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Eleanor Williams (1763–1793)

Eleanor McCabe (c.1763-1793), a hawker, and Ann George were found guilty, on 11 May 1785, at the Old Bailey, London, of stealing six copper halfpence and three shillings. Sentenced to seven years transportation, the women arrived in Sydney aboard the Lady Penrhyn as part of the First Fleet. McCabe gave birth to a stillborn child on 24 November 1787. The boy's father is not known but would have been a seaman or officer on the Lady Penrhyn.

McCabe married Charles Williams on 31 August 1788; they had two children.

Eleanor Williams, who was six months' pregnant, drowned on 21 January 1793 after a boat in which she was travelling with another woman overturned at Breakfast Point, near Concord, Sydney.

* information from Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 227

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • McCabe, Eleanor
  • McCave, Eleona



21 January, 1793 (aged ~ 30)
Breakfast Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years