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Thomas Peters (1775–1839)

Thomas Peters and William Douglas were found guilty on 31 July 1802 at the Yorkshire Assizes of stealing ten silver pints and a tankard. Peters' death sentence was commuted to life transportation. He arrived at Port Phillip (Victoria) aboard the Calcutta in October 1803 and was sent on to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Ocean, arriving in February 1804. His wife Ann née Hughes (or Hews) and young daughter, Elizabeth accompanied him on the journey.

Peters was granted an absolute pardon on 8 October 1810. On 1 January 1817 he was granted 100 acres at York Plains. Around this time he also ran the Duke of York hotel in Elizabeth Street, Hobart.

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Life Summary [details]


Yorkshire, England


21 July, 1839 (aged ~ 64)
Bagdad, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: death
Commuted To: life
Court: Yorkshire
Trial Date: 31 July 1802


Occupation: labourer


Children: Yes (8)