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Ellen Toft

Ellen Toft, one of 192 convicts transported on the Tasmania, 09 September 1844

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Ellen Toft
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1808
Occupation: Housemaid
Date of Death: 2nd March, 1851
Age: 43 years

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 61 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 10 years

Crime: Stealing from the person
Convicted at: Chester, Nether Knutsford Quarter Sessions
Sentence term: 10 years
Ship: Tasmania
Departure date: 9th September, 1844
Arrival date: 20th December, 1844
Place of arrival Van Diemen's Land
Passenger manifest Travelled with 191 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 91, Class and Piece Number HO11/14, Page Number 161 (82)
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

Maureen Withey on 5th December, 2019 wrote:

Colonial Times, Hobart, 22 Sept 1848.
CONVICT DEPARTMENT.  Comptroller-General’s Office, Sept. 18, 1848.
In accordance with the Act of Council 6th Victoria, No. 18, I hereby give notice, for the first time, that His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor has been pleased to approve of the solemnization of Matrimony between the under-mentioned parties :—
William Jacobs, T.L., Lord Auckland, residing at Launceston, and Ellen Toft, Tasmania, in private service, residing at Tamar.

D Wong on 6th December, 2019 wrote:

Ellen Toft was listed as 36 years old on arrival.

Place of Birth: Macclesfield.

Brother: Henry
Sisters: Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth - all near Manchester.

Ellen was 4’8½” tall, fair complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes, scar back of right hand.
Ellen was a widow - husband John transported 16 years earlier.
(John Toft per Sarah 1829).

12/10/1848: Married William Jacobs (Lord Auckland 1844) at the Holy Trinity Church, Launceston.

11/12/1849: TOL

9/9/1850 Launceston Examiner:
Assault.-The attention of the police magis trate was occupied for a considerable time yester day in investigating a charge of assault preferred by a woman named Maria Hutchinston, against another named Ellen Toft. The defendant, it appeared, had used very threatening language, and had declared, amongst other things, that she would ” give her (the prosecutrix) the contents of a knife.”- This, however, she did not do, but compromised the matter by using a small piece of stick, with which she wounded the complainant on the chin. A number of witnesses were examined, but their evidence was very contradictory, and it appeared that the prosecutrix had given some provocation. The police magistrate sen tenced the defendant to pay a fine of £2, or, in default, to be confined for two months.

2/3/1851: Ellen Jacob died at Launceston of ‘Inflammation of the Liver’, aged 44.

9/9/1851: CP

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 5th December, 2019 made the following changes:

gender: f

D Wong on 6th December, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1808 (prev. 0000), date of death: 2nd March, 1851 (prev. 0000), occupation, crime

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