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Thomas Oldfield (c. 1763–?)

Thomas Oldfield (c.1763- ), a woollen draper/dresser, and his sister Isabella, were found guilty on 20 July 1786 at Manchester of stealing a piece of lawn and two other pieces of cloth with a total value of 8 pence. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, the pair were sent to the Dunkirk hulk on 1 November 1786, where they remained until they embarked for New South Wales on the Friendship in March 1787.

Thomas Oldfield was a member of the nightwatch from 1789. He left the colony for Bengal on the Boddington in October 1793.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 268

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c. 1763
Skipton, Yorkshire, England

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Manchester
Trial Date: 20 July 1786


Occupation: cloth dresser


Left the colony: Yes