I have now put most of the information I have found about Thomas Day on a separate page - http://jamaicansabroad.weebly.com/-thomas-day.html - I hope to add some more material on the convict ships that took the convicts from the UK to the other side of the earth, and also about the penal settlements at Sarah Island and Port Arthur where Thomas Day spent nearly a quarter of a century. It is not easy to access the lives of ordinary people centuries ago, so it is always great to get even a glimpse of someone's life and the circumstances they had to cope with.
While I was looking for something quite different, I came across a reference to a man called Thomas Day, who was a Black Jamaican, born a slave in Spanish Town, managed to escape to England, but ended up being convicted and sent to a convict settlement in Tasmania, in 1821.
This is comes from a book about the life of an English Quaker called George Washington Walker who did some missionary journeys and ended up in Hobart, Tasmania, where he encountered Day. I have more information, so I hope to put up a page about Thomas Day, and possibly other Jamaicans who also went nearly to the ends of the earth. I already have a page about 'Billy Blue' who ended up in Sydney, so Thomas Day and the others may also arrive on the Jamaicans Abroad site.
Once more I'm trying something new - I wonder if it will do any better than previous such efforts! It will be another space for me to talk about Jamaican history, especially the periods and aspects that have interested me most, and to provide links to pages I am currently working on - as for instance 'Maroons in Jamaica'