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Ellen Herring

Ellen Herring, one of 98 convicts transported on the Sarah and Elizabeth, 28 December 1836

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ellen Herring
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1817
Occupation: Nursery maid
Date of Death: 31st May, 1887
Age: 70 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 57 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Shop lifting
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Sarah and Elizabeth
Departure date: 28th December, 1836
Arrival date: 23rd April, 1837
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 97 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/10, Page Number 442
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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Anonymous on 9th January, 2012 wrote:

Ellen married another convict thomas bateman on the 17th August, 1843 at the Presbyterian church, wollongong.

Anonymous on 10th February, 2012 wrote:

not sure if this is relevant. Norfolk Island Residents. Thomas Bateman.ship of arrival neptune. 16 jan 1796. departed N.I after dec 1796. convict.—chez

Sheila Ellis on 2nd May, 2012 wrote:

Married Thomas Bateman, had 10 children, 5 deceased at the time of her death.    3rd child Amelia Jane is my great grandmother.

Gwen Davis on 13th May, 2012 wrote:

Ellen Herring was my gggrandmother her daughter Maria my grand mother Lillias mother. Have Ellen and Thomas Batemans marriagecertificate as well as photos from Sheffield that belonged to Maria did her Mothers family come from Sheffield?

Diana Street on 16th January, 2014 wrote:

Ellen Herring was my great great grandmother, her daughter Amelia Jane was my great grandmother.  Amelia was also known as Emma. I have no information on Ellen although her death certificate shows that she was born in London.

Diana Street on 16th January, 2014 wrote:

marriage and death certificates

Tanya Simic on 3rd July, 2020 wrote:

Ellen is my 6x great-grandmother. She was sentenced to seven years in australia. She stole a pair of men’s trousers from a department store in London, her partner in crime took off with the pants, leaving Ellen to take the blame.

Tony Beale on 24th January, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Online Transcript

1945. ELLEN HERRING was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of July, 1 pair of trowsers, value 4s., the goods of Ambrose Bradley.

DENNIS LANE . I live near the shop of Mr. Ambrose Bradley, a pawnbroker in Castle-street—I saw the prisoner up the court opposite, with a man and woman—I saw the man put a pair of trowsers into a basket which he had himself—they walked away with it to where Mr. Bradley’s shop is—the prisoner took down the trowsers from Mr. Bradley’s—she put them under her shawl, and ran away—I went and told the apprentice—he went in pursuit of her—she was taken soon after, with the trowsers in her possession—I am sure the prisoner is the person who took them—I had a good opportunity of seeing her when up the court—I noticed them when the first pair were brought there—they must have taken the other pair from some other shop.

Prisoner. He said he thought I was enough to pay for all, or he could have taken the man and the other woman.

GEORGE CARR . I am a police-constable. The prisoner was given into my custody with the trowsers which I produce.

THOMAS JONES . I am in the prosecutor’s employ. These are his trowsers—I ran and took the prisoner in Pennington-street—as she was taking.
the trowsers from under her shawl to show them to two persons she had with her—I took her with them.

Prisoner. I had not had them five minutes, when he came and took me with them—I said I had just picked them up, which I had—he called me a thieving wretch.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.

Convict Changes History

Anonymous on 9th January, 2012 made the following changes:

date of birth 1817-00-00, date of death 1887-05-31, gender f

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