THOMAS PETTY was buried in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 4 April 1792. PETTY may have been a soldier or a convict. It should be noted, however, that the burial record is hard to decipher in this section, as the lines from each name to the description do not line up well and “Convict” and “Soldier” overlap. Below the word “Convict” for the previous entry in the burial register the word “Soldier” was written over the top or underneath “Do” [i.e. ditto]. What we do know is that there was a convict named THOMAS PETTY who arrived per Pitt (1792) less than two months earlier on 14 February 1792. But, as the following name in the list THOMAS JONES was already a common one among convicts in the colony by this stage, there are also plenty of convict candidates for that person making it impossible to identify him as the best candidate for the “soldier” label. In summary, perhaps the word “soldier” did not apply to any of the burials, or at least did not apply to THOMAS PETTY. Further research required.
- Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
- Parish Burial Registers, Textual records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
# Grave: unmarked
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