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Elizabeth Cross (c. 1752–1822)

Elizabeth Steward alias Mary Compson was found guilty on 6 March 1790 at Worcester, England, of an unknown crime. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney aboard the Mary Ann in July 1791 as part of the Third Fleet.

Stewart (as she was known in the colony) married William Cross on 10 September 1791; the next month they were sent to Norfolk Island on the Atlantic where William settled as a farmer. The couple, with no children, left the island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Lady Nelson in February 1808, settling on 80 acres at Cambridge.

Elizabeth Cross died on 19 July 1822 at Hobart; her age was given as 70.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia —

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'Cross, Elizabeth (c. 1752–1822)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 30 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Stewart, Elizabeth
  • Steward, Elizabeth
  • Compson, Elizabeth

c. 1752


19 July, 1822 (aged ~ 70)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 7 years