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Thomas Jones (c. 1765–1805)

Thomas Jones (c.1765-1805?), a bricklayer, and Jeremiah Leary were found guilty on 30 March 1784 at Bristol, England, of breaking into a house. Their death sentences were commuted to 14 years transportation on 31 May 1784. Sent to the Dunkirk hulk on 18 August 1785 the men were dispatched to the Friendship in February 1787 and arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Jones was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. Jones was off stores, working two acres in March 1792. He was still at Norfolk Island in 1796. There was a Thomas Jones still living on the island in 1805. A 'Jones', freeman, who died on Norfolk Island on 7 June 1805 may have been Thomas Jones.

information from

  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 200
  • HMS Sirius 1786-1790 website — accessed 19 January 2021

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'Jones, Thomas (c. 1765–1805)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1765
Warwickshire, England


1805 (aged ~ 40)
Norfolk Island, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 14 years
Court: Bristol
Trial Date: 30 March 1784


Occupation: bricklayer