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Elizabeth Parker (c. 1764–1788)

Elizabeth Parker (c.1764-1788) was found guilty on 23 March 1785 at Gloucester of breaking into a house and stealing a linen gown and coarse linen shirt. She had a daughter while in gaol with fellow convict Hugh Pugh. On 23 March 1787 she, the baby and Pugh were ordered to Portsmouth to leave for New South Wales on the Prince of Wales. They instead embarked on the Friendship. Parker and her daughter were transferred to the Charlotte on 28 October 1787. They arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Elizabeth Parker was buried (as Elizabeth Pugh) at Port Jackson on 19 February 1788.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), pp 274

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Pugh, Elizabeth

c. 1764


18 February, 1788 (aged ~ 24)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
Key Events
Key Places
Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years