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Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith, one of 121 convicts transported on the Morley, 17 May 1820

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Elizabeth Smith
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

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

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 Life

Crime: -
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: Morley
Departure date: 17th May, 1820
Arrival date: 30th September, 1820
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 123 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 328
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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Nell Murphy on 21st October, 2019 wrote:

N.B. There are two persons named “Elizabeth SMITH” on this sailing of the ‘Morley’ 1820.  This Elizabeth was convicted at London.

Elizabeth SMITH was convicted at Middlesex Gaol, London in 1819. Death sentence, commuted to Life . Transported to Australia per the ship ‘Morley’. Arrived Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania).

Colony of VDL:
Assigned to service work.
1824: sent to Female Factory.
30 Oct 1834: Conditional Pardon approved, no. 643

Maureen Withey on 16th February, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 February 2020), December 1819, trial of JAMES MILLER WILLIAM HOWARD MARY CAMPBELL ELIZABETH SMITH HANNAH BARKER (t18191201-99).

98. JAMES MILLER , WILLIAM HOWARD , MARY CAMPBELL , ELIZABETH SMITH , and HANNAH BARKER were indicted for feloniously assaulting Robert Arnott , on the 13th of November , at St. Martin in the Fields , putting him in fear and taking from his person and against his will, two handkerchiefs, value 4 s., and 18 s. in monies numbered , his property.

ROBERT ARNOTT . On Saturday, the 13th of November, about twelve o’clock at night, as I was coming along the Strand, towards Vine-street, the prisoner, Barker, persuaded me to go with her into a parlour in Vine-street, Chandos-street ; through a great deal of persuasion she got me in there, and asked me for half a crown to drink - I refused. She then cried out Murder! in the room - she had locked the room door, and in a few minutes the other prisoners forced the door open; as soon as Howard got into the room, he struck me a blow on my mouth, which loosened one of my teeth. I fell on my knees from the blow, and Miller struck me on the head - I fell, it cut my hat. Howard put one of his hands into my breeches pocket, then Miller and Howard both struck me, and the women assisted in holding me while they robbed me of my money. Howard took the money out of my pocket - they took 18 s. in silver. I cried out for assistance to the watchman, who forced the street door open, and came in - as soon as he forced the door open the prisoners all ran up two pair of stairs. I ran up with the watchman, and gave them all in charge; they took a handkerchief from my neck and one from my pocket - they took them by force - I am sure it was all the prisoners; Smith and Campbell were more active than the woman who took me in.

Prisoner BARKER. Q. Will you swear I took you in - A. Yes.

Prisoner SMITH. Q. Am not I the woman who met you in Chandos-street - A. No; they were all in the room in a gang ready for me. I was sober. I had walked all the way from Bishopsgate-street.

TIMOTHY RYAN . I am a watchman. On the 14th of November, about one o’clock in the morning, I was at the corner of Chandos-street, St. Martin’s-lane, and heard a rattle spring at the corner of Vine-street. I went into Vine-street. I heard the cry of Murder! I got close to the door, and called to them to open it; there was no answer. I forced it open and got inside. The prosecutor came up with his lip cut, and said he had been struck, knocked down, and robbed of some money and his handkerchief off his neck and another handkerchief. I asked him where they were? he said they were gone up stairs. We put a watchman at the door. I went up stairs with the prosecutor and another watchman, and found all the prisoners up stairs in the two pair of stairs room, except Barker, who was at the top of the stairs. The prosecutor pointed the two men out, and said the women had assisted in robbing him. He said Howard first struck him, and Miller next.

Q. Did he say which woman he went in with - A. No, my Lord, I got more watchmen to assist me, and took all the five prisoners to the watch-house.

Prisoner MILLER. Q. When you came up, was I dressed or not - A. His coat was off - he had time to do that, for I was five or ten minutes at the door before I could get in.

ROBERT BOURK . I am a watchman of Vine-street. After one o’clock in the morning, I heard the cry of Murder! in the house, sprang my rattle, and placed the next watchman to me at the door, to let nobody in or out until I got assistance. I went into the house, and found the prosecutor, who told me they were gone up stairs. I went up with him, and met Barker at the top of the stairs all over wet - she was crying. I thought they had been ill-using her, as she was wet, and standing on the stairs. I took them all into custody.

Prisoner SMITH. Q. Did you charge us with the robbery - A. Arnott charged them with the robbery next day, but not that night.

THOMAS RYAN re-examined. As soon as I went into the room he pointed them out, and said they had robbed him.

WILLIAM NETTLETON . I was constable of the night. The prisoners were brought to the watch-house. The prosecutor charged the two men with knocking him down and robbing him of 18 s., and two handkerchiefs - the watchman charged the women with making a riot. Next morning the prosecutor charged them with aiding and assisting.

Prisoner SMITH. Q. Did not the prosecutor say that Mary Platt brought him to the house - A. No, he said he was looking for Mary Platt .

MILLER’S Defence. I lodged at this house. On Saturday night, the 13th of October, I received my wages, and was with my companions till near twelve o’clock; I got intoxicated, went home, and went to bed that instant - I never saw the prosecutor. I was roused out of my bed by hearing the noise. I never saw the other man till I got to the watch-house.

HOWARD’S Defence. I had received 25 s., and had a pint of beer. About a quarter after twelve o’clock I heard the cry down the street, and went into the house to see what was the matter. Some women were quarrelling on the stairs, covered with water - I told them not to pull each other about. While I was talking to them. the prosecutor came up with the watchman and gave us in charge - he gave the girls in charge for being disorderly.

BARKER’S Defence. I was with some young women till half-past twelve o’clock at night up stairs. I live at No. 3; this is No. 5. Smith had been quarrelling with Campbell, and said she would have her spite of her. She forced the door open and struck her on the breast, and called watch. The watchman came up, and sent for the prosecutor, who said the men had robbed him of 18 s. and a handkerchief. He went to the watch-house and charged the men only with the robbery. No otherswere mentioned, for he said he had been in company with Platt. On Monday he told the Magistrate I took him into the house.

CAMPBELL’S Defence. I never saw the prosecutor there till he came into the room with the watchman.

SMITH’S Defence. I was going along Vine-street for a pot of beer; the man called after me. I said I was going for some beer. He followed me into the public-house, and drank the beer. I went to the door with him; he offered me 2 s. I said that was not sufficient. He said he had no more. He went into the parlour, and asked me to stop with him a few minutes for 2 s. 6 d., which I agreed to. I left him in a few minutes. I never saw him again till he came up with the watchman about an hour after. The watchman seeing me in a row said,

“Go and fetch the baker; I dare say these are the men who have robbed him.” We were taken to the watch-house. The constable of the night said,

“Let the women go;” the watchman said,

“No, I give them in charge for making a noise in the house.” heard nothing about a handkerchief. It is an open house.

ROBERT ARNOTT re-examined. I never found my handkerchief. All the women were in the room, and assisted in robbing me.

MILLER - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 35.

HOWARD - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 19.


SMITH - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 24.

BARKER - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 22.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

https://stors.tas.gov.au/CON13-1-2$init=CON13-1-2p56  and following pages.
List of female convicts from Morely (3),  Master, Brown, in 1820, who landed at Hobart, not Sydney.

Elizabeth Smith, Convicted at Middlesex G.D., 1 Dec 1819, Life.

All three women arrived in VDL on Morley.

Convict Changes History

Nell Murphy on 21st October, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: f

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