Signs for CONVICT

Meaning: to decide officially in a court of law that someone is guilty of a particular crime.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Deaf Studies/History

Elizabeth "Betty" Steel (England, 1766-1795) was the first known deaf European convict and was shipped on the Lady Juliana with other about 150 (hearing) convicts to Australia in 1789. Betty was convicted for stealing a man's wrist watch. In court, before she was convicted, she was questioned whether she was actually deaf-mute or pretending to be.

Further information

"The Story of Betty Steel: Deaf Convict and Pioneer" by Jan Branson

Convict Records: Elizabeth Steel.

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