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Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Perry, one of 151 convicts transported on the Lady Juliana, June 1789

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Perry
Aliases: Elizabeth Parry
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1768
Occupation: Farm overseer/cattleman
Date of Death: 1836
Age: 68 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 60 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Theft
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


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 18 Craig James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830'
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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Eric Harry Daly on 7th January, 2013 wrote:

Tried under the name Elizabeth Parry on 24 Oct 1787 at the Old Bailey and sentenced to 7 years transportation.
Tried 3 months before for a similar offence she escaped conviction because the prosecuter failed to turn up in court.
Married James Ruse in 1790 at Parramatta. James arrived as a convict on the Scarborough. Children: Rebecca 1791, James 1793, Elizabeth 1794.

Denis Pember on 19th April, 2016 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (t17871024-20)(http://www.oldbaileyonline.org)
October 1787, trial of ELIZABETH PARRY.
Text: ELIZABETH PARRY, Theft - theft from a specified place, 24th October 1787.
ELIZABETH PARRY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 13th of October , one bombazeen gown and petticoat, value 15 s. a cloak, value 6 s. a silk handkerchief, value 5 s. a pair of silk shoes, value 1 s. a pair of cloth shoes, value 1 s. a pair of pumps, value 2 s. two caps, value 4 s. a linen apron, value 1 s. a muslin neckcloth, value 1 s. two guineas and one half guinea, four half-crowns and three shillings in monies, the property of Abraham Attewell in his dwelling-house .
I am wife of Abraham Attewell ; he is a porter , the prisoner came to me as a person that was out of place, a country girl just came to town, she desired employment in the milk business, she said she had no friends nor no money; for that reason I took her, she was from Tuesday to Saturday; she was very sick, she said all the time she was with me, she was in great pain in her side and bowels; on Saturday morning she was very bad indeed, she cried very much, I got her bled, and gave her three-pence to pay for it; I left her in my house when I went out, nobody was with her, it was about a quarter before one when I left my house; I returned about half past three, and I was informed she was gone, and I ran to my box, and found my box open, and all my property gone, which was my cow-keeper’s money, I lost three pounds and upwards in money; there were two guineas in gold, half a guinea, four half crowns; and the rest in silver.
How much? - I think to the best of my knowledge, about three shillings; I lost the things mentioned in the indictment, the handkerchief is here to produce, I never found the money; she was taken on the Tuesday morning following by the advertisement.
Prisoner. Did not you go out to borrow a shilling to mend your son’s shoes the day before? - I did not.
Prisoner. Did not you borrow a shilling of your next door neighbour for a pair of shoes? - No.
In consequence of an advertisement, I found this gown and petticoat, and black silk handkerchief, and the shoes on the prisoner’s feet, and the stockings on her legs; she said she had the things off the drawers, to the best of my recollection, belonging to her mistress.
What mistress? - The prosecutrix.
Prisoner. I never said any such thing.
Treadway. I searched her, and found half a guinea and a shilling upon her.
Court to prosecutrix. Whereabouts did you leave these things? - I left my gown and petticoat, folded up on the head of the bed, my cloth shoes were under my bed; I cannot say where I left the other shoes.
When did you see this money last before it was stolen? - I saw it on Friday, and had it in my hand about eleven or twelve, and on Saturday it was stolen. (The prosecrtrix deposes to the handkerchief,) the cap I can swear to and the gown, it was never on my back, the mantua-maker is here that made it.
Did you loose such a gown as that? - Yes, I did, I lost it off the head of my bed.
Did you loose these stockings and shoes? - Yes.
I am a mantua-maker; I made this gown for the prosecutrix; I know my work.
Prisoner. I have had that gown these five years, and more than that; there were two pieces tore off the skirt, and I had them sewed on again; I had it at Mrs. Stokes’s.
I am an officer; I took the prisoner in custody by the advertisement; we searched her, and she said, this is my mistress’s property, for I took it off the head of the bed; nothing was said to her, she owned it voluntarily; I never had any thing to say to any one but the woman that stands in the red cloak.
The things are my own, honestly bought and paid for, and as for money, the prosecutrix had none; she went and borrowed a shilling the day before; I could bring witnesses, that I wore that gown two months in this town, before ever I saw this woman.
GUILTY Of stealing the clothes to the value of 39 s .
Transported for seven years .
Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.

Denis Pember on 19th April, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 326…
[Ref R1563] Ruse, James, 68, F, Scarborough, 1788, Overseer to Capt Brooks, Lower Minto.
[Ref R1564] Ruse, Elizabeth, 57, F, Lady Juliana, 1790.

The children of James Ruse and Elizabeth included Rebecca (1791), James (1793), Elizabeth (1794), Susannah (1797), and Mary (1798).
Ruse converted to the Roman Catholic faith late in life. Elizabeth died in 1836 and he died the following year. They are buried in Campbelltown.

Amanda Partridge on 16th March, 2019 wrote:

Elizabeth’s children were Rebecah Ruse 1791-1792, James Ruse b 1793, Elizabeth Ruse 1794-1875, Susannah Ruse 1796-1872, Mary Ruse 1799-1871, Ann Ruse Kiss b 1801, and William James Ruse Kiss 1806-1853.

iain Frazier on 21st September, 2019 wrote:

Elizabeth’s marriage to James (Ruse) took place at st Johns Parramatta.
James (Ruse) has an entry on this Website.

Convict Changes History

Eric Harry Daly on 7th January, 2013 made the following changes:

alias1, date of birth 1768, date of death 1836, crime

Denis Pember on 19th April, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: f

Amanda Partridge on 16th March, 2019 made the following changes:


iain Frazier on 21st September, 2019 made the following changes:

source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 18 Craig James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830' (prev. Australian Joint Copyin

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