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Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett, one of 151 convicts transported on the Edward, 23 April 1834

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Bennett
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1816
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: 21st May, 1873
Age: 57 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 14 years

Crime: Receiving stolen property
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Edward
Departure date: 23rd April, 1834
Arrival date: 4th September, 1834
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 150 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 346
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Community Contributions

Katrina Wong on 16th January, 2013 wrote:

Married to Joseph Rainbow on 07/05/1840 Cert#590
Died on 21/05/1873 Death cert #121
Photo of headstone State Library of Tasmania, Tasmanian Family History Society Object Number: #LFH_07173

D Wong on 17th January, 2013 wrote:

Elizabeth Bennett was 18 years old when indicted for receiving 2 chairs, value 4s., knowing them to be stolen.

Elizabeth was born in Cork Ire., and from the Old Bailey proceedings, it seems she lived by her wits and mostly on the streets.  She had prior convictions such as stealing from a child etc.

Goal lReport: Violent, needs restraint, imprisoned before.

Elizabeth had blue eyes, dark brown hair, was 5’3” tall, and single.

1835: House of Correction.

28/7/1842: CP

1840: Married Joseph Rainbow.  They had 9 children and lived in the Fingal area.

JOHN BREHENY on 21st August, 2018 wrote:

Elizabeth had another 150 female convicts join her on the ship “Ëdward”, sailing from Woolich. UK. actually on 5th May 1834,arriving at VDL 4th Sep. 1834, 4 months from departure. Ship’s master: E.A.Lindsay.  Surgeon: Jos Steret.
She married her convict husband Joseph Rainbow 7th May 1840 in Tasmania..

Convict Changes History

Katrina Wong on 16th January, 2013 made the following changes:


D Wong on 17th January, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1816, date of death 21st May, 1873, occupation, crime

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