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Thomas Saunders (1765–1846)

Thomas Saunders was sentenced to seven years transportation for the theft of a pig valued at 40 shillings. He arrived in Sydney in 1791 aboard the Matilda as part of the Third Fleet. His occupation was given as labourer in the ship's indent.  After he became a free man he was granted 30 acres of land at Mulgrave Place. By 1800 he had 25 acres wheat sown, 6 acres maize to be sown and 20 pigs.

In 1822 he was recorded as having 110 acres. Cleared: 55 acres, Cultivated, 35 acres wheat, 10 acres maize, 8 acres peas & beans, 1 acre potatoes, 1 acre garden & orchard, 30 bushels wheat, 40 bushels maize held, 3 horses, 43 horned cattle, 42 hogs.

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Alternative Names
  • Sanders, Thomas
  • Sawnders, Thomas



3 September, 1846 (aged ~ 81)
New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years