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Saturday, January 21, 2012


Today I discovered that Sydney's first burial ground, located where the Sydney Town Hall now stands on the corner of George and Druitt Streets, contained the remains of a Thomas Evett.
He was buried on 5 April 1793, five years and three months after the penal colony of New South Wales officially came into being on 26 January 1788.
According to the records of historian Thomas D Mutch, he had a headstone bearing two words: 'EVITT. Convict.'
Neither the Tasmanian Archives or the Queensland State Library have any convict record of him.
QSL has two 'Evett' convicts:
Elizabeth, arr. 1795
Samuel, arr. 1833
This information comes from the British convict transportation registers.
TA has no entries for 'Evitt' or 'Evett', but three for 'Levett':
Thomas arr.1823
Elizabeth arr.1833
John, arr.1846
The name 'Thomas' was passed down religiously in my maternal grandfather's family.
He called himself 'Tom', despite his real name being Archibald.
And his only son has 'Thomas' as one of his middle names.
Update 29-1-12
I just found Thomas Evatt, convict, on
He was convicted on 22 April 1789, Middlesex, England and tried at Old Bailey in London.
Departed England January 1791 on the 3rd Fleet and arrived at Port Jackson (Sydney) in September 1791.
Update 2-2-12
Today I found in my local library a book containing more information about Thomas Evatt/Evett, convict.
According to Third Fleet Families of Australia, Thomas was born in London and arrived on the Salamander on 21-8-1791.
He died on 4-4-1793 at Sydney Cove, and was buried at [the parish of] St Philips.
In the meantime he had married Mary Brown (GS) and had a daughter, Mary Jnr.
She was born on 21-7-1792 at Sydney Cove.
Mary Brown Snr was born in Kent and arrived on 9-7-1791 on the Mary Ann as a convict.

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