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Thomas Stevens (1763–1831)

Thomas Stevens (also known as Thomas Stephens) was found guilty on 21 February 1789 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing 90 lbs of copper. Sentenced to 7 years transportation he arrived in Sydney in July 1791 aboard the Salamander. On 23 April 1792 he stowed away on the Pitt for Norfolk Island. Sometime after 1794 he began living with Mary Phillips. His occupation was listed as labourer and boats crew over the next few years.

In February 1813 Thomas, Mary and  three children left for Port Dalrymple, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Minstrel. The family settled at Norfolk Plains where Thomas was given a 60 acre grant and was appointed a district constable in 1815. He died on 18 August 1831 and was buried at Christ Church Cemetery, Longford.

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  • Stephens, Thomas

Derbyshire, England


18 August, 1831 (aged ~ 68)
Longford, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years