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Lydia Hart

Lydia Hart, one of 117 convicts transported on the Eliza, 03 November 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Lydia Hart
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1784
Occupation: Housekeeper/cook
Date of Death: 26th October, 1879
Age: 95 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 7 years

Crime: Receiving stolen property
Convicted at: Southampton (Town) Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Eliza
Departure date: 3rd November, 1829
Arrival date: 24th February, 1830
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 116 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 238
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

Berenice Dunston on 28th March, 2016 wrote:

Lydia was transported along with her daughter Elizabeth/Eliza Sweetingham and her grandson Alexander Sweetingham (4y/o). Elizabeth and Lydia were at the Female Factory and Alexander was admitted to Queen’s Orphan School at New Town, on March 2, 1830. Following her time at the Female Factory in Hobart, Lydia was employed as Housekeeper at Government House in Hobart. She married Commissioner Robert Williamson of Kingston at St Davids in Hobart on 23 May 1836. Lydia and Robert became young Alexander’s guardians on June 24, 1836.
The 1841 Muster document for December 31, “shewing” (sic) the distribution of Convicts in Tasmania, has Lydia as still being employed at Government House.
Lydia’s daughter Eliza/Elizabeth married William Henry Cope and travelled with him to the mainland.
Alexander changed his name to Williamson and married Elizabeth Stanfield of Clarence Plains 10/07/1847.

Convict Changes History

Berenice Dunston on 28th March, 2016 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1784 (prev. 0000), date of death: 26th October, 1879 (prev. 0000), gender: f, occupation, crime

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