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Elizabeth Scurrah (c. 1803–?)

Elizabeth Lovatt, a cook and laundry maid, was sentenced to 14 years transportation for stealing, at the Surrey Special Gaol Delivery on 19 December 1831. She arrived at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) aboard the Hydery in August 1832. According to records she 5 feet ¼ inch tall, and her native place was Nottingham. She was granted a conditional pardon on 18 January 1840.

Lovatt married Thomas Scurrah on 7 May 1834 in Hobart; they had four sons. Their five-week-old son, Thomas, died on 18 August 1834 at Hobart.

No death certificate has been found for Elizabeth Scurrah. Her husband remarried in 1857.

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'Scurrah, Elizabeth (c. 1803–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 June 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Lovatt, Elizabeth

c. 1803
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 14 years
Court: Surrey
Trial Date: 11 December 1831


Occupation: domestic servant


Children: Yes (4)