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Elizabeth Lewis

Elizabeth Lewis, one of 97 convicts transported on the Britannia, January 1798

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Lewis
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1765
Occupation: -
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 58 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Britannia III
Departure date: January, 1798
Arrival date: 18th July, 1798
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 99 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 239 (120)
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

Rhonda Cole on 24th February, 2021 wrote:

Old Bailey Session Papers and Criminal Registers show age as “31” at trial. Elsewhere age is given as “21”. Crime is feloniously stealing “but not in the dwelling-house” six guineas and six shillings and a silk purse, value 2d., the property of Samuel Winn. It’s possible that Lewis was working as a prostitute. She was single and native place is London. She was committed to New Prison [Clerkenwell].
Criminal Registers describe her as “an old offender was tried in May 1796”. Either the date is wrong or she was not tried at the Old Bailey.
After arrival in Australia she was transferred to Norfolk Island, date and ship unknown, but there she gave birth to a child, William Lewis BAKER, father Samuel Baker [Odkenbaker], on 9 Sep 1801. The child died, possibly on 28 Nov 1801, and was buried 3 Dec 1801. See NSW BDMs, Vol 1 and Vol 2 and Fulton’s Records Vol 4a. The death is in Fulton’s Records but not indexed. The child was also known as William LEWIS.
Elizabeth departed Norfolk Island 8 Apr 1809 per Estramina for Sydney. She appears on the 1811 Muster, residence shown as “NSW”. She was described as “convict” although she would have been free by servitude by this time.

Convict Changes History

Rhonda Cole on 24th February, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1765 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

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