Thomas Palmer

Thomas Fyshe Palmer (1747-1802) was a humane and cultured Unitarian minister serving in Scotland. For arranging the printing and distribution of a pamphlet urging parliamentary reform, he was transported to New South Wales in 1794. He pioneered trade, manufacture and shipbuilding in the colony and protested against outrages inflicted on the Aborigines. He died on a voyage back to Britain. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography


Oct 1794

Scottish Martyrs transported

Thomas Muir, Thomas Palmer, William Skirving and Maurice Margarot are sentenced to transportation to New South Wales for their part in advocating parliamentary and constitutional reform in Britain. Their radical ideas are influenced by the French Revolution and, together with Joseph Gerrald who was transported later, they become known as the Scottish Martyrs.


Thomas Muir, Published as the Act directs by J.S. Jordan, July 15, 1795.