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Ellen Curtis

Ellen Curtis, one of 179 convicts transported on the Buffalo, 04 May 1833

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ellen Curtis
Aliases: O'donnell, O'donnock
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Servant of all work
Date of Death: 28th August, 1837
Age: 53 years

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 14 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Notts. Town Assizes
Sentence term: 14 years
Ship: Buffalo
Departure date: 4th May, 1833
Arrival date: 5th October, 1833
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 180 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/9, Page Number 89 (46)
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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Community Contributions

Adele Locke on 18th March, 2016 wrote:

Mother of Bridget and Catherine O’Donnell (also present on the ship, convicted of the same offence)

D Wong on 18th March, 2016 wrote:

Ellen Curtis was listed as 49 years old on arrival.  She was transported for ‘Stealing Ribbons’.

Ellen was a widow with 3 children, 2 were onboard, her native place was Dublin.

Ellen was a rheumatic.

28/8/1837: Convict Death Register - Listed as O’DONNOCK - Ellen died at Parramatta, aged 44??

CHRISTOPHER COOK on 14th December, 2018 wrote:

Leicester Journal 29/03/1833
Tuesday March 19, 1833

Before Lord Chief Justice Denman

Ellen Curtis, alias O’Donnell, 49, Bridget O’Donnell, 24, and Catherine O’Donnell, 18 (her daughters), all Irish-women, to stealing on the 21st of January, a quantity of riband, the property of Mr Wells, draper, poultry; and also another quantity of riband, on the same day, the property of Fowler & Co at the exchange. Transported fourteen years.

Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th January, 2021 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents.
No; 557 - 33. Indent No; 99
Name; Ellen Curtis alias O’Donnock
Age; 49.
Widow. 2 male children and 1 female and 2 female children on board
Native County; Dublin
Trade; All work [rheumatic]
Offence; Stealing Ribbon
Trial; 16 March 1833
Height; 5 ft. 1 1/4 in
Complexion; Ruddy
Hair; Brown turning grey
Eyes; Hazel
Remarks; Mother to Bridget O’Donnell age 24 and Catherine O’Donnell both onboard

Convict Changes History

Adele Locke on 18th March, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: O'donnell, gender: f, crime

D Wong on 18th March, 2016 made the following changes:

alias2: O'donnock, date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th August, 1837 (prev. 0000), occupation

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