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Eliza Rowley

Eliza Rowley, one of 171 convicts transported on the Planter, 29 October 1838

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Eliza Rowley
Aliases: none
Gender: -

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

Life Span

Life span

Median life span was 55 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 15 years

Crime: Pickpocket
Convicted at: Central Criminal Court
Sentence term: 15 years
Ship: Planter
Departure date: 29th October, 1838
Arrival date: 9th March, 1839
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 169 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 90, Class and Piece Number HO11/11, Page Number 365 (184)
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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Roger Churm on 23rd April, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings June 1838
Eliza Rowley,Catharine Beazley
Theft pocket picking 18th June 1838

1535 Eliza Rowley and Catharine Beazley were indicted for stealing,on the 30th of May.1 purse,value 1s;3 sovereigns,1 half-sovereign,and 4 shillings;the goods and monies of William Terry,from his person.

WILLIAM TERRY.I am a carpenter,and live in Little Corim street,Russel square.On this 3rd of May had finished a job in the country,and was returning to my lodgings,with four sovereigns which I had received.the prisoners accosted me in Thorney street,St Giles,and Beazley said they had a penny,and if they had another they could get a pint of beer,for they. had had nothing since the morning -I had known them by sight before,but had never spoken to them -I took them to a shop in Broad street,St Giles,and changed a sovereign -I treated them to some gin and bitters,and then to some shell-fish -I spent 1s.6d- I was with them about three quarters of an hour -I took out my purse to pay and the landlord gave me half a sovereign and the silver,which they saw me put into my purse in my trowser pocket -after treating them again I was going home towards my lodging,and coming up Thorney street again,they swore I should not leave them unless I gave them some money -I then put the purse into my coat pocket and buttoned it up -Rowley seized me,threw the flap of my coat up,and Beazley opened it.,put her hand in to the pocket,took it out,and they ran away -a man stopped me and asked if they had robbed me,and said"It is no use,you will not catch them”-that detained me and they escaped-I gave information to the police,and next morning Rowley was taken up-she had held me while Beazley put her hand in my pocket and took the money-Rowley was remanded for a fortnight,and Beazley was afterwards taken-I have not a doupt about their persons-I have seen them together frequently for years.

THOMAS DOWSING.I am a policeman.On Wednesday,the 30th of May.I saw that two prisoners in company with the prosecution going into a public house in Broad street-next morning the prosecutor told me what occurred in George street-I today Rowley into custody -she was remanded for a fortnight,and at the end of the fortnight,Rowley was discharged,that I might find her companion Beazley,and in three days I took them both together.

GEORGE THORNTON.After Beazley was discharged,I contrived to go both prisoners together and then took them both together.

Rowleys defence The young woman was sitting in George street-the prosecutor sat down by the side of us -she had a penny in her hand-he told us to a public house,and parish for some gin and bitters-this was at another house-we came out and he took Beazley to the house,and paid 3d for the room-he promised her a shilling-he said he must change half a crown to pay her,but he would only give him 5d-I never saw any more of him till I was waken in the morning.

Willis Terry re-axamined I went to no house except where I treated them-I had drank nothing previously to meeting them.



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