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Eleanor Mcdonald

Eleanor McDonald, one of 151 convicts transported on the Lady Juliana, June 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Eleanor Mcdonald
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1754
Occupation: House servant
Date of Death: 28th September, 1835
Age: 81 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: Stealing
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lady Juliana
Departure date: June, 1789
Arrival date: 3rd June, 1790
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 246 other convicts

References

Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 18
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

Anonymous on 27th July, 2011 wrote:

Eleanor was found guilty of stealing a Metal Watch, Chain and Locket valued at 6 guineas, property of Thomas Dalton.

Jean Lawry on 19th August, 2012 wrote:

It is my understanding that Eleanor McDonald on Lady Juliana was transported for stealing 4 linen sheets.  Lady J had 243 female convicts Another Eleanor McD was on the Queen, and later went to Norfolk Island.  Is it possible that the entry I have found here has confused the TWO women?

Caroline Von Dadelszen on 15th August, 2015 wrote:

Eleanor McDonald was my great great great great grandmother. I was always led to believe she was convicted for stealing sheets.

Caroline Von Dadelszen on 16th August, 2015 wrote:

Eleanor McDonald married David Kilpack,of the 1st fleet, who was convicted for life.They had 4 children,Martha,Elizabeth,Eleanor and David.

Denis Pember on 16th August, 2015 wrote:

There does seem to be a problem with the two Eleanors.  The Eleanor McDonald who stole the watch was sentenced in Dublin and Transported on ‘Queen’ in 1791. She subsequently married Jonathan Griffiths (Convict, Scarborough, 1790) and had 9 children. (Check Jonathan Griffiths Australian Heritage - online)

Rachel Vess on 8th February, 2019 wrote:

Eleanor was witness to Mary Mullender’s marriage to David Dunstan/Densham. Mary and Eleanor were transported on the Lady Juliana together.

Denis Pember on 9th January, 2021 wrote:

Trial of ELEANOR M’DONALD (t17871212-19).
ELEANOR M’DONALD, Theft > grand larceny, 12th December 1787.
23 ELEANOR M’DONALD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 6th of November last, four linen sheets, value 10 s. the property of James Butterfield .
MARY PAGET sworn.
I am servant to Mr. James Butterfield , in Shire-lane; On the 6th of November he lost four sheets; the prisoner was my fellow-servant ; I had information, that the sheets were at a pawnbroker’s; she was only four days in her service.
JOHN BOYD sworn.
I am servant to Mr. Gates, pawnbroker, the corner of Bedford-street; on the 6th of November the prisoner came to pawn these sheets, and she was drunk; I stopped her and the sheets. (The sheets deposed to by Mary Paget , to be the property of Mr. James Butterfield .) These four sheets are my master’s property; he bought them of Mr. Mitchel.
PRISONER’s DEFENCE.
I do not know what to say.
GUILTY .
To be transported for seven years .
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron PERRYN.

Denis Pember on 9th January, 2021 wrote:

David Kilpack died November 30th 1797, leaving Eleanor with 3 young children (the youngest son, also David having died June 6th 1797.
18 months later, January 1799, she again married, this time to Thomas Higgins (Second Fleet Convict, ‘Surprize’, 1790). The couple had 1 child, Thomas Edward Higgins, born 1800.

They can be located in the 1828 census, page 190.
Thomas Higgins, 89, FS, Surprise, 1790 [H1710]; Eleanor Higgins, 74, FS, L. Juliana, 1790 [H1711];
both living with their son Thomas Edward Higgins, 28, BC, Settler, Field of Mars [H1709].

Convict Changes History

Jean Lawry on 19th August, 2012 made the following changes:

gender f

Caroline Von Dadelszen on 15th August, 2015 made the following changes:

surname: Mcdonald (prev. McDonald)

Caroline Von Dadelszen on 16th August, 2015 made the following changes:

surname: Mcdonald (prev. McDonald)

Denis Pember on 16th August, 2015 made the following changes:

surname: Mcdonald (prev. McDonald)

Denis Pember on 9th January, 2021 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1754 (prev. 0000), date of death: 28th September, 1835 (prev. 0000)

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