Elizabeth Eccles (c.1742-1838)

Elizabeth, a convict transported per Lady Penrhyn (1788), is one of St. John’s First Fleeters. She worked as the dairy maid at the Government Dairy in what is now the World Heritage Listed Australian Convict site, Parramatta Park. Her grave is unmarked and therefore its location is unknown, but it is likely she is buried in the same grave as her husband, First Fleeter Thomas Eccles who predeceased her. She died on 26 July 1838 at Parramatta and was buried the same day.


  • Maiden Name: Elizabeth Bird
  • Alias: Winifred Bird
  • Married Name: Elizabeth Eccles
  • Alternate: Elizabeth Exeles
  • Colloquial: Betty Eccles

Burial Location

  • Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, but she is likely buried with her husband, Thomas Eccles in Section 2, Row P, No.8



  • Dairy Maid


  • Convict Lady Penrhyn (1788)
  • Dairy Maid, The Government Dairy, Parramatta Park


  • 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.
  • Ron Withington, Dispatched Downunder: Tracing the Resting Places of the First Fleeters, (Woolloomooloo, The Fellowship of First Fleeters, 2013), p.440


# First Fleet

# Convict

# Ship: Lady Penrhyn (1788)

# Burial year: 1838

# Grave: unmarked