Eliza Ellis and Ann Lambert

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
10 May 1834

ELIZA ELLIS, an elderly female, was put to the Bar, charged with robbing ANN LAMBERT, an assigned servant of Mrs. HOWELL, of a shawl, of the value of £2 10s. Prosecutrix stated, that on Sunday night, being a little intoxicated, she went into the prisoner’s house in Clarence Street, and lay down on a bed, having previously pulled off some of her clothes. Some time after, a constable who had traced her to the house, came in and took her in custody as a runaway; her shawl was missing. Defendant said that prosecutrix had no shawl on when she came into her house. Constable O’MEARA obtained a search warrant, but could not find the shawl. The prisoner was remanded for further examination.

Trial outcome: ELIZA ELLIS, formerly an inmate of the Parramatta Female Factory, was sent to the General Hospital. Another person, PETER HOLMES, was eventually tried for the crime and found not guilty.


See Original: “Police Office,” The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Saturday 10 May 1834, p. 2.

See also: “POLICE INCIDENTS,” The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 – 1842), Thursday 8 May 1834, p. 3.

See also: “LAW INTELLIGENCE. SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS, JULY 24, 1834,” The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 – 1842), Thursday 24 July 1834, p. 2.

See also: “Quarter Sessions,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Friday 25 July 1834, p. 3.