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Eleanor Holmes (1787–?)

Eleanor Barras née Marshall (1787- ) was found guilty on 5 August 1820 at the Newcastle Upon Tyne Assizes, Northumberland, of stealing monies from a person. Sentenced to 14 years transportation she arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Providence in January 1822. According to her gaol report she was a 'notorious pickpocket'. She was described as being 30 years old, was 5 feet 6 inches (167.6 cms) tall, and had dark brown hair and dark grey eyes. She couldn't write.

Barras was assigned to (William?) Nicholls but after being found drunk and disorderly, on 18 October 1822 she was confined to Hobart gaol. On 6 March 1823 she married John Holmes at Hobart; they had one son and two daughters.

Describing herself as a widower, Eleanor Holmes married George York, a labourer, on 19 May 1854 at St Mathew's Church, Clarence Plains, Tasmania. She was probably the Eleanor Holmes, house servant, who travelled to Port Albert, Victoria, on the schooner Sylvanus, leaving Hobart on 9 October 1846. Two of her children lived in Victoria. No death certificate has been located for her.

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'Holmes, Eleanor (1787–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 June 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Barras, Eleanor
  • Marshall, Eleanor
  • York, Eleanor

Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England

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Crime: theft (pickpocketing)
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Northumberland
Trial Date: 5 August 1820


Married: Yes