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Elizabeth Lowe (c. 1773–1836)

Elizabeth Hayward (1773-1836), a clog maker, was found guilty on 10 January 1787 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a linen gown, silk bonnet, and a cloak from the man to whom she was apprenticed. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, she arrived at Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Hayward was ordered to receive 30 lashes for insolence on 9 February 1788. She was sent to Norfolk island on the Sirius in March 1790. She had three children Elizabeth (b.1794), Margaret (b.c. 1795) and Robert (b.1796) with William Nicholls. Nicholls left the island to return to England in about 1796. Hayward then had a son George (b.1802) with George Collins. Following Collins' sudden death in 1803 Hayward lived with Joseph Lowe. The couple, and two of Hayward's children, left Norfolk Island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Lady Nelson in January 1813, settling eventually at Launceston.

As Elizabeth Lowe she died at Launceston in October 1836 and was buried on 29 October 1836 at St John's Old Cypress St Cemetery; her age was recorded as 66.

information from

  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 169
  • HMS Sirius 1786-1790 — accessed 8 September 2020

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  • Hayward, Elizabeth
  • Haywood, Elizabeth

c. 1773
London, Middlesex, England


28 October, 1836 (aged ~ 63)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years