That all changed when Cathy Dunn, a well known historical researcher from New South Wales began work on some old historical files of court proceedings.
It was then learnt that Thomas not only survived, but was living in Sydney in 1800!
Minutes of Proceedings of the Judge Advocate's Bench, 8 Dec 1798 - 5 Mar 1800, State Records New South Wales X767, NRS 3397 has proven Thomas Bradshaw was alive in 1799 and the fact it states Elizabeth Bradshaw his wife with Robert Gillett
At a Sitting of Magistrates at the Judge Advocates Office on 4th January 1800 at 10.am
"Thomas Bradshaw complained of John White having assaulted him this morning when he went to his house in search of his wife - but it appeared in examination the complainant was the aggressor by beginning in the affray in a insolent manner - The complainant was therefore dismissed and the complainant reprimanded, but Elizabeth Bradshaw his wife, who had cohabited with one Robert Gillett, who had beat and cruelly ill unto her, was recommended to return and live with her Husband, and Gillett (who was also brought up/was ordered to be sent to Toongabbie to work and on no account to be permitted to leave it."
On 18th January 1800 it was reported that Robert Gillett had promised to return to work by Monday!
At the sitting of the Magistrate at the Judges Advocate Office the 18th January 1800
Present The Judge Advocate Mr Richard W Johnson
Ordered to make good the works by Monday which they promised to do
A bit of family brain-storming and research revealed that he was probably a "block-cutter"
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But then the trail runs cold. There were many people named Thomas Bradshaw who were convicts and who arrived after 1810. But Thomas Bradshaw was not recorded on any musters that have been thoroughly checked.
What became of Thomas Bradshaw? Another of those family mysteries, but from the account Robert and Elizabeth were co-habiting in January 1800.
Then there is another article on 6th February 1827 where James Cleary was tried for stabbing Mary Horan on 31st July, with intention feloniously, wilfully and maliciously aforth to kill and murder. A second count charges him with assault. He was found guilty on the second charge.
Mary Horan was committed to Launceston gaol for one month imprisonment for insolent language to the Judge and indecorous behaviour before the court.