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Orphan Number: 1048
Orphan: Mary Ann COLLIS
Mother:COLLIS, Elizabeth
Father:,
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:9yrs
Date admitted:16 Nov 1835
Date discharged:1 Aug 1841
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: James Smith, South Port
Remarks: parents in prison
References: SWD28, CSO1/802/17152, CSO5/86/1885, CSO5/191/4635,


This orphan has been claimed by: Mary-Jane Hooker

Mary Ann is, I believe my Great Great Aunt.

Born in BRIGHTON 1827 Tasmania Australia - baptismal Reg No 3803, last child of Elizabeth Collis nee Williams, (born free Norfolk Island to Robert Ryan and Frances Williams) and Charles Collis born Oxford, transported per Admiral Gambier to NSW and who as a couple came to Tasmania (VDL) with older children per "Jupiter."  

Charles died 1842 (a year after Mary Ann was assigned from the Orphan School), after his release from prison. He would have been in gaol for sheep stealing, tried with Eilzabeth's half sisters husband in 1824 - William Davis. Elizabeth was also tried for sheep stealing in 1835 with William Westwood Elizabeth received a condition pardon in 1844 and remarried Robert McDougal and they lived in Brighton on property owned by James Collis,  Orphan Mary Ann's eldest brother.  

I believe Mary Ann married Richard Stockdale 9 June 1849 St MARKS Pontville BRIGHTON Reg No 21, having 6 children.    

There is more information on my website.


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