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Eliza Harrison

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

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Eliza Harrison
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1798
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: -
Age: -

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 clothes
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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Tony Beale on 29th October, 2020 wrote:

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637. ELIZA HARRISON was indicted for stealing, on the 23d of January , 2 pillows, value 2s.; 3 pillow-cases, value 3s.; 5 sheets, value 10s.; 14 towels, value 5s; 5 handkerchiefs, value 2s.; 5 night-caps, value 2s.; 1 shirt, value, 1s.; 1 rule, value 6d.; 1 pen-knife, value 6d.; 1 pair of scissors and 1 comb, value 3d. , the goods of Benjamin Smythson .

ELIZABETH SMYTHSON . I am the wife of Benjamin Smythson; he keeps a tavern in Catherine-street . The prisoner lived with me, and left me about a month since - I missed many articles while she was with me, but they were attributed to other persons - we parted on the best of terms - I afterwards missed other things - I knew where she was gone, and I found the articles stated, which are my husband’s, three weeks ago, yesterday, at her lodging in Little James’s-street; I told her, circumstances had arisen which excited my suspicion, and if she had nothing of mine she could not object to let me see her boxes; she was much confused, and said she had not the key; I said I would send for an officer; she then opened a box, where I found a number of articles, and another trunk was full of my property - she wished me to take them, and said, she intended to return them on the morrow.
Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. How long have you kept this tavern? A. About three years; some single gentlemen lodge there - no other persons. We took it of Mr. Ireland; my husband is a theatrical agent, and our house is mostly frequented by theatrical persons; there was a pair of tongs and a shovel found which I said were mine - the prisoner said they were Mr. Ireland’s; I said she might as well say so of all the other articles; she is married, and I have often seen her husband there - he has frequently stopped all night, and gone from the house before we were up; my husband’s name is Benjamin Christian Smythson.

PATRICK MURRAY . I am a patrol. I went to take up the prisoner, and produce part of the property.

BENJAMIN SCHOFIELD . I am an officer. I produce part of the property.

GEORGE SMYTHSON . I went with my mother, and we got the prisoner to let us search her boxes; we found this property there.

Prisoner’s Defence. I bought them with my own money.

GUILTY . Aged 30.

Transported for Seven Years .

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 Bound Indentures 1827-1828 could not read or write married protestant. Husband is Joseph Harrison soldier in London. 4’ 11 1/2” dark sallow complexion brown hair and hazel eyes assigned to Eliza Brogan

1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (TNA Copy) for Eliza Harrison Assigned to John Brogan

New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 30/10/1830 for Eliza Harrison given up by her master 1st class factory

Convict Changes History

Tony Beale on 29th October, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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