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Elizabeth Cole

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Cole
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1758
Occupation: Convict
Date of Death: 1821
Age: 63 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 53 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Burglary
Convicted at: Devon, Exeter Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Charlotte
Departure date: 13th May, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 37 other convicts


Primary source: "The Crimes of the First Fleet Convicts" by John Cobley, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1970 "General Musters of New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen's Land - 1811" "The First Fleet Marines: 1786-1792" by John Moore "And So They Came: the Burrows and Griffiths to New Norfolk, Mangalore, Thoona and other places" by Lorraine Lister [descendant of Richard Burrows jnr], printed by Cambridge Press, Bendigo, Victoria "The Founders of Australia" by Mollie Gillen, Library of Australian History, Sy
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Community Contributions

Rachel Loosemore on 7th March, 2013 wrote:

Crime details: (a) Com’d 15 September by James Carrington C’l for Breaking & Entering a Dwelling house. (b) For feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Cox between 10 and 11 in the forenoon no person being therein and stealing thereout one womans stuff Gown val. 7s. and other goods val. 5l. 9s. the property of Jane Cox Spr.

Left Plymouth on the First Fleet ship “Charlotte”, moved to the “Friendship” at Rio de Janeiro, moved to “Prince of Wales” at Cape of Good Hope to Australia. She was sent to Norfolk Island on the “Sirius”, 6 March 1790. Spent 18 years there then when the colony disbanded was sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). She had a relationship with William Ellis, Marine, at Port Jackson and had son Thomas Cole, christened 9 August 1789. She had a relationship with James Tucker (Second Fleet convict) on Norfolk Island and had two daughters with him, Sarah (b.7 Sept 1793 - d 20 Dec 1793) and Maria (b. 27 Dec 1795 - d. May 1858). She had three children by Richard Cornelius Burrows (Second Fleet convict) on Norfolk Island.. Richard Cornelius Burrows jnr (b. 13 June 1798 - d. 12 Sept 1878), Ann Burrows (b. 8 May 1800 - d. after 1840) and John Burrows (b. 7 March 1803 - d. 5 Sept 1859). She married Richard in Hobart, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on 25 February 1810. Elizabeth died in Hobart on 31 January 1821 and is buried in St David’s Cemetery.

Rachel Loosemore on 4th November, 2013 wrote:

Elizabeth arrived in Australia on the “Prince of Wales” (transferred twice during the voyage) on 20 January 1788 at Botany Bay and on 26 January 1788 the whole First Fleet anchored at Sydney Cove in Port Jackson and Captain Arthur Phillip raised the British flag on shore. Her arrival date is not 22 May 1788.

toni walker on 30th September, 2016 wrote:

Actual crime was theft of 9 pairs of men’s worsted stockings, in company wth another female. There were actually two Elizabeth Coles with the First Fleet, the other of which was married to a male convict early on arrival and then selected for transport to Norfolk Island in March 1788. She then was known by her married name on subsequent victualling lists giving the impression of only one Elizabeth Cole in the settlement.

Convict Changes History

Rachel Loosemore on 7th March, 2013 made the following changes:

convicted at, term 7 years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 0000, date of death 1821, gender, occupation, crime

Judith Wood on 16th July, 2013 made the following changes:

date of birth 1758

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