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Hannah Morley (c. 1779–1853)

Hannah Railton (1808-1853) was found guilty on 29 October 1806 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing five handkerchiefs worth 20 shillings from a shop. Her death sentence was commuted to 7 years transportation. She arrived at Sydney in November 1808 aboard the Speke and was living with Joseph Morley the next next year. The couple's daughter was born either late 1809 or early 1810; they had at least six more children.

Railton was granted a conditional pardon on 31 January 1818. She married Joseph Morley on 22 June 1818.

Hannah Morley died at Sydney on 27 July 1853; her age was given as 61. She was interred with her husband in the Elizabeth St Burial Ground (the site of the modern Central Railway Station). Their headstone was transferred to the Woronora cemetery.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Railton, Hannah
  • Elton, Hannah
  • Relton, Hannah

c. 1779


27 July, 1853 (aged ~ 74)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life