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Elizabeth Heatherly (c. 1756–?)

Elizabeth Bason was found guilty, on 24 July 1784 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, of stealing seven yards of striped calico, worth 16 shillings from a shopkeeper. Her death sentence was reprieved to seven years transportation. She spent time on the Dunkirk hulk before arriving in Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Charlotte as part of the First Fleet.

Elizabeth had three children with James Heatherley. The family left the colony on the Endeavour, bound for India, in September 1795.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 26

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Bason, Elizabeth
  • Martin, Elizabeth

c. 1756
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Passenger Ship
Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years