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Marr, Elizabeth (1762–1825)

Elizabeth Needham was sentenced at the Old Bailey to seven years transportation for stealing two pairs of silk stockings. She arrived in Sydney in 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. Shortly after landing she married fellow convict William Snailham. They had two children. By 1796 Snailham had died and a grant of land was issued to Elizabeth in her own right. Two years later she was operating a public house in Sydney and was living with John Driver. They returned to England in 1798. In 1800 they obtained permission to return to Sydney as free settlers. They arrived at Port Jackson aboard the Minorca in 1801.

The Drivers ran a warehouse, store and publican licence between 1803-09. John died in 1810. Elizabeth married Henry Marr, a successful emancipist in that same year. She died in England following her third trip to her homeland was buried in St. Thomas’s Cathedral, Portsmouth.

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Alternative Names
  • Gore, Elizabeth
  • Driver, Elizabeth
  • Needham, Elizabeth
  • Snaleham, Elizabeth
  • Snailham, Elizabeth

21 August 1762
London, Middlesex, England


3 January 1825
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

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