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Eliza Cobb, one of 126 convicts transported on the Maria, 15 May 1818
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
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life span was 59 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 7 years
||Middlesex Gaol Delivery
15th May, 1818
7th September, 1818
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Travelled with 126 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 27 (15)
||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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greg petersen on 22nd April, 2017 wrote:
Born Eliza Cobb in England, she grew up to be unattractive, ungainly with a pock marked face and a caste eye. She was employed as a maid in a stately home in Kensington, London. On 17th September 1817, she was sentenced to 7 years transportation for ‘feloniously and maliciously’ kidnapping a 4-month-old baby. She arrived in Van Diemen’s Land on 11th October 1818.
The arrival of women in the Colonies was cause for great excitement. Men rushed to the ships to choose a ‘wife’. On this occasion, in Hobart, John Pascoe Fawkner was amongst these men. His first choice was apparently the most attractive of the women, but following a brawl with another man, she abandoned Fawkner for the other man. Fawkner returned to the ship and chose the plainest woman on board - Eliza Cobb. Married 5th December 1822 to John Pascoe Fawkner in Launceston with a permit from the Governor George Arthur. They established a bakery, timber business, bookshop, a newspaper The Launceston Advertiser in 1829, nursery and orchard. Soon after Eliza had received a pardon, Fawkner obtained a licence to run the Cornwall Hotel in 1826.John died in 1869, Eliza, aged 70 married John Joseph Walsh, he was 44. On the marriage certificate Eliza gave her age as 56. She died in Victoria in 1879, although she & John had no children they fostered numerous children including Amelia Lancey (Captain John Lancey’s daughter) and 2 children (Sarah Jane and Charles Henry) of barrister John Joseph Walsh, after his first wife died. Upon his remarriage, they persuaded Walsh to allow them to adopt his daughter Sarah Jane. They then adopted Annie Williams from the South Melbourne Orphanage and christened her Eliza Ann Fawkner. They also took in 3 children of Fawkner’s nephew after his wife died.
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source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 27 (15)
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