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Thomas Wheeler (c. 1772–1820)

Thomas Wheeler was sentenced to 7 years transportation at the 1801 Queens County Session in Ireland. He arrived in Sydney in 1802 aboard the Atlas. In 1806 he was living with Mary Donald/McDonald and on 8 February 1819 he married Elizabeth Carver; their son had been born the previous year.

In 1812 an agreement dated 1st September 1812 between Thomas Wheeler and Michael Bryan (who was next to ‘Thomas Whelan’ in the convict muster of the Atlas) saw the transfer of a 35 acre farm in the district of Castlereagh to Wheeler. Wheeler was listed in the 1814 muster as a landholder at Windsor with one child off stores — Mary Ann who was born in about 1810 (there is no record of her birth, her mother was possibly Mary McDonald).

Wheeler died at Richmond on 13 February 1820; his age was given as 58.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Whelan, Thomas
  • Whalen, Thomas

c. 1772


12 February, 1820 (aged ~ 48)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years