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Thomas McSorley, Escaped Convict, Melbourne, Australia, 1856

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Thomas McSorley, Escaped Convict, Melbourne, Australia, 1856
“The Argus” [Melbourne, Australia] 2 Feb 1856

Extracted, Transcribed & Submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia


In yesterday’s [Victorian] Government Gazette a reward of £6 has been offered for the apprehension of THOMAS McSORLEY, a convict, who effected his escape on the 10th ult. from the woodcutting gang belonging to the Pentridge [Coburg, Melbourne] Stockade The following particulars are appended to the proclamation of reward - THOMAS McSORLEY is a native of Tyrone, in Ireland, 5 ft 5½in. high, swarthy, has dark brown hair and grey eyes, and is 28 years of age. He is a gardener. Marks; scars on left eyebrow and left cheek, burn mark outside right arm, lower part, scar on the tip of right forefinger and the first joint of the second finger of the right hand, blue mark inside of left arm, lower part scar on the palm of the left hand near the wrist, large boil mark under the right side of the breast, large boil mark above the navel, boil mark on the cap of the right knee, two burn marks below the left knee outside, cut inside left shin He arrived at Adelaide [South Australia], 1863, on board the ship “California”, and was convicted at Ballaarat on the 21st July, 1865, of wounding with intent. Further particulars - He was transported from Ireland in 1845,to Van Diemen’s Land [Tasmania] per Radcliffe, was in the police at Port Esperance and Westbury, V D L., and also in the police force at Ballaarat or Castlemaine, and shot a man for not showing his license for which he received a sentence of three or six months He has since been living at Mr. Dewey's, farmer about nine miles from Port Fairy, next to Mr. McGuire's station and is supposed to have gone there again When last seen he was in the vicinity of the Caledonian gold fields.

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