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Item: 71436
Surname: Pamphlet
First Name: Thomas
Ship: Guildford 1812
Date: 1819
Place: -
Source: CSI
Details: Labourer in brickmaking gang. Petition for mitigation of sentence


 
Item: 166554
Surname: Pamphlet (alias Groom)
First Name: Thomas
Ship: Guildford 1812
Date: 8 June 1811
Place: Perseus Hulk moored at Portsmouth
Source: UK Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books. Ancestry
Details: Age 24. Tried at Lancaster 10 September 1810 and sentenced to 14 years transportation. Admitted to the Perseus hulk from Lancaster on 8 June 1811


 
Item: 61385
Surname: Pamphlett
First Name: Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 1815 1 April
Place: Newcastle
Source: SG
Details: Absconded from Newcastle settlement


 
Item: 135641
Surname: Pamphlett
First Name: Thomas
Ship: -
Date: 1826 29 March
Place: -
Source: SG
Details: Four convicts on a fishing expedition from Illawarra wrecked on Moreton Island. Thomas Pamphlett, John Finnegan - John Thompson and Richard Parsons. Thompson died, Parsons disappeared. Finnegan and Pamphlett found by John Oxley on his expedition to Moreton Bay


 
Item: 70039
Surname: Pamphlett
First Name: Thomas
Ship: Guildford 1812
Date: 1814 12 October
Place: -
Source: CSI
Details: Lieut. Thompson Commandant at Newcastle instructed that Pamphlet be wrought in double irons and strictly watched to guard against desertion


 
Item: 70040
Surname: Pamphlett
First Name: Thomas
Ship: Guildford 1812
Date: 1815 April, October
Place: Newcastle
Source: CSI
Details: On monthly returns of prisoners punished at Newcastle


 
Item: 166551
Surname: Pamphlett
First Name: Thomas
Ship: Guildford 1812
Date: 1822
Place: -
Source: Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons. State Records of New South Wales/ Ancestry
Details: Brickmaker. Tried 10 September 1810 and sentenced to 14 years transportation. Granted Conditional Pardon


 
Item: 166555
Surname: Pamphlett (alias Groom)
First Name: Thomas
Ship: Guildford 1812
Date: 1 September 1810
Place: Lancashire
Source: The Lancaster Gazette
Details: Thomas Pamphlet, otherwise Thomas Groom, was committed to our Castle, for stealing a light bay mare, at Bostock in Cheshire, and which was sold at Manchester by the prisoner. George Harris, James Groom, and John Groom are also committed to our Castle; G. Harris and J. Groom for stealing a piece of woollen cloth from a shop at Northwich and which was found in Manchester, and the said James Groom for receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen


 
Item: 166552
Surname: Pamphlett (alias Groom)
First Name: Thomas (alias James)
Ship: Guildford 1812
Date: March 1823
Place: -
Source: Geographical Memoirs on New South Wales by Barron Field.
Details: Thomas Pamphlett's account of being castaway in the Moreton Bay area with Richard Parsons and John Finnegan until they were rescued by explorer John Oxley......We left Sydney, March 21st, in a large open boat, of twenty-nine feet six inches extreme length over all, and ten feet beam, belonging to William Farrel and Richard Parsons, for the Five Islands, to take in cedar. The crew consisted of Richard Parsons, John Finnegan, John Thompson, and myself. We had a considerable quantity of provision, flour, pork, &c. for the purpose of buying cedar, and four gallons of water and five of rum. About four o'clock the same evening, when within seven or eight miles of our destination, a violent gale came on from the west, which forced us to lower all sail, and keep the boat before the sea. The night came on with heavy rain and increasing wind, but we did not lose sight of land till shut out by darkness. The gale continued with unabated violence for five days, when it moderated; but the sea continued to run so very high, that we were still obliged to keep the boat before it, without being able to carry any sail till the eleventh day, viz. 2d April, when the sea being much fallen we made sail, supposing that the current had drifted us to the southward, and that we were then off Van Diemen's Land. We had no compass, but we steered by the sun, as near as we could guess, a N.W. course, expecting very soon to make the land in the neighbourhood of the Five Islands, our original destination. Our small stock of water was totally expended on the second day, and the rain we caught in the commencement of the gale was so spoiled by salt water, that we were forced to throw it away. Our sufferings were dreadful for the following thirteen days, having nothing to drink but rum. We were almost unable to speak, and could with difficulty understand each other. John Thompson, a Scotchman, the best hand in the boat (having been an old man of war's man), had become quite delirious from drinking salt water, and was totally useless to us. On the fifteenth day (6th April), a heavy shower of rain fell, and our sails being lowered and spread, we caught about a bucket and a half; but from the sails having been so much drenched with saltwater, it was almost useless to us. On the eighteenth day (9th April), a light mizzling rain fell, when we caught a bucket-full, which was much better. Thompson recovered a little on getting some of it, but still continued severely purged and otherwise affected by the salt water he had drank. We still continued steering the same course, N.W. as we imagined, till the nineteenth day (10th April), when about eleven o'clock A.M. John Finnegan having gone up to the mast-head, said that he saw land right a-head, which he declared to be the headland of Port Stephen, he having formerly worked there



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