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Lieutenant Thomas Thompson

Commandant at Newcastle 1814 - 1816

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Lieutenant Thomas Thompson was appointed Commandant at Newcastle in February 1814.....

His Excellency the Governor and Commander of the Forces has been pleased to appoint Lieutenant Thomas Thompson of the 46th Regiment to be Commandant of the Settlement of Newcastle; and also a Magistrate in that Settlement, during his Continuance in command of it

The Salary of Lieutenant Thompson, as Commandant of Newcastle, will commence from the date of his receiving the Charge thereof from Lieutenant Skottowe, the present Commandant.

The Detachment of the 46th Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant Thompson under Orders for Newcastle will embark on board the Colonial Brig Endeavour, on Monday next at 3 o'clock.

With a View to prevent the married Soldiers of the 46th Regiment from putting themselves to unnecessary Expenses in purchasing Houses for their families to live in, the Commander of the Forces requests Lieutenant Colonel Molle will be so good as to apprise them, that after the Embarkation of the 73rd Regiment takes place, no soldier, married or unmarried, will be permitted to live out of Barracks, as there will then be sufficient Accommodation for the whole of the 46th Regiment in the Barracks.

By Command of His Excellency, The Governor and Commander of the Forces, H.C. Antill, Major of Brigade

Convict Pirates

In March 1814 just one month after Lieut. Thompson's arrival in the Settlement, four convicts - Edward Scarr, Joseph Burridge, Herbert Styles and John Pierce - made a daring escape in the sloop Speedwell. Read Lieut. Thompson's correspondence to Governor Macquarie re. the account of their escape here.

Notes and Links

1). Lieutenant Thomas Thompson of the 46th regiment was appointed Captain of a Company, without purchase, vice Campbell who was promoted in the Royal East India Rangers.. Dated 7 September 1815 - Edinburgh Gazette

2). Captain Thomas Thompson of 46th regiment was appointed Major, by purchase, vice Nairn, who retired. Dated 21st June 1831. - London Gazette

3). The Memoirs of James Hardy Vaux were dedicated to Lieutenant Thomas Thompson Commandant at Newcastle 1814 - 1816 - Internet Archives

4). Commandants at Newcastle included -

March 1804 - February 1805 - Lieutenant Charles Menzies

March 1805 - 20th March 1805 - Ensign Cadwallader Draffen

20th March 1805 - December 1805 - Charles Throsby

December 1805 (Temporary) - Lieutenant William Lawson

December 1805 - September 1808 - Charles Throsby

September 1808 - December 1808 - Ensign Villiers

December 1808 - February 1810 - Lieutenant William Lawson

February 1810 - December 1811 - Lieutenant John Purcell

December 1811 - February 1814 - Lieutenant Skottowe

February 1814 - June 1816 - Lieutenant Thomas Thompson

June 1816 - December 1818 - Captain James Wallis (46th regiment)

December 1818 - 1823 - Major James Thomas Morisset


Sydney Gazette 9 February 1814

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