Elizabeth was born c1765 in possible London. At the age of 19 years she was charged with feloniously receiving, one linen gown, value 6 s. and a silk cloak, value 7 s. part of the said goods knowing them to have been stolen.
Elizabeth was found guilty at her trial at Old Bailey, 8 Dec 1784 and received a sentence of 14 years transportation to Africa.
Elizabeth arrived in NSW aboard Lady Penrhyn 1788, she had given birth to a stillborn son on the voyage to NSW aboard the Lady Penrhyn on 6 Jan 1787. The good behaviour of Elizabeth Colley, Elizabeth Lee and Elizabeth Hippseley on the voyage aboard the Lady Penrhyn was recorded by Surgeon Bowes, and all three recommended by Bowes on 30 Jan 1788 to be members of the party to be sent to Norfolk Island. All three women travelled to Norfolk Island aboard HM Supply arriving in Mar 1788 on 6 Mar 1788, leaving Port Jackson aboard HM Supply 15 Feb 1788.
On Norfolk Island she formed a relationship with Thomas Jamison (Surgeon’s First Mate HMS Sirius 1788), who also had travelled to Norfolk Island aboard HM Supply arriving in Mar 1788. Thomas was the father of her children:
- Maria Colley, born 14 Sept 1789 Norfolk Island, received half rations 30 Mar 1793 till 31 December 1795
- Thomas Colley, born 21 Nov 1790 Norfolk Island, died between Jan 1792 and Mar 1793 on Norfolk Island
- Elizabeth Colley, born 28 Mar 1793 Norfolk Island, received rations till 31 December 1795
- Harriet Colley, born 22 Dec 1794 Norfolk Island, received rations till 31 December 1795
- Frances Colley, born Sept 1796 Norfolk Island.
Elizabeth was on ration till 31 December 1795 on Norfolk Island. She received a conditional Pardon on 1 Aug 1797. Elizabeth and her children along with Thomas Jamison returned to Port Jackson (now known as Sydney) aboard HMS Reliance in Dec 1799. The children were recorded with the surname of Jamison on the HMS Reliance Dec 1799 shipping muster.
Thomas went to England on leave in Sept 1800, Elizabeth and their daughters travelled with him aboard HMS Buffalo . He travelled back to NSW in 1801 when he was appointed to the position of Surgeon-General of NSW. Thomas Jamison died in London on 27 Jan 1811, leaving a widow, Rebecca, who was granted a pension of £30. Their son and two daughters survived him. Jamison was also survived by Elizabeth Colley and their five daughters. He also made provision for his natural son born NSW by Sarah Place.
Denis Considen, Assistant Surgeon, Scarborough 1788 who worked with Jamison on Norfolk Island he had returned to England aboard Kitty in February 1794, was appointed “Guardians of his infant daughters” as per requested in Thomas Jamison will.
A thank you to Kerrie Sheather for a copy of Thomas Jamison will and other notes.
- Thomas Jamison
- Norfolk Island first landing party March 1788
- Deaths and Burials Norfolk Island 1788 – 1814
- Births and Deaths Norfolk Island 1788 to late January 1791
- HMS Reliance from Norfolk Island to Sydney Dec 1799
 The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t17841208-28
 List of passengers and invalids returned to England on the Kitty, 5 February 1794, [T1/728], PRO Reel 3555.
 Will of Thomas Jamison, Late Surgeon General of Upper Berkely Street Portman Square , Middlesex, TNA, 5 Feb 1811, PROB 11/1519/57.