Isabella is another convict who it is hard to go further back on than just
her convict records. She was supposedly born in Hull (Kingston-upon-Hull,
Yorkshire) around 1819. I have no record of her family members so this is
where it becomes difficult.
She was a plain cook and housemaid only 4 foot 11 and a half inches in height
and aged 22 when she was convicted. She had a fresh complexion, oval head,
brown eyes and eyebrows, small visage, low forehead, grey eyes, a medium nose
and mouth and a low chin. She had an E tattooed on her right arm.
She was tried at the Surrey Assizes on 29 March 1841 for stealing two
shawls. She had been convicted before and given 3 months for stealing a
dress, 21 days for stockings and 2 months for stealing off Mademoiselle de Laine?.
Isabella stated she had lived her last two years by thieving. Both her
gaol report and surgeon's report said she was bad. Whilst in England doing
research I found out more information about Isabella and her previous
She was given a seven year sentence and left England on the Garland Grove
on 10 October 1841. Upon arrival in Van Diemens Land she was assigned to
Mr Legge and on 10 February1842 she was given 7 days hard labour at the
Launceston House of Correction or Female Factory. This was for
disobedience of orders and insolence. A memo was sent to the Lieutenant
Governor on 18 February 1842. On 7 October 1842 she was married to Francis
COLGRAVE at Evandale. Three years later on 25 February 1845, she was
given her Ticket of Leave and recommended for her conditional pardon on 5 May
1846. This was approved on 21 September 1847.
Francis and Isabella's family