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Elizabeth Shipp

Elizabeth Shipp, one of 110 convicts transported on the Northampton, December 1814

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Shipp
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1772
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 5th June, 1831
Age: 59 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Stealing money
Convicted at: Norfolk Assizes
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Northampton
Departure date: December, 1814
Arrival date: 18th June, 1815
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 109 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 193 (98)
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

Denis Pember on 29th March, 2016 wrote:

In the colony, Elizabeth lived with James Wilbow (Convict, Salamander, 1791).
She and James had 4 children:- William 1817, Margaret 1819, Jane 1822 and James 1823.
However, by the time of the census, it would appear that James and Elizabeth are no longer together.
Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 337…
[Ref S0804] Shipp, Elizabeth, 46, FS, Northampton, 1815, 7 years, Laundress at Cumberland Street, Sydney.
## No mention of James or indeed the children.

Phil Hands on 11th August, 2017 wrote:

Tried and convicted at the Norfolk Assizes on 9th August 1814, sentenced to transportation for 7 years.
Left England on 1st January 1815.
Ship:- the ‘Northampton’ sailed with 110 female convicts on board of which 4 died during the voyage.
Arrived on 18th June 1815.

In the colony, Elizabeth lived with convict James Wilbow (‘Salamander’ 1791).
She and James had 4 children:- William 1817, Margaret 1819, Jane 1822 and James 1823.

Elizabeth died on 5th June 1831 at Sydney after falling into the fire.

Sydney Gazette Thursday 9th June 1831 p. 3
The same day another inquest was held at the Coach and Horses, Cumberland-street, on a poor woman, named Elizabeth Shipp, living in that street, who had, on the afternoon of Sunday, while the other inmates of the house were absent, by some unaccountable accident, fallen into the fire, and become so dreadfully injured that she expired about 11 o’clock the same night. Verdict — Elizabeth Shipp was so severely and accidentally burnt on the 5th instant, that she expired a few hours after the accident.

Kym Harley on 30th April, 2019 wrote:

Elizabeths Children: Her eldest Child William died in infancy death certificate V18173746 2B. The second child Margaret Jane was a lodger of Edward Cattlin by 1828 Census living just I street away from Elizabeth. Jane also died in infancy death certificate V18235721 2B. The youngest child James born in 1823 this is not conclusive but possibly sent to live with his much older step brother also named James and his wife Elizabeth see 1828 Census shows a 5 year old James Wilbow living there the age fits.

D Wong on 30th April, 2019 wrote:

26/3/1814 Norfolk Chronicle Norfolk, England:

Committed to the Castle__by M. F. Rishton, Esq.
Eliz. Shipp, charged with having stolen a one pound note and one shilling, the property of Mr.Trundle, Gayton.

Robin Sharkey on 9th September, 2021 wrote:

Elizabeth Shipp was transported for seven years on ‘Northampton’ for having stolen the one pound note.

She was jailed in Norwich Castle (“the Castle” referred to in newspaper article below) for eight months before she was moved overland with another Norwich Castle female prisoner (Sophia Carman) to be embarked on the ‘Northampton’. They may have been taken to Deptford, near London, to be on-boarded, not Portsmouth, since Deptford was where most other convicts from regional areas were embarked (see e.g. Barton & Carter from Bury, Scottish women Baillie, Findlater, McGavin and the Inglis’s; York convicts Turner, Williamson and May).

Norfolk Chronicle, Saturday, 19 Nov 1814 p.2
“Thursday last, [17 Nov]  two female convicts, Elizabeth Shipp and Sophia Carman, were conveyed from the Castle to Portsmouth, for seven years’ transportation each ...”

Convict Changes History

Denis Pember on 29th March, 2016 made the following changes:

gender: f

Phil Hands on 11th August, 2017 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1772 (prev. 0000), date of death: 5th June, 1831 (prev. 0000)

D Wong on 30th April, 2019 made the following changes:


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