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Bridget Myers (c. 1805–1866)

Bridget Clifford (c.1805-1866), a needlewoman, was found guilty in October 1830 at Limerick, Ireland, of stealing a watch. Sentenced to 7 years transportation she arrived at Sydney aboard the Hooghley in September 1831. She was described as being 25 years old, 4 feet 11¼ inches (150.5 cms) tall, with a pale freckled complexion, black hair and hazel eyes. She could read and write, was a Roman Catholic and used the alias Margaret Clifford.

Clifford worked as a house servant for John Blaxland at Newington in 1832. She married Isaac Cribb on 6 May 1833 at Richmond but by 1839 was in a relationship with James Collits with whom she had a daughter Caroline in 1840. She married (as Bridget Clifford) William Myers on 29 January 1845 at Berrima.

Bridget Myers died on 9 May 1856 at Hyde Park Asylum for Infirm and Destitute Women, Sydney; her age was given as 56.

* information from Biographical Database of Australia —

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'Myers, Bridget (c. 1805–1866)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 14 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Clifford, Bridget
  • Clifford, Margaret
  • Cribb, Bridget
  • Collits, Bridget

c. 1805
Limerick, Ireland


9 May, 1866 (aged ~ 61)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Limerick (Ireland)
Trial Date: October 1830


Occupation: needlewoman


Children: Yes (1)