they married.

In 1819 he moved to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) with Mary Ann Mitchell and their four children aboard the Glory of Richmond. In the 1820 Muster his occupation was given as labourer and in 1825 he was recorded as having 'laboured under the severe affliction of ill health for a number of years'. His children were recorded in 1828 as "in distress" while "their father from illness and lameness, is unable to labour in any way for the support of himself or his family."

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Alternative Names
  • Holdgate, John Thomas
  • Auldgate, John Thomas
  • Algate, John Thomas
  • Auldgate, John Thomas
  • Oldgate, John Thomas

Hampshire, England


1831 (aged ~ 52)
Longford, Tasmania, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years