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Elizabeth Morris (1775–1824)

Elizabeth Watts, a dairymaid, arrived in Sydney aboard the Bellona in 1793 as part of the family group of Thomas Rose. Rose had accepted the British Government's invitation of free passage to New South Wales (as well as land, tools, and enough provisions for two years) for experienced farmers. Soon after landing Watts began a relationship with James Morris, a soldier in the NSW Corps; they were to have 11 children before Morris died in 1813. Elizabeth continued to run their shopkeeping business in Pitt Street, Sydney. She died on 10 July 1824 and was buried as Elizabeth Morris in the Elizabeth Street Burial ground; her age was given as 49.

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  • Watts, Elizabeth

Dorset, England


10 July, 1824 (aged ~ 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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