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Thomas Woods (1796–1848)

Thomas Woods (alias Yarwood) was convicted of breaking into the shop of Thomas Woodyer, a tailor and draper, of Waverham, Cheshire, England, stealing a quantity of woollen cloth, of the value of 10 shillings, as well as two one-pound notes and a quantity of silver and copper.

Woods was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was one of 200 convicts transported to Sydney aboard the Indefatigable in October 1814. He was given a ticket of leave in 1827 and an absolute pardon in 1830.

According to family history he died on the New South Wales goldfields. He was clubbed to death by Aboriginals.

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Alternative Names
  • Yarwood, Thomas

Waverham, Cheshire, England


17 August, 1848 (aged ~ 52)
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life