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Elizabeth Westlake (c. 1753–1808)

Elizabeth Wood (c.1753-1808) a married woman, and Sarah Conjuit, were found guilty on 9 September 1789 at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing a pair of cotton stockings and a pair of silk stockings from a hosier's shop. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, Wood arrived at Sydney with her baby daughter, aboard the Neptune in June 1790 as part of the Second Fleet.

Wood was sent to Norfolk Island with her daughter on the Surprize in August 1790. She lived with Edward Westlake. In January they were settled on a 24 acre farm. By 1807 they held 82 acres, owned 36 pigs and 21 sheep and held 100 bushels of maize in store — and had eight children. 

The couple left Norfolk Island for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) with six children on the City of Edinburgh in September 1808, settling on 105 acres at Clarence Plains.

Elizabeth Westlake died (as Elizabeth Wood) at Hobart and was buried on 19 November 1808; her age was given as 45.

* information from Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), pp 623-24

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Wood, Elizabeth
  • Adams, Elizabeth

c. 1753
London, Middlesex, England


18 November, 1808 (aged ~ 55)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death


Cultural Heritage

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Key Events
Convict Record

Crime: theft (shop)
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Old Bailey, London
Trial Date: 9 September 1789


Married: Yes
Children: Yes (1)


Children: Yes (7)