People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

Elizabeth Hall (c. 1767–1835)

Elizabeth Hall (c.1767-1835), the wife of William Hall, mariner, was found guilty on 18 January 1786 at the Newcastle upon Tyne Quarter Sessions of two counts of petty larceny. She was described as 'aged 18, about 4ft 8, healthy and strong'. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Hall was sent to Norfolk Island on the Sirius in March 1790. She lived with John Burn until he left the island in November 1795. Hall was listed as 'off stores' in 1805. Some time before 1811 she moved to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), where, in that year, her residence was recorded as Hobart. By 1822 she was living in the Lunatic Asylum at Parramatta. By 1825 she had moved to the Liverpool Asylum. She died there on 13 May 1835 and was buried at St Luke's Liverpool; her age was given as 83.

information from

  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 155
  • HMS Sirius 1796-1790 — accessed 7 September 2020

Citation details

'Hall, Elizabeth (c. 1767–1835)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 April 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]


c. 1767


13 May, 1835 (aged ~ 68)
Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Cultural Heritage

Includes subject's nationality; their parents' nationality; the countries in which they spent a significant part of their childhood, and their self-identity.

Passenger Ship
Key Events
Key Places
Social Issues
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years