- He qualified for his Certificate of Competency 2nd Class at London on 2 August 1848. Register Ticket No34614.
Afterwards sailed as Captain of Mayflower in 1851 (London-Jamaica) and Captain in Florentia from 8 November 1852 to 22 November 1854 (London - Sydney - Callao - Valparaiso - London).
Then he went as Mate in Gloriosa to Calcutta in 1855 followed by another voyage to India and, between 1861 and 1869 more runs to New Zealand and Australia but for which we don't have the details. (Public Record Office ref BT122/1).
According to the Alphabetical Register of Masters (BT115/1) he had sailed as a captain in 1845 (Newcastle to London), same in 1846, and in 1848 from London to Newport, Mon., and another voyage Liverpool-London.
On the blaxland.com site at /ozships/plist there is a list of his Australian voyages from 1833 to 1853, the early ones being in the fishery and whaling grounds.
Sometime between 1881 & 1884 Thomas Hopper Banks sailed to South Africa together with:
step-daughter Mary Ann Sandham (needed the SA climate for her health condition)
daughter and son-in-law Eliza Banks and William Howard Lavarack
William's brother Ernest Augustus Lavarack and his wife Eliza Sainsbury
1871 England census - [30 Rhodeswell Ter, Tower Hamlets] Mile End Old Town, London:
Name Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Relationship
Thos H Banks abt 1819 London, Middlesex, England Head [married mariner]
Sarah A Banks abt 1819 London, Middlesex, England Wife [married]
Eliza A Banks abt 1849 London, Middlesex, England Daughter [unmarried haberdasher]
1881 UK census:
Dwelling: 64 Aberfeldy St
Census Place: Bromley, London, Middlesex, England
Source: FHL Film 1341112 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0503 Folio 102 Page 65
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Thomas H. BANKS M 62 M Shadwell, Middlesex, England
Occ: Master Mariner Retired
Sarah A. BANKS M 62 F Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England
1881 England census - [64 Aberfeldy St] Bromley St Leonard, London:
Name Birth Year Birthplace Relation
Thomas H. Banks abt 1819 Shadwell, Middlesex, England Head [married master mariner retired]
Sarah A. Banks abt 1819 Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England Wife
DESCRIPTION BANKS, THOMAS HOPPEL.
Master: Thomas Hopper Banks tsg:472,473,476
Origin: 20th Nov 1852 Plymouth tsg:472,473,476
Destination: 25th Apr 1853 Moreton Bay tsg:472,473,476
Date Event/Item Details Source
primary source QSA Reg 16p38
primary source QSA [A2.44]
primary source QSA [A2.46]
background 245 passengers
1853 Apr 4th background Put in for supplies. Met with contrary winds and had been supplied with only 20 weeks of provisions. tsg:472,473
1853 Apr 4th arrival Hobart Town tsg:472,473
1853 Apr 29th background Alternate date of arrival in Queensland qsa:1