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Eccles, Elizabeth (Betty) (1742–1835)

Elizabeth Bird alias Winifred Bird was sentenced to seven years' transportation for stealing a wether lamb. Her age on embarkation was given as 45 and her occupation 'in service'.  She arrived in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet aboard the Lady Penryhn.

In March 1790, Elizabeth was sent by the Sirius to Norfolk Island, where she began living with fellow convict, Thomas Eccles. They were one of nearly 100 couples who were married on the Island in November 1791. In March 1801 the couple returned to Port Jackson on the Porpoise.

In the 1814 Muster she was listed as ‘Mrs Eccles’. In 1821 she was employed as a housekeeper. She died at Parramatta on 25 July 1835, her age given as 105, but probably nearer 93. She was buried the next day at St John’s cemetery, Sydney.

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'Eccles, Elizabeth (Betty) (1742–1835)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/eccles-elizabeth-betty-14053/text33460, accessed 19 July 2019.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Hackells, Betty
  • Bird, Elizabeth
  • Bird, Winifred
Birth

18 September 1742
Kent, England

Death

26 July 1835
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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