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Elizabeth Law

Elizabeth Law, one of 99 convicts transported on the Mermaid, 15 February 1828

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Law
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1795
Occupation: Laundress
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 Life

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Mermaid
Departure date: 15th February, 1828
Arrival date: 27th June, 1828
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 311 (157). Tasmanian Archives.
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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Nell Murphy on 30th October, 2017 wrote:

Elizabeth LAW was convicted at the Old Bailey Court, London on 10 Jan 1828 for Larceny - stealing from the person. Previous offences. Life Sentence. Transported to New South Wales, Australia per the ‘Mermaid’ then transferred to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania).

Widow with 2 children.  Stated she lived by washing and ironing.
Daughters: Mary Ann aged 14yrs & Jane aged 9 yrs.
Roman Catholic.

13 May 1829: at the Female Orphan School - drunk. Admonished.
23 July 1829: at the Female Orphan School - drunk & insolent. Sent to the Female House of Correction, 2nd class convict section.
Ticket of Leave granted.
22 May 1837: Found in a Public House. Admonished.
18 Sept 1837: Drunk & disorderly.
24 Oct 1837: Gross disorderly conduct. Sent to the Female House of Correction, Hobart for 12 mths, conduct to be reported in 6 months.
15 June 1839: Drunk. Fined.
18 Aug 1839: Drunk. To be kept at the Wash Tubs (known to be very hard labour) for 1 month.
27 Feb 1840: Found in a Public House. Reprimanded.
25 April 1840: Obstruct a Constable in his duties. Ticket of Leave to be suspended and to be kept at hard labour at the Female House of Correction, Hobart for 2 months.
28 Feb 1842: Conditional Pardon approved.

28 Feb 1830: Application for Permission to marry - John SEWELL (transported per ‘Arab’) to Elizabeth LAW (transported per ‘Mermaid’). Approved.(Tas Archives 45/1/1).

6 June 1831: Marriage -
John Sewell, widower to Elizabeth Law, widow,  at Parish of Richmond, Sorell (County of Buckingham)  by banns with the consent of the Lt. Governor. Both signed with their ‘mark’. Witnesses - Peter McDonald & Catherine Parsons, both of Richmond. (ref: Regd 36/1/2 no. 1743)

Nell Murphy on 30th October, 2017 wrote:

The Convict Conduct Record or Description list does not state what happened with Elizabeth’s two daughters.  (No record appears under “Law” at the Orphan School, Hobart.)

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 30th October, 2017 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 311 (157). Tasmanian Archives. (prev. Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 311 (157)), gend

Nell Murphy on 30th October, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1795 (prev. 0000)

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