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Thomas Smith (c. 1762–1787)

Thomas Smith (c.1762-1787), Samuel Midgley and William Shore were found guilty on 22 March 1785 at Lancaster, Lancashire, of stealing foods from a house. Their death sentences were commuted to 7 years transportation on 13 April 1785. Sent to the Ceres hulk before July 1785 they were dispatched to the Alexander in January 1787.

Thomas Smith died at sea on 4 July 1787, ten days before crossing the Equator.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 408

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1762


4 July, 1787 (aged ~ 25)
at sea

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Key Places
Convict Record

Crime: theft (house)
Sentence: death
Commuted To: 7 years
Court: Lancashire
Trial Date: 22 March 1785