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Elizabeth (Fish) Powell (abt. 1766 - 1836)

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Elizabeth (Betty) Powell formerly Fish
Born about in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 24 Jan 1793 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Sydney, New South Wales, Australiamap
Profile last modified 9 Jun 2019 | Created 9 Jan 2019
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Betty (Fish) Powell came free to the Colony of New South Wales (1788-1900)
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Betty (Fish) Powell migrated from England to New South Wales.
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Elizabeth "Betty" Fish was born about 1766 at Sturminster Newton, Dorset, England.

Betty migrated to the infant penal settlement of New South Wales in 1792 aboard the Bellona, with her uncle and aunt, Thomas and Jane Rose. She also embarked with her infant daughter, Elizabeth, however the little girl died ten days out to sea.

Eight days after making port, on 24th January, she married fellow Bellona passenger, Edward Powell in St Phillip's Church of England, Sydney.[1] Together with the other other settlers from the Bellona, the couple immediately selected land in Sydney's Homebush-Strathfield area, mid-way between the two major settlements of Sydney and Parramatta; known then as Liberty Plains. Edward was granted 80 acres of land.

The land being quite poor, they abandoned Liberty Plains within two years and headed for the fertile Hawkesbury River to Sydney's north west. By 1806 the powells had returned to Liberty Plains, establishing a 'Halfway House' as an inn and accommodation for travellers. Edward died in 1814 and Betty applied for administration of his estate and for a publican's licence. By 1815 she was supplying meat to th government stores. She had also, however, established a relationship with an undesirable character, an Anthony Best.

By late 1819, Betty assigned her late husband's estate - that consisted of the land and inn at Liberty Plains, as well as land at the Hawkesbury and Bringelly - to her eldest son, Edward, and moved into Sydney Town with Best.

By 1828 she was living in Kent Street and in June 1829 in (church code CJ) she married James Moore,[2] an emancipated convict who had become commissar of government stores.

She passed away on 29th August 1836, aged 70 years, and was buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery.[3]


  1. New South Wales Marriage Index #2474/1820 V18202474 3A
  2. New South Wales Marriage Index #4575/1829 V18294575 3B
  3. New South Wales Death Index #163/1836 V1836163 20

See also:

  • Martin, Megan. Settlers and Convicts of the Bellona 1793: a Biographical Dictionary. Bellona Muster Committee 1793-1993. North Ryde, 1992.

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