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Elizabeth Cornish

Elizabeth Cornish, one of 128 convicts transported on the Roslin Castle, 17 February 1830

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Cornish
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: -
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Devon (City of Exeter) Quarter Session and Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Roslin Castle (Roslyn Castle)
Departure date: 17th February, 1830
Arrival date: 29th June, 1830
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 127 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 279 (142)
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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Glenn chandler on 14th November, 2011 wrote:

Elizabeth Cornish was convicted of robbing a farmer called Langham in Exeter.  It happened in a brothel of which she was the keeper.  Langham died in an alleyway after being dumped outside, possibly drugged.  She was convicted alongside Grace Bryant and her ‘husband’ John Baker - there is no record of her marriage to Baker.  She left behind another husband in Exeter called William - he was later hanged for bestiality with a dog!  She also left a daughter, Elizabeth, whose own husband William Seward was transported to New South Wales for injuring a man in a duel.  Quite a family!  A few years after arriving in the colony she was granted permission to marry a Henry Jessop, and remained with him until his death.  She inherited quite a bit of property from him in Cobbity and Sydney, so from being a brothel keeper in Exeter she did well for herself by being transported.

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