You may never find a death for him. As you said, there's always the
possibility he changed his name.
Also a large number of convicts absconded and took to the bush, never
to be heard of again, possibly killed by the Aboriginals or lost and
starved, or simply died or killed and the death never formalised.
Remember, "deaths" prior to 1856 were only Church burial records,
and many people not in the centre of civilisation at that time would
have been buried quickly, specially in summer, and without a minister
being there. The ministers obviously weren't all local, they had
circuits they travelled.
Also, there were many attempts to leave Australia by sea, most of
which didn't succeed because they were using ill-advised methods to
sail away to wherever, or stowing away and being caught. Again, I'd
surmise there'd be no records of death for most of those, or from the
ones who may have succeeded in arriving somewhere else.
Additionally, the pre-1856 "death" (burial) records are incomplete
because many Church registers were lost in floods and fires. If the
minister didn't carry the originals with him (which left them open to
loss) then often they seem to have forgotten to record details (which
were possibly written on scraps of paper) when they got back to their
home base. Some they probably forgot to record at all, even on a bit
of paper. It may have depended on how good the wake or wedding
celebration was. <G>
So in short, many people simply vanished for one reason or another.
That said, if you man had a ticket of leave, he may have been less
inclined to try and flee. But there would be a million reasons he
might get involved in some scheme that ended badly and without records.
You don't say what your man's sentence was, but I think Certificates
of Freedom applied only to 7-14 years-ers and not to Lifers. Lifers
might gain a Conditional or Absolute Pardon, so you may be looking in
the wrong records. I think also that an Absolute pardon enabled them
to return to England if they so wished.
I've also checked the "Index to Colonial Convict Movements 1827 to
1853" in case he was there but he wasn't. Sorry.
Have you checked Trove?
At 03-07-15 15:21 +1000, Peter STRAUSS via wrote:
I have been trying for several years to find what happened to my GGG
grandmother's [Sarah Lynchey] son Thomas Lynchey who had been sentenced with
her, and transported from the Isle of Man in 1835.
He was granted his Ticket of Leave by the Muswellbrook Bench in 1844 with
the restriction of his having to remain in the Moreton Bay District. I have
not found a Certificate of Freedom, nor a marriage or a death [free or in
custody], in NSW, Queensland or Victoria.
An Aussie transported to Rotorua, NZ
"Let no-one say the past is dead, the past is all about us and