The Convict musters during this period tell something about Thomas Bates Life.
1799 - This muster confirms him on the Hillsborough, and sentenced to life
1799 Convict Muster
By 1802, things had improved, the "Muster of free and emancipated
convicts and list of settlers" states he has no family, owns 17 hogs,
has 10 acres of wheat shown, and 3 of maize to be planted, off stores at
Mulgrave Place (Ref: A222).
On 19th June, 1803 Thomas was granted Conditional Emancipation