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Eleanor Wise

Eleanor Wise, one of 327 convicts transported on the Indefatigable and Minstrel, 09 May 1812

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Eleanor Wise
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1789
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 30th June, 1862
Age: 73 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 7 years

Crime: Larceny
Convicted at: London Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Indefatigable and Minstrel
Departure date: 9th May, 1812
Arrival date: 19th October, 1812
Place of arrival New South Wales [Minstrel] and Van Diemen's Land [Indefatigable]
Passenger manifest Travelled with 329 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/2, Page Number 61 (32)
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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Sandra Bowes on 27th April, 2014 wrote:

married William Moore

D Wong on 28th April, 2014 wrote:

Old Bailey:

ELEANOR WISE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st of February , a gown, value 7 s. the property ofWilliam Brass .
MARTHA BRASS . I am wife to William Brass , he is a carpenter and builder , No. 41 Wood Street . I lost my gown on the 1st of February.
Q. Why do you accuse the prisoner. - A. She came to my house to be hired as a servant on the last day of January. On the 1st day of February I went after her character, during the time I went for her character, she came for her answer, and was asked down into my kitchen, and while my servant came up to say she had come, she stole a gown from off the basket that had just come from the mangler. On the Monday following, a young woman came to my house to ask me if I had not hired a young woman as servant of the name of Ann Evans .
Q. Was the prisoner present. - A. No, I agreed to take the prisoner, her character suited. When she came to my house my husband sent for a constable, he searched her and found twenty-nine duplicates in her pocket, one of them was for my gown, pawned at Mr. Sadlers, Aldergate Street.
GEORGE HENRY CLEAVE . I am a pawnbroker, I live with Mr. Sadler, this gown was pawned with me on the 5th of February in the name of Taylor, for three shillings, I cannot say the prisoner is the person that pledged it, the duplicate produced by Mrs. Brass is our duplicate.
The prisoner said nothing in her defence, nor called any witnesses to character.
GUILTY , aged 22,
Transported for Seven Years .

From the research of Shirley Sanderson:
After her conviction in February 1811, Eleanor spent time in terrible conditions back in prison or on one of the ‘hulks’ awaiting a transport ship.  She only arrived in the colony aboard the ‘Minstrel’ on 25th October 1812. 
Eleanor was at the Female Factory but did not remain there for very long.  William may have visited the Factory and chosen Eleanor.  William asked her to be his bride, she agreed and they were married at St John’s Church, Parramatta, on the 12th April 1813 by the Rev. Samuel Marsden.*  The witnesses were Colonel John Thorn and Elizabeth Thorn.  Both William and Eleanor made their cross in the marriage register. They had 6 children.

Denis Pember on 1st March, 2017 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
Page 272…..
[Ref M2830] Moore, William, 45, free by servitude, Royal Admiral, 1800, 7 years, Protestant, constable, district, Castle Hill. 50 acres, 40 cleared, 4 cultivated.
[Ref M2831] Moore, Eleanor, 40, free by servitude, Minstrel, 1812, 7 years.
[Ref M2832] Moore, William (Jun), 14, born in the colony.
[Ref M2833] Moore, Samuel, 13, born in the colony.
[Ref M2834] Moore, James, 10, born in the colony.
[Ref M2835] Moore, Elizabeth, 7, born in the colony.
[Ref M2836] Moore, Eleanor (Jun), 2, born in the colony.
[Ref M2837] Moore, Mary, 2, born in the colony.

Convict Changes History

Sandra Bowes on 27th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1789 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1862 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

D Wong on 28th April, 2014 made the following changes:

date of death: 30th June, 1862 (prev. 1862)

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