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Williams, Eleanor (1763–1793)

Eleanor McCabe, a hawker, and Ann George were found guilty, on 11 May 1785, at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing six copper halfpence and three shillings. Sentenced to seven years transportation, the women arrived in Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. She gave birth to a stillborn child on 24 November 1787. It is likely that the boy's father was a seaman or officer on the Lady Penrhyn.

McCabe married Charles Williams (as Christopher Magee) on 31 August 1788; they had two children. Eleanor, who was six months' pregnant, drowned after a boat in which she was travelling with another woman overturned at Breakfast Point.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 227

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Alternative Names
  • McCabe, Eleanor
  • McCave, Eleona



21 January 1793
Breakfast Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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