Elizabeth Patrick

ELIZABETH PATRICK, aka ELIZA ELLIS, was a convict woman tried and convicted at Bristol Quarter Session on 13 January 1817 and sentenced to seven years transportation per Friendship (1818).

In 1821, ELIZABETH PATRICK was sentenced to two years in the Parramatta Female Factory. She was so well behaved for the first eleven months of her sentence that she was entrusted with the responsibility of serving as an overseer of the washing and other domestic tasks in the Factory and was recommended for early discharge into service.

Upon obtaining her freedom, she petitioned to have her husband CHARLES ELLIS, a convict who was serving his sentence in Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, to be assigned to her for the last 15 months of his sentence to help alleviate her “forlorn” destitute state. She was recorded as being a widow a couple of years later, at which time she was repeatedly punished for alcohol-related offences; for example doing time in the stocks “for being found on the streets at night in a state of mistification [sic]” and sent to the Factory for being “an abandoned drunkard.” In May 1834, Irish convict ANN LAMBERT accused ELIZA of robbing her of a shawl while ANN was in a state of inebriation in a house of ill-fame. Though ELIZA was found not guilty of robbing ANN LAMBERT, the very fact that ELIZA could be placed at such a location is itself rather telling regarding her increasingly reduced circumstances in life.


  • Alternate: ELIZA ELLIS
  • Alternate: ELIZABETH ELLIS


  • Born: Bristol
  • Tried and convicted: 13 January 1817, Bristol Quarter Session, England
  • Sentenced to seven years transportation
  • Sailed to the colony of New South Wales per Friendship: 3 July 1817
  • Arrived in the colony of New South Wales per Friendship: 14 January 1818, Port Jackson, New South Wales
  • Order that ELIZA ELLIS be delivered from Sydney Gaol to the Parramatta Female Factory to be confined there for two years: 3 July 1821
  • Recommended to be allowed to go into service since “her confinement of eleven months she has behaved herself very well, and in consequence of her good conduct, she has fulfilled the situation of overseer for nine months to superintend the washing and other domestic affairs of the Factory: 12 June 1822, Parramatta Female Factory
  • Colonial Secretary requests permission for ELIZA and husband CHARLES ELLIS to proceed to Port Macquarie per Lady Nelson: 20 January 1823
  • Petition for mitigation of her husband’s sentence: 4 May 1824
  • Sentenced to 2 hours in the stocks for “being found on the streets last night, in a state of mistification” [sic]: 11 November 1826, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Committed to gaol, a “widow”: 18 December 1828, Sydney Gaol, New South Wales
  • Sent to the Parramatta Female Factory third class for fourteen days for being “an abandoned drunkard”: 27 December 1828
  • Committed to Gaol for trial, suspected of having stolen ANN LAMBERT’s shawl: 8 May 1834, Sydney Gaol
  • Sent to General Hospital: 9 June 1834



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Sydney May 4th 1824


Pardon the liberty taken in Humbly Soliciting in behalf of my Husband Charles being myself Placed in a most forlorn and destitute State and as you have been so kind for to forgive him his punishment I hope you will further Extend your benevolence and permit him to go off the store as Govt. Servant to Myself who being his lawfull wife and free I hope my Humble request will meet your kind sanction, it will be a great Charity as I am in a most deplorable state of Indigence having been forced to make away with every thing for support and last week was forced to sell the only Blanket I have for subsistence.

I hope Hon. Sir you will take my misery into Humane Consideration and grant me my Husband who has only 15 mo. to serve before he is free and will be able to offer a Decent subsistence for us both and his services not being required I hope he may be despenced [sic] with and his future good bond I hope will be such as to merit the esteem of Every One.

Your kind Attention to My Humble Petition will be An Everlasting Obligation Upon Sir You Most [Humble?] Serv.t,

Eliza Ellis


  • New South Wales Government, Copies of letters sent within the Colony, Series 937, Reels 6004-6016, (State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Entrance books [Sydney Gaol], Series 2514, Reels 851–853, (State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Main series of letters received, 1788-1825, Series 897, Reels 6041-6064, 6071-6072, (State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • New South Wales Government, Petitions to the Governor from convicts for mitigation of sentences, 1810-25, Series 900, Fiche 3163-3253, (State Records Authority of New South Wales. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia).
  • Police Reports. SYDNEY,” The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), Saturday 11 November 1826, p. 3.
  • Police Office,” The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Saturday 10 May 1834, p. 2


# Convict

# English

# Punishment: Seven Years Transportation

# Ship: Friendship (1818)

# Parramatta Female Factory