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For Considering Selfs

Thomas Self (1800-1874)

Thomas ‘Selfe’, a butcher, was transported in 1822 for housebreaking. When he broke from the chain gang at Jericho, his second attempt to escape, they ordered he be sent to Macquarie Harbour. Awaiting the transfer, Self broke out of Hobart gaol, which earned him 100 lashes. He helped another escapee, and was given seven days on the Tread Mill. He was 15 years under sentence before he gained freedom.
After 13 years in the colony he married convict Mary MacDonald. She died in 1853, and two months later he asked for permission to marry Elizabeth Capel.
Soon after he set himself up as a draper, a most respectable occupation, at 108 Collins Street Hobart. The venture flourished, enabling Thomas to buy several properties nearby. At the time of his death in 1874, Thomas Self was a wealthy businessman.

Illustration showing a convict flogging. Thomas Self received 100 lashes for breaking out of gaol after already being caught attempting to escape.
Illustration showing a convict flogging. Thomas Self received 100 lashes for breaking out of gaol after already being caught attempting to escape.

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