Thomas Hawkless 1799 - 1881


Thomas' life
Mary Ann Wraight
Hannah Knott
Elizabeth Sloan



Log of Changes made to the Site

Thomas Hawkless
(due to the source, accurate identification almost certain - thanks Norm for enhancing image)

See photographs taken 19 April 2005 from very old Hawkless album

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Trip to Victoria - Margot and Pam - 23 April to 7 May 2005

NEW Trip to Victoria - Margot and Pam - 4-11 October 2008

  Is Thomas Hawkless an ancestor of yours?

The adjacent photograph shows Annie Woodcock, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, with her husband and children. The young man on left, born 1893, died of wounds at Gallipoli in August 1915.

This is one of the many photographs that are included in this site. Do consider contributing to the family's history - advise of errors, send anecdotes or photographs for the website or just ring or email to say G'day. It would be wonderful to have more to put on the site. Let me know if you have problems with any of the links.

Margot Hawkless (Lee): Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
mhawkless at gmail dot com - phone (02) 6583 6707 or 0410 598 033

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See also Annie and William years earlier

How did the website begin?

This site was published to the internet in March 2002 and intended to bring together a central store of information on the life of an English convict, Thomas Hawkless (originally Hawkley) - transported from England (Kent) to Australia (Sydney) in 1829. 

Since early 2001, my sister Pamela and I have delighted in uncovering snippets of "family" history. Our initial focus was on the union of our paternal great-great-grandparents, Thomas Hawkless and Eliza Sloan (who married in 1843), but during our research we stumbled on broader family connections in the Australian state of Victoria and in New Zealand through children from Thomas' first marriage (prior to his transportation) to Mary Ann Wraight in England. He married second wife and fellow convict, Hannah Knott, in Bathurst NSW in 1838 but Hannah died in 1842.

Two surviving children (of four) from his first marriage migrated to Australia from England as adults. The first was John Hawkless, who arrived in Sydney in August 1842 aboard the ship Florentia followed (at John's encouragement) by his sister Mary Ann who arrived with her husband James Bartlett and seven children in June 1861 aboard the ship Lincolnshire. They selected land at St Helen's and one of Mary Anne and James' descendants, grandson Thomas Bartlett, built his first home on the site and named it "Manunda" - after the ship on which he met his wife Irene.

Modern technology has revolutionised communication and now many of Thomas' descendants have been in contact via the internet. Long-lost and newly-found relatives visit with each other and are in contact via phone, email and normal mail. 

Email addresses of descendants who would be pleased to learn more (or share what they know) of Thomas and his families are listed on the Contacts page.

Information and contact names come to hand regularly and as more information on the family history is uncovered, this will be shared via the website.  At this stage, we have only published names of people not living or born earlier than 1920. Descendants named on this site are provided for contact purposes and have consented to their inclusion.


Click on the links down the left hand side of this page: Additional links on other pages lead to successive generations and several have links with stories and photographs. Mary Anne Wraight was Thomas' first wife, Hannah Knott his second and Elizabeth Sloane (my ancestor) was his third wife (who, after his death in 1881, survived another 21 years).

The Descendants page has many generations in a long list.

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