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Elizabeth Costellow

Elizabeth Costellow, one of 90 convicts transported on the Princess Charlotte, 27 March 1827

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Costellow
Aliases: Williams, White
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Grand larceny
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Princess Charlotte
Departure date: 27th March, 1827
Arrival date: 6th August, 1827
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 89 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 136
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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Maureen Withey on 30th October, 2019 wrote:

Elizabeth was tried at the Old Bailey.
Olb Bailey online:

JOSEPH DICKINSON, ELIZABETH COSTELLOW, Theft - grand larceny, Theft - receiving, 14th September 1826.

1500; JOSEPH DICKINSON was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of August , 9 napkins, value 4s.; 5 towels, value 2s.; 2 jackets, value 6s.; and 4 aprons, value 4s. , the goods of William Colley , and ELIZABETH COSTELLOW was indicted for feloniously receiving part of the same goods, well knowing them to have been stolen .

ANN COLLEY . I am the wife of William Colley; and am a laundress. On the 24th of August, I had these articles to wash, and I missed them that day; I had left them safe the night before, when I went to bed, in my wash-house; I fastened the windows and doors; I did not see that any violence had been done; I suppose they got in at the wash-house window, which was wide open; there was a square of glass out.

SARAH LONGLEY . I am the wife of Abraham Longley , and live in Tothill-street; I deal in old linen articles. On the 24th or 25th of August, Elizabeth Costellow brought some towels, and two coarse aprons, which I bought of her; it is called huckaback; there were two letters on them, but I cannot say what; I sold them again - she came again the same afternoon, and brought the articles which are here; Mr. Pace came on the 30th of August and claimed them.

Prisoner COSTELLOW. Q. Did you not say you bought them of a person called Carrotty? A. That is you.

WILLIAM RICHARDSON . I was on duty in Vauxhall-road, on the 24th of August, about half-past four o’clock in the morning, and I saw Dickinson and another man coming up Belvoir-terrace, towards Pimlico; they made off at the back of Belvoir-terrace, and I saw them turn their heads frequently; I thought there was something wrong, and I made up to them, and overtook them; I asked them what was the matter; they said, Nothing - they had been at the Cobourg, and staid drinking all night; I did not detain them; it was directly opposite Mr. Colley’s place that I first saw them.

THOMAS PACE . From the information I received I suspected Dickinson to be concerned in the robbery, and I went to the back of a house in Duck-lane, Westminster; I found Costellow standing at the door with another woman; I went into the back part of the house, and found Dickinson in bed; I said to him, “What is your name?” he said, “Pace; you know my name very well;” I said,“Get up,” which he did, and under the bed I found this chissel, and these three centre-bits in a cupboard by the fire-place; I took him to the office, and took the female the same day, when she came to inquire about him; they had been living together. I sent Mrs. Colley to Mrs. Longley’s - before I got there she hung up the jacket; and I went and said, “Who did you buy this of?” she said,“Of a woman, in the family way, named Carrotty Bet - you know her very well.”

MRS. COLLEY. I lost some huckaback towels and aprons which were marked.(Property produced and sworn to.)



Transported for Seven Years .

Elizabeth was sent to Moreton Bay penal establishment, and the records are as follows:
Elizabeth Costellow, convicted in the colony in the name of Elizabeth Williams, alias White. Original conviction at Middlesex G. D., 14 Sept 1826, sentence 7 years for stealing linen. Trade, house servant. colonial conviction at Quarter sessions, Maitland, 12 Sept 1836 for larceny, sentence, sentence, 7 years.

Tony Beale on 2nd October, 2021 wrote:

Elizabeth Castello in the New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1828-1830, 1838-1839
Name: Elizabeth Castello
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1807
Age: 23
Arrival year: 1827
Arriving Vessel: Cathrn Stewart Forbs
Spouse Name: Richard Ledgy Williams
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Birth Year: 1805
Spouse Age: 25
Spouse Arrival Year: 1825
Spouse Vessel: Princess Charlotte
Marriage Year: Abt 1830
Application Date: 20 Jan 1830
Application Place: The Roman Catholic Chapel, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Stated Richard Williams arrived free in 1825. A carpenter by trade

Convict Changes History

Claire on 28th May, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Williams, alias2: White, date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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