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Ellen Smith (1794–1862)

Ellen Moon née Harkins lived in County Derry, Ireland, when she was tried and found guilty of stealing linen in 1824. She was sentenced to life transportation and arrived in Sydney aboard the Mariner in 1825.

She worked at the Parramatta Female Factory. In 1825 she and James Smith applied to the authorities for permission to marry. Their request was denied in 1826. They reapplied the next year and were married in 1829.

Ellen gained her pardon in 1840. She was described in the convict indent as 5 feet ½ inch (152.5 cms) tall, with red hair and chestnut eyes.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Harkins, Ellen
  • Harkon, Ellen
  • Moon, Elizabeth

Antrim, Antrim, Ireland


26 December, 1862 (aged ~ 68)
McGraths Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: life