Thomas, and Sarah arrived in Wellington
on the 'Duke
of Roxburgh' on 8 February 1840 having left Plymouth, England on 5
October 1839. With them were their two children Mary
Ann Poad and Phillipa
Jane Poad and Sarah's unmarried sister Jane
Reynolds (Runnalls) who later married Robert
Wyeth. At the time of their
departure their address was St Dominics.
Thomas' occupation was recorded in
Wellington and Hutt Electoral Rolls in 1944 as Blacksmith, River Hutt and from
1945 to 1852 as Smith. On 15 Nov 1852 Thomas was given a Crown grant in respect
of Pt Sect 32 Hutt District.
Sarah died at Wellington on 22 December
1857. Thomas was remarried on 13 September 1858, at St James Lower Hutt,
Death, an Aunt of his daughter Phillippa’s husband George.
In 1865 aged 53, he should have known
better, Thomas had a bit of a run in with the law . He 'had been
very much annoyed by some boys making a noise outside his house on the evening
of 8th March, and he had fired a gun in an opposite direction to frighten them
away. By accident, however, he hit a man, who he did not see, in the foot.'
Extracts from 'Papers
Past'. Papers Past is a digital Collection of the
Evening Post, Issue 33, 17 March 1865, Page 2
RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT. THIS DAY. (Before C. D. R. Ward, Esq., R.M.) Thomas
Poad, who was charged with shooting, with intent, at J. Hobbs, was remanded to
Evening Post Issue 44, 30 March 1865, Page 2
Resident Magistrate's Court This Day (Before C D R Ward, Esq, R.M.) Thomas Poad
was brought up on remand charged with shooting with intent, Remanded again for
Evening Post, Issue 103, 8 June 1865, Page 2
Supreme Court - Tuesday (Before Judge Johnson)
His Honour took his seat on the Bench at ten o'clock.
Thomas Poad was placed at the bar, charged with discharging a gun with intent to
commit murder, and on another count with intent to do grevious bodily harm. Mr
Izard appeared for the prosecution. Mr Borlase defended the prisoner.
From the evidence it appeared that the prisoner had been very much
annoyed by some boys making a noise outside his house on the evening of 8th
March last, and he had fired a gun in an opposite direction to frighten them
By accident, however, he hit a man, who he did not see, in the foot. Mr
Borlase said the prisoner's act was a reckless act which could not be justified,
but no one could be more sorry for it than the prisoner. The gun was fired up in
the air, and a shot or two must have glanced from a tree. He was willing to
consent to a verdict of unlawfully wounding.
His Honour said counsel had exercised a wise discretion, and the jury would
therefore return a verdict accordingly.
His Honour said the prisoner's act was so reckless that it ought to be punished
severely, and sentenced the prisoner to be imprisoned for six calendar months.
Evening Post, Volume X, Issue 307, 19 February 1875, Page 2
On the 19th inst., at his .residence, Lower Hutt, Thomas Poad, aged 64 years.