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Alice Stanfield (c. 1758–1830)

Alice/Ellis Harmsworth (c.1758-1830) arrived at Sydney in January 1788 aboard the Prince of Wales with her marine husband and two children; a baby born on the voyage died a few weeks later at Port Jackson on 25 February 1788. Harmsworth's husband died on 30 April 1788. She married Daniel Stanfield on 15 October 1791. The family moved to Norfolk Island on the Atlantic at the end of the month where Stanfield took up a 60 acre grant at Cascade Stream, Philipsburgh.

Alice, her husband, and their four younger children left Norfolk Island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the City of Edinburgh in September 1808, where they held land at Clarence Plains, Lennox, and Meville.

Alice Stanfield's burial was registered at St David's Hobart on 8 October 1830; her age was given as 74.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 159

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Alternative Names
  • Harmsworth, Alice

c. 1758


7 October, 1830 (aged ~ 72)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


Passenger Ship
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