Elizabeth Hale was born in Gloucestershire in 1785. She lived in Blakeney and had one child also called Elizabeth. In July 1818, she was sentenced to 14 days in prison for theft. On 3 March 1835, at the age of 50, she was sentenced to be transported for 7 years for counselling and aiding her daughter to steal 16s and 2 handkerchiefs from John Knight of St Briavels and receiving stolen goods. Her daughter was sentenced to six months in Littledean prison with the last month in solitary. After a spell on the hulks, Hale was transferred to the Mary which set sail for New South Wales on 13 April 1835 and arrived on 6 September 1835.