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Elizabeth (Eliza) Colley (c. 1765–?)

Elizabeth Colley (c.1765- ) was found guilty on 8 December 1784 at the Old Bailey, London, of receiving stolen goods. Sentenced to 14 years transportation she embarked for New South Wales on the Lady Penhryn in January 1787, arriving in the colony in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet. She had delivered a stillborn baby on 6 January 1787 while at sea.

Colley was sent to Norfolk Island on the Supply in February 1788. She had five children there, thought to have been fathered by Thomas Jamison. She received a conditional pardon on 1 August 1797 and in 1801 was marked 'gone to England', perhaps with Thomas Jamison.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 78

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c. 1765

Passenger Ship
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Convict Record

Crime: receiving stolen goods
Sentence: 14 years