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 Moore (c. 1783–1832)

Elizabeth Moore (1783- ), a servant, was found guilty on 4 August 1817 at Lancaster Quarter Sessions, Lancashire, of larceny. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney in September 1818 aboard the Maria.

Moore began living with John Ramsay, a farmer, not long after arriving in Sydney; they had two children: Elizabeth Harriet (1819) and John Thomas (1823). The relationship did not last and the children were place in the male and female orphan schools in the late 1820s.

Moore obtained her certificate of freedom on 5 August 1824. She was described as being 5 feet 6 ½ inches tall; with a ruddy complexion; grey, brown hair; and inflamed hazel eyes. 

Moore was found guilty on 26 May 1829 of ‘stealing in a dwelling’, and was sentenced to three months imprisonment in Sydney Gaol, and was ‘disposed of’ on 15 July to Parramatta.

Elizabeth Moore was buried on 18 June 1832 at Parramatta; her age was given as 42.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia —

Additional Resources

Citation details

'Moore, Elizabeth (c. 1783–1832)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]


c. 1783
Liverpool, Lancashire, England


17 June, 1832 (aged ~ 49)
Parramatta, 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 Places
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Lancashire
Trial Date: 4 August 1817


Occupation: domestic servant


Children: Yes (2)