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Douglass, Elizabeth (c. 1766–?)

Elizabeth Douglass was sentenced to 7 years transportation for robbing another woman at the 26 March 1787 Warwick Assizes. She arrived in Sydney in June 1790 aboard the Lady Juliana as part of the Second Fleet. Eight weeks after landing she was sent to Norfolk Island. In early 1791 she was one of only three women given a piece of land at Charlotte Field (Queenborough) to cultivate. In February she was issued with a sow and had cleared 41 rods of her land by 1 July. In June 1792 she was partly self-supporting. From about this time Douglass began living with John Bayliss. Their daughter was born in 1794. The family sailed to Port Jackson May 1797 on the Daedalus.

In 1800 and 1802 John Bayliss is recorded farming without a wife or child. Elizabeth had either died or left the colony. No further records have been found for her.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 249

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'Douglass, Elizabeth (c. 1766–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 14 August 2020.

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c. 1766

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