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Collits, Eleanor (Ellen) (c. 1796–c. 1838)

Eleanor Leach (c.1796-c.1838) a housemaid, was found guilty on 9 April 1823 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a shawl valued at 3 shillings. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney aboard the Brothers in May 1824. She was described as being 28 years old, 5 feet 4½ inches (163.8 cms) tall, with a sallow complexion, brown hair and hazel eyes.

Leach was sentenced to serve 12 months at the Female Factory, Parramatta, on 6 December 1824. In 1828 she was worked as a government servant for Pierce Collits. She married Collits' son, James, on 6 August 1832 at Castlereagh. It is believed that she died sometime before James married again in 1840.

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Alternative Names
  • Collitts, Eleanor
  • Leach, Eleanor
  • Collett, Eleanor

c. 1796
Dublin, Ireland


c. 1838
New South Wales, Australia

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