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Elizabeth Dalton

Elizabeth Dalton, one of 262 convicts transported on the Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander, January 1787

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Dalton
Aliases: Burley, Burleigh
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 10th January, 1765
Occupation: Servant
Date of Death: 30th January, 1843
Age: 78 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing a handkerchief
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Penrhyn, Scarborough and Alexander
Departure date: January, 1787
Arrival date: 22nd January, 1788
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 293 other convicts


Primary source: Old Bailey Online Reference Number t17850914-24, see also The Proceedings punishment summary s17850914-1 for a list of other convictions from that session
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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Roberta Fleming on 19th May, 2012 wrote:

She had a daughter born on January 26 1788 whilst the ship was at anchor in Sydney Cove. The daughter was fathered by a sailor on the ship.
Elizabeth was also known as Burley. Her Daughter lived only 8 years. Elizabeth married Doctor Arnell and had several other children. She named a later daughter after her daughter that died.

Zoe on 5th May, 2018 wrote:

She had a child named Francais and another named
William. William died at nineteen months but not
much is known about Francais. Later she married
a Surgeon named Thomas Arndell and had seven children with him. All together she had nine children.
When Arndell died he left her a property and animals. She asked for pension a year after he died and waited seven years for them to respond, declining.
She died at Caddi Creek, seventy-five years of age.

Zoe on 5th May, 2018 wrote:

Husband is Doctor/Surgeon Thomas Arndell

Leslie Taylor on 5th May, 2018 wrote:

The theft was from a shop display in The Strand and was in respect of fourteen linen handkerchiefs. She fled the scene but, unluckily, bumped into a man while being pursued. He held her until the victim arrived during which time Elizabeth dropped the items.

D Wong on 5th May, 2018 wrote:

Elizabeth Arndell nee Dalton/Burleigh was transported for ‘stealing fourteen linen handkerchiefs from a draper, with a value of 14s,’ in September 1785.

Elizabeth had a child by John Clement, a seaman, Frances Hannah Clement, before being assigned to her future husband Thomas Arndell. They married in 1807 after having six children.

30/1/1843: Elizabeth died in the home of her son, Thomas, and was buried in the family vault at St Matthew’s Cemetery, Windsor.

3/2/1843 Sydney Morning Herald:
On Monday, the 30th ultimo, at Caddie,
near Windsor, Elizabeth Arndell, relict of the late Dr. Arndell, aged seventy-five years.

Zoe on 7th May, 2018 wrote:

She was 21 when she boarded the Lady Penhryn

Maureen Withey on 12th July, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 12 July 2020), September 1785, trial of ELIZABETH DALTON (t17850914-24).

ELIZABETH DALTON, Theft > shoplifting, 14th September 1785.
748. ELIZABETH DALTON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 15th day of September last, fourteen linen handkerchiefs, value 14 s. the property of Joseph Earle , privily in his shop .
I am a linen-draper in the Strand , on Monday the 12th of September I lost fourteen linen handkerchiefs, between the hours of five and six in the evening; the prisoner was in the shop when I came into the shop, I saw something about her hands and cloak as she went out of the shop, and I suspected her.
Court. Did you see her put any thing under her apron or cloak? - No, I cast my eye on a pile of pocket handkerchiefs, and observed it appeared as if some of them were gone, the top one appeared to be moved out of its place, I then stepped after her, she was then got about twenty yards from the door, I tapped her upon the shoulder, and begged her to come back, she came back, I desired her to sit down, then she run out again; says she, what business have you to desire me to stay here, or words to that effect; I pursued her, she ran very fast, and was got some distance before I could catch her, then I took her to the beadle’s, and he examined her, and found nothing upon her.
I happened to be coming across the street, I walked pretty fast, and I met this young woman full-butt; and in the meantime, the gentleman came up and tapped her on the shoulder, and told her to come back to the shop; while she was turning back, I saw these handkerchiefs drop from her, I picked them up, and followed with them, and gave them to Mr. Earle in the shop, and I thought she had bought them and lost them.
Prosecutor. These are the handkerchiefs that the black brought, some we charge at three shillings, and these eleven linen handkerchiefs were thrown down an area where she ran by; they were in the shop when she was in it, I put them in the window in the morning myself.
I saw these handkerchiefs tumble down the area, but I did not see who threw them; I live about a hundred and twenty doors off.
Court to Prosecutor. In your pursuit of this prisoner, did you pass Mrs. Holloway’s house? - Yes, I suppose twenty yards.
I was in the shop between five and six in the afternoon, this woman came in, and asked to look at some lawns, while I was shewing her some, I saw her with her hand in her pocket as if she was putting something under her apron.
Did you see these handkerchiefs in the shop at that time? - No, not at that time, I saw them in the morning, I did not miss them at that moment, I suspected her, and I kept her in suspence as long as I could, till somebody came into the shop; she told the price of some lawn, I told her it was two shillings and two-pence; she asked me to take two shillings. I told her I would cut her half a yard for one shilling; she went out of the shop, and my master brought her back, and she went away again, and the black brought the handkerchiefs.
I am sure I am innocent, I do not know who might take them out.
Prosecutor. I put them in the window in the morning, I do not recollect they were shewn to anybody.
The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave her a very good character.
GUILTY Of stealing, to the value of 3s.
Transported for seven years.
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

Convict Changes History

Roberta Fleming on 19th May, 2012 made the following changes:

gender f

tia on 6th April, 2016 made the following changes:

alias1: Burley, occupation

Zoe on 5th May, 2018 made the following changes:

convicted at

Zoe on 5th May, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1774 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1808 (prev. 0000)

Leslie Taylor on 5th May, 2018 made the following changes:

source: Old Bailey Online Reference Number t17850914-24, see also The Proceedings punishment summary s17850914-1 for a list of other convictions from that session (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, P

D Wong on 5th May, 2018 made the following changes:

date of birth: 10th January, 1765 (prev. 0000), date of death: 30th January, 1843 (prev. 0000)

Zoe on 7th May, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Burley/burleigh (prev. Burley)

Iris Dunne on 7th May, 2018 made the following changes:

alias1: Burley (prev. Burley/burleigh), alias2: Burleigh

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