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Convict Name:Thomas Sharp Burkitt
Trial Place:London Gaol Delivery
Trial Date:27 October 1825
Sentence:7 years
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Ship:England (1)
Arrival Year:1826
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Born London, 1804, s/o Wm & Christian Burkitt.

THOMAS SHARP BURKETT was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of September , a crape scarf, value 30s.; a lace veil, value 20s.; two pairs of trowsers, value 20s., and a handkerchief, value 20s. the goods of William Elliott.
MR. ROBERTS conducted the prosecution.
ISABELLA ELLIOTT. I am the wife of William Elliott, an innkeeper of Bishopsgate-street; the prisoner came to our house on the night of the 27th of September, and asked for lodgings; he had a coat and a dressing-case in his hand, and a porter with him carrying a trunk; he said he had lived in Spitalfields, but had lately been in the country, and was going to Hertfordshire the next day; he slept there that night; he came down in the morning: he said he had slept too late, and should go by the afternoon's coach; he then went out, and did not return; the next day I wanted some articles out of the drawers in the room where he had slept, and then missed these articles; I afterwards had the prisoner's trunk opened, which had remained in my house; I found some of my articles there; I gave an account of this to the officer, and described his person and name, which was on some of his things, he was apprehended, and this handkerchief found in his hat.
JAMES LATTER . I live with Alexander Purse ; he is a pawnbroker in London-wall; I have two pairs of trousers which were pawned by the prisoner on the 28th of September; I am positive of his person.
CHARLES WORLY . I am a pawnbroker; I have a scarf and a lace veil, pawned by the prisoner on the 28th of September; I put several questions to him, and am positive of his person.
WILLIAM COX . I am a constable; I received information, and took the prisoner; I found a handkerchief in his hat, which he said belonged to Mr. Elliott.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY . Aged 21.
Transported for Seven Years .

"THE TIMES". London, Sat 29 Oct 1825.
OLD BAILEY NEW COURT, Fri. Oct. 28 (Before Mr Sergeant Arabin and a Middlesex Jury)
"Thomas Sharpe Burkitt was indicted for stealing various articles of wearing apparel, the property of William Elliott.
From the evidence it appeared that a short time back the prisoner, in the dress of a person who had just ended a journey, and followed by a porter, carrying a portmanteau, came to the prosecutor's house (an eating-house in Bishopsgate street,) and took breakfast, dinner, and tea there. He likewise slept in the house, and after breakfasting in the morning, went out, saying he would return in the evening and take away his portmanteau, and pay his bill. He, however, did not make his appearance in the evening, and the prosecutor then discovered that the prisoner had taken from a chest of drawers in the room in which he slept, various articles of female dress. It was proved that the prisoner had pledged some of the stolen property at different pawnbrokers".
The Jury found him Guilty.
The Court observed that the prisoner's relations were very respectable; to prevent them from being further disgraced by the prisoner, the sentence upon him would be transportation for life.

Transported "England 1".

Absconded & convicted as a Runaway by McIntyre from Patrick Plains on 12 Nov 1827. Sentence 40 days. Ordered to Iron Gang 28, Wallis Plains,Hunters River. 1828 Census still on Iron Gang 28. Cert. of Freedom 14 Nov 1832.

Worked for Solicitor Mr Norton for 16 mths. Then employed as a Collecting Clerk for Mr. Thomas Thompson, Butcher, Market St. 4 days after commencing work was sent to collect £6 money owed by customers which he lost. Was afraid to go back to Mr. Thompson without the money. When he was late for work next day Mr. Thompson went to Police. Was tried for embezzlement in Qtr Sessions 12 Dec 1835. Given a good character ref. from Mr Norton, whom it was revealed had obtained a passage back there for him, was found Guilty and sentenced to 12 mths on Iron Gang.

Died Parramatta Hosp. 25 Oct 1836. Bur. St. Johns, Parramatta.

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/6, p.20

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