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Yours Was a Hero's Crown

Thomas Beeton (1798 - 1867)

From a well-known family of London goldsmiths, and possibly of Jewish descent, it’s thought Thomas’ real name was Isaac. His aliases were many: Baden, Beaton, Beadon, Beardon, and even Herbert.
A Thomas Beardon was tried at Old Bailey in 1817 for shoplifting, and sentenced to seven years’ transportation. A Thomas Baden was transported on the Lady Castlereagh in 1818, though his offence was not recorded.
Under sentence Thomas was based in Launceston, and appointed ‘constable’, but later was dismissed for ‘neglect of duty’. Once free, he set sail for the islands in Bass Strait, making a life on Gun Carriage Island.
As a Straitsman, for a two-month season each year he would have joined the seal hunt, for oil and fur. For the rest of the year the Straitsmen raised crops and farmed hens, sheep, pigs and goats.

Since the year 1824 I have been cleared out from the Port of Hobart to work the islands in the Straits in the pursuit of seals in which calling I have remained to the time of my being driven from the island... <br /><br /> - Thomas Beedon to Colonel Geo. Arthur ca.1831.<br /><br /> Aboriginal women were often stolen from their tribes and forced to help the sealers.  Through their expertise the sealers were able to eke out an existence on the Bass Strait islands.
Since the year 1824 I have been cleared out from the Port of Hobart to work the islands in the Straits in the pursuit of seals in which calling I have remained to the time of my being driven from the island...

- Thomas Beedon to Colonel Geo. Arthur ca.1831.

Aboriginal women were often stolen from their tribes and forced to help the sealers. Through their expertise the sealers were able to eke out an existence on the Bass Strait islands.

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