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Thomas Plank
Hulk used for imprisoning prisoners awaiting transportation
Interior of a convict ship (Src. )

Thomas Plank (Bapt: 26 Mar 1780 in Marden , Wiltshire (WILLIAM3, JOSEPH2 PLANCK, STEPHEN1) Occ: Agicultural Laborer Burbage;  d: 24 Sep 1832 in Sydney

Thomas PLANK  mar: 29 Aug 1807 in All Saints Church, Burbage, Wiltshire to his bride Jane Julie* Angelica Stone  ( signed (X) - method banns) Their witnesses Clara STONE (Julie's sister) and Philip NEALE

His wife Julie Stone (Bapt: 07 Mar 1779 Church of England; All Saints Church, Burbage, Wiltshire - her parents were Charles Jnr Stone and mother: (Jenny) Jane Smith)

Their children:

i. ANN PLANK (bapt: Burbage 24 Jul 1808; d. 14 Jul 1862, Papanui Road, Christchurch, New Zealand.) She mar: JOHN GUILFORD on 5 Apr 1834 in Easton Royal, Wiltshire, son of WILLIAM GUILFORD and ANN SMITH. He was b: 14 Oct 1810 in Easton Royal, Wiltshire, and d: 01 Jun 1895 in Wanganui Hospital, New Zealand.

ii JANE PLANK (bapt: Burbage 20 May 1810;  d: 18 Dec 1812 child; bur: Burbage)

iii WILLIAM PLANK (bapt: Burbage 07 Jun 1812)

iv PLANK Charles (bapt: Easton Royal 16 Oct 1814) 

v. JOHN PLANK (b. 1817, Easton Royal, Wiltshire.)

vi. JANE PLANK (b. 20 May 1820, Burbage.)

vii. SARAH PLANK (b. 15 Dec 1822, Easton Royal, Wiltshire.)

Census 1841: Residence Easton St, Wiltshire - Julie Plank, Head age 63Y; Dau Sarah age 18Y; Son John age 24Y;  John's wife, Elizabeth nee Smith, age 23 and Grandson Charles 2Y

1851 Census Wooten St, Wooten rivers, Wiltshire; Julia Plank age 72Y b: Burbage Wiltshire Widow Occ HouseKeeper

First name(s) Thomas Last name PLANK
Birth year 1780
Event year 1813 Day 13 Month July
Prison County Destination Sent to Assizes
Parish Marden Place Wiltshire Country England
Type Accused or convict
Notes - Record set Wiltshire Quarter Session Calendars 1728-1890
Category Institutions & organisations
Subcategory Courts & legal - UK Collections

 
 
 
 
Thomas Plank was sentenced to 7 yrs  and was one of 189 convicts transported to Sydney, NSW on the Asia 1 which departed on 1 Apr 1822 - Master Thomas L Reid; Surgeon James A Mercer;
 
Convict Ship Asia 1
 
Arrived Port Jackson (Sydney) on 24 July 1822. No deaths on voyage - Prisoners said to be in good health - Guard was a detachment of the 3rd Regiment (Buffs) commanded by Ensign Carmac.
 
Convict prisoners were housed in the Sydney Hyde Park Barracks and worked in government gangs.
 
On 12 Jan 1824, Thomas appeared in the Sydney court for stealing a jacket, hat and (sox? - hard to read)  He along with other prisoners who had committed secondary crimes,  is transported 19 Jan 1824 from the Sydney Goal to Port Macquarie on the "Lady Nelson" to serve the remainder of his original sentence.
The settlement was a living hell - a place of isolation and their days structured by enforced hard labour to deter repeat offending. A place of limited liberties - even to be in possession of letter and writing papers could get a convict a hundred lashes, their days were spent cutting and preparing timber for shipment to Sydney.
 
4 Yrs later, after serving his time: "Sydney Morning Herald" 17 May 1832

 
Hyde Park Convict Barracks, Sydney
 
 

Above - Thomas Plank's Certificate of Freedom

 
                                                
 

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