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Isabella Oldfield (c. 1764–1789)

Isabella Oldfield (1764-1789) and her brother Thomas were found guilty on 20 July 1786 at Manchester of stealing a piece of lawn and two other pieces of cloth with a total value of 8 pence. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, Isabella was sent to the Dunkirk hulk on 1 November 1786, where she remained until she embarked for New South Wales on the Friendship in March 1787. She transferred to the Prince of Wales on 28 October at the Cape of Good Hope and arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

 Oldfeld was buried at Sydney Cove on 17 March 1789.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 268

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c. 1764
Skipton, Yorkshire, England


16 March, 1789 (aged ~ 25)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Manchester
Trial Date: 20 July 1786