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Elizabeth Arndell (1765–1843)

Elizabeth Arndell nee Dalton/Burleigh was found guilty in September 1785 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing fourteen linen handkerchiefs from a draper, with a value of 14s. Sentenced to seven years transportation, she arrived in New South Wales in January 1788 aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. She had a child by John Clement, a seaman, before being assigned to her future husband Thomas Arndell. They are believed to have been married in 1806 after having six children.

Elizabeth died in the home of her son, Thomas, on 30 January 1843 and was buried in the family vault at St Matthew's Cemetery, Windsor.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 93

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Alternative Names
  • Burleigh, Elizabeth
  • Burley, Elizabeth
  • Dalton, Elizabeth

10 January, 1765
London, Middlesex, England


30 January, 1843 (aged 78)
Cattai, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: September 1785