|Age when admitted:||4yrs|
|Date admitted:||3 May 1832|
|Date discharged:||12 Jul 1842|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Discharged to:||George L Horne|
|Remarks:||father a whaler - deserted for 4 years by parents|
|References:||SWD7, 24p382, 28, CSO5/93/2074, CSO5/86/1885|
Ellen Garrity was the daughter of Charles Garrity and Ann Synot, and was baptised in Hobart on 11 February 1828. Charles was a private in the Royal Staff Corp on the HMAS The Chapman which arrived in Hobart on 11 October 1826. His wife Ann was also on the ship and gave birth to Ellen’s older brother John on route.
I don’t know, yet, what happened to Charles and Ann but all three of their children, John, Ellen, and William were admitted to the orphanage. All the ages of the children at the time of admittance line up with independent sources.
Ellen married James Green in Geelong in 1852, had six children, the second youngest being Alice, my great grandmother. Ellen died in Melbourne on 28 December 1905 (the same year that her brother William died), and was buried in the Boroondara Cemetery in Kew.
Twice, a convict (Robert Whitney) sought permission to marry the 19 year old free woman Ellen Garrity in 1848. Her response? The record shows: “the woman refused to marry Irish.” She had spirit!
The father’s name “John” makes no sense to me, though perhaps Charles did go into whaling. In any case, Ellen Garrity is my great great grandmother.