Deborah Herbert (c.1767-1819)

One of 17 First Fleeters with memorials buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta. Deborah was a convict transported with the First Fleet per Prince of Wales (1788). She married fellow St. John’s First Fleeter, John Herbert. Though Deborah can claim Australia’s first domestic violence case to be brought before the Courts, the couple went on to be successful settlers.


  • Alternate: Deborah Elam
  • Alternate: Deborah Ellam



  • Judith Dunn, The Parramatta Cemeteries: St. John’s, (Parramatta, NSW: Parramatta and District Historical Society, 1991)
  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1989)
  • Parish Burial Records, Textual Records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.


# First Fleet

# Convict

# Ship: Prince of Wales (1788)

# Burial year: 1819

# Grave: marked