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Eliza Brown

Eliza Brown, one of 90 convicts transported on the Louisa, 21 August 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Eliza Brown
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 2nd January, 1807
Occupation: Maid
Date of Death: 1860
Age: 52 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing silk gown
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Louisa
Departure date: 21st August, 1827
Arrival date: 3rd December, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 89 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 279 (141)
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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Di MacDonald on 14th March, 2019 wrote:

Married fellow convict, John Ward, who arrived on the convict ship Malabar

D Wong on 15th March, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey:
Theft: grand larceny.
12th July 1827
Verdict Guilty
Sentence Transportation

ELIZA BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of June, 3 pairs of trousers, value 12s.; 3 shifts, value 6s.; 3 bed-gowns, value 1s. 6d.; 1 gown, value 2s.; 3 towels, value 2s.; 2 petticoats, value 9d.; 3 aprons, value 9d., and 1 piece of calico, value 2d.  the goods of Charles Ely.

EMMA ELY. I am nine years old. (The witness appeared perfectly to understand the obligation of an oath.) About a month ago I had these things in a bundle; I was bringing them from the mangle, in Little Mary-le-bone-street, and taking them to my mother’s, in North-row, Mary-le-bone; the prisoner came up to me in Duke-street, and asked if I would go on an errand for her; I knew her before; I said, Yes; she took me into another street, and asked if the things were not very heavy; I said Yes; she asked if she should carry them; I said Yes; she then unpinned the bundle, put her foot on a step, and asked if I had a pin - I had none; she then took out a paper bag, took a pin out of it, pinned it up, and said, “Come along with me;” she took me into Hanover-square, and then into Hanover-street ; she then put her foot on the step of a door, and told me to go to Mr. Jameson’s, and get three shirts - she said it was the second turning; I went there, but could not find him; I then went back to the place, and she was gone; she said Mr. Jameson would give me 6d.; I was to take the shirts to my mother, and should have 4d. of it myself; I am certain of her.

GEORGE LEICESTER. I am Ely’s brother-in-law. I went out, from her description, and found the prisoner in Newport-market; she said, “That is the woman;” the prisoner turned round, and said, “Did you speak to me;” I said Yes; and told her what my sister had said; she denied having seen her; I asked if she would go back with me; she said Yes; and when we had got a little way, she wanted to return to her friends; I saw in her hand a paper bag; I then told her it was of no use to deny it, as my sister had described her as having such a bag as that; she again wanted to go to her mother’s in Covent-garden; I went part of the way, and then gave her into custody; I asked her again about the things - she said she was so agitated she could not tell if she had taken them, but she had not.

RUTH SHANKS. I keep a mangle. I left the articles stated in the indictment, in a bundle, with my son, to deliver to Ely - her mother is my sister.

WILLIAM SHANKS. I delivered Ely the bundle which my mother left with me.

ELIZABETH ELY. I had sent these things to Shanks’ to be mangled, and next day sent Emma for them; my husband’s name is Charles; I found one gown hanging up for sale in Crown-street.

JOSEPH COLLINS. I took the prisoner, and found 5s. or 6s. on her; and this paper bag, with some pins in it.

GUILTY. Aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years.

Eliza Brown was 20 years old on arrival.
Native Place: London.

Occupations: Fancy trimmer/House maid/nurse girl.

Eliza was literate, protestant, single, 5’0” tall, dark ruddy complexion, brown hair and eyes.

Assigned to Margaret?? Robertson, Parramatta.

20/2/1832: Permission to marry John Ward (Malabar) - he was 37 and had a TOL - Eliza was 24 and on bond.

8/10/1834: COF-Wife of John Ward (as stated on her CF).

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 28th May, 2012 made the following changes:

gender f

Di MacDonald on 14th March, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 2nd January, 1807 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1860 (prev. 0000)

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