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Elizabeth Hervey (1757–1788)

Elizabeth Hervey (c.1757-1788) was found guilty in 1784 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, of breaking into a house and stealing clothing. Her death sentence was commuted to 14 years transportation. Hervey remained in Ipswich Gaol until sent to the Dunkirk hulk on 24 October 1786. She was discharged to the Friendship in March 1787 and transferred to the Charlotte on 11 August 1787 at Rio de Janeiro, arriving at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Hervey was buried at Sydney Cove on 8 June 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 173

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Suffolk, England


7 June, 1788 (aged ~ 31)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years