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Elizabeth Kelso

Elizabeth Kelso, one of 338 convicts transported on the Coromandel and Experiment, November 1803

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Kelso
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1783
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Coromandel and Experiment
Departure date: November, 1803
Arrival date: 7th May, 1804
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 337 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 352
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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Phil Hands on 20th March, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted on 27th October 1802 at the Old Bailey for theft of a cloak, two mussing gowns, two gowns, an apron, a shawl, and a night waistcoat, the property of Henry Pritchard, in his dwelling-house, she was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 2nd January 1804.
Ship:- the ‘Experiment’ sailed with 138 female convicts on board of which 6 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 24th June 1804.

Married convict Daniel Smallwood, (a widower) on 4th April 1808 at Parramatta.
Citation details: year 1808 page 72 no 276
Daniel Smallwood of the parish of St John Parramatta and Elizabeth Kelso of ditto were married in this church by banns this fourth day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and eight by me Anthony Fenn Kemp J.P.
Daniel signed the register and Elizabeth made her X mark in the presence of Jane (?) and Mary Batman who both signed the register

Old Bailey Trial Transcription.
Reference Number: t18021027-10

756. ELIZABETH KELSO was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of October , a cloak, value 2s. two mussing gowns, value 1l. 2s. two gowns, value 17s. an apron, value 3d a shawl, value 3d. and a night waistcoat, value 6d. the property of Henry Pritchard , in his dwelling-house .
HENRY PRITCHARD sworn. - I am a brushmaker , and keep a house, No. 54, Newgate-street ; I lost the articles mentioned in the indictment, on Saturday last, about one O’clock in the day, from the three pair of stairs room, which is my bed-room; the prisoner was a stranger to me; on the Monday following, in consequence of information, I went with Sarah Malin and the constable, to the prisoner’s room behind St. Geroge’s-market; I found the prisoner in the room; the door was locked, and we did not get admittance for some time; we then found a cotton gown and an apron belonging to me; the officer searched the room, but found no other part of the property; she was then secured; Miss Malin keeps a school, and lodges in my house.
SARAH MALIN sworn. - I keep a school in the prosecutor’s house: On Saturday last, a little after one o’clock, our young ladies were nearly all gone, I was going up stairs, and upon opening the door, met a person very much resembling the prisoner, but I cannot swear to her; I believe her to be the person, but she was in a very different dress when I saw her again. I asked her what was her business, she told me she came from Mrs. Peppercorn, in Newgate-market, who wished to know what I had a quarter with a little girl; I said, if she would give me her mistress’s address I would wait of her; she said I had better do so; she said her mistress did not live in the market, but in lodgings, which she described very particularly, as also the situation of the shop; she then bid me good morning; she had at that time a bundle in her apron; she had neither bonnet nor cloak on; I then went to Mrs. Peppercorn, but she knew nothing of it; I afterwards went to the prisoner’s apartment, and saw her there; there was a gown and an apron found, which I shall know when they are produced; the constable has them.(William Shepherd, a constable, produced the property that he had found in the prisoner’s apartment.)(Mary Britchard, the wife of the prosecutor, identified the gown and the apron.)
Q. What is the value of that gown and apron? A. I suppose the gown about 4s. and the apron 3d.
Prisoner’s defence. That lady has sworn false.
GUILTY, aged 21.
Of stealing the goods, value 4s. 3d.
Transported for seven years .

Denis Pember on 14th October, 2017 wrote:

Elizabeth and Daniel were recorded in the 1828 census:
Page 341…
[Ref S1225] Smallwood, Daniel, 65, free by servitude, Matilda, 1791, farmer Pitt Town, 120 acres, 40 acres cleared, 40 acres cultivated, 4 horses, 100 horned cattle, 50 sheep.
[Ref S1226] Smallwood or Kelso, Elizabeth, 45, free by servitude, Experiment, 1804.
[Ref S1227] Smallwood, Elizabeth 28, born in the colony.
[Ref S1228] Smallwood, James, 26, born in the colony.
[Ref S1229] Smallwood, Ann, 21, born in the colony.
[Ref S1230] Smallwood, Daniel 6, born in the colony.
[Ref S1231] Smallwood, Elizabeth 3, born in the colony.
[Ref S1232] Smallwood, Ann, 14, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Phil Hands on 20th March, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1783 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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