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Eliza Collins

Eliza Collins, one of 99 convicts transported on the Competitor, 09 June 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Eliza Collins
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1809
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: 1858
Age: 49 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: Robbery
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Competitor
Departure date: 9th June, 1828
Arrival date: 10th October, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 98 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 415 (209)
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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Roger Churm on 24th April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings October 1830
Eliza Collins,Margaret Rowley,Theft pocketpicking
28th October 1830

1977.Eliza Collins and Margaret Rowley,were indicted for stealing,on the 26th of October,1 watch,value 30s;1 watch-chain,value 20s;and 1 seal,value 10s,the goods of Thomas Simmons,from his person.

THOMAS SIMMONS.I am in the silk line,and like in St Paul’s church-yard.On the 26th of October I had been dining and spending the evening with a friend;I was a little worse for liquor,and was in Hatton garden;on my return home at half past twelve o’clock at night the two prisoners accosted me ;I did not know what they said,but they walked with me,and a little before I got to Holborn I missed my watch;I had not been up any turning with them;I laid hold of them both,requested them to give me my watch,and called a policeman -he came up,and took it from Collins;I do not know which of them took it.

ANDREW HARVEY.I am a police-officer.I was on duty about half past twelve o’clock;when I got to the corner of Hatton garden I heard the prosecutor say"Give me my watch"I went up and Collins gave me this watch out of her hand;I took both prisoners,with the assistance of my brother officer -in going along one of them said she knew nothing of the other party;the other said she told her to take it.(property produced and sworn to)

DANIEL HUMPHREYS.I was on the opposite side-the officer called me;I saw the prosecutor and the prisoners.I took hold of Collins- in going up Hatton garden I said"Did you take the watch” she said “No ,the other one took it and gave it to me"I do not think the other heard that-when we got to the station Collins said she took it,but the other told her to take it;Rowley was present all the while,and said she knew nothing about it.

Collins Defence.I met this gentleman in Holborn,he asked me to take part of his umbrella,and then took me up Hatton garden,and asked me to stop with him all night-but he said he had no money,but would give me the watch;he took his watch out,and gave it into my hand-we turned a side to have a little private conversation;he then said he was robbed of his watch,called a policeman,and gave us in charge.


Recommended to mercy by the jury,believing it to be her first offence.
Transported for Seven Years.


Tony Beale on 26th October, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
Granted 26/10/1832 Eliza Collins 23 ToL (7yrs) per ship competitor to marry William Forbes 31 Bond (life) per ship Albion (2) Rev Dr Lang Sydney

Convict Changes History

Michael P Heffernan on 9th September, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1809 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1858 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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