THE 1788 - 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE

Thomas Burke
        
Born: c.1781 – of Co Galway.
Arrived Sydney: 16th December 1818.
Vessel: Earl St Vincent.
Status: Convict – 7 years.
Occupation: Labourer.
Died:
Buried:

Profile:
During the Macquarie era, Thomas was tried at Queen’s Co in March 1818 & on his arrival his assignment is not known but he may have been employed on the roads in September 1821.

After the Macquarie era, in the General Muster of 1822 Thomas is listed in the Clearing Party of Mr Rose at Liverpool.  In June 1823 he was assigned to F E Forbes of Sydney. 

He received his Certificate of Freedom on 3rd March 1825 & in the 1823/4/5 General Muster is listed as a labourer, free by servitude, living in Sydney.
   
In November 1827 Thomas absconded from Iron Gang 4.  The 1828 Census lists him living at Petersham possibly with family members.  He was possibly in gaol in March 1829.  His Certificate of Freedom was found on another convict in June 1830 & destroyed.  In March 1837 he was in Sydney gaol.

Research is ongoing.

Researched and contributed by Association member, F O’Donnell.

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