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Orphan Number: 2021
Orphan: William GARRETY
Father:GARRITY, John
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:2yrs
Date admitted:3 May 1832
Date discharged:7 May 1840
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother
Remarks: father a whaler - deserted for 4 years by parents
References: SWD24p382, 28, CSO5/86/1885, CSO5/93/2074

This orphan has been claimed by: Dean Shirley

I have good reason to state that William Garraty (multiple spellings of name) was the youngest of three children, John, Ellen & William, all three of which were at the Orphanage. The father was Charles Garraty of the Royal Staff Corp, with wife Ann (nee Synot) married in England prior to embarking on HMAS The Chapman and arriving in Hobart on 11 October 1826. William lived a full life dying in Melbourne on 16 April 1905, having married a Susannah Croker in 1854 in Heidelberg in Melbourne. His death certificate states he was born in Hobart in 1831. Obviously this is an approximate date, and the web site's indication that William was two in 1832 is consistent with the death record. The reason I am confident that William is a great great uncle of mine relates to probate documents, and are too complex to enunciate here.

The records in this web site indicate that the father was a whaler and his name was John. I cannot account for the name 'John'. I don't know what happened to Charles or Ann (yet), though I note that in 1832 a Charles Garity was a crew member of a whaling ship, the Dragon which departed Hobart on 4 January 1832 to New Zealand, never to return. The crew was massacred. The trouble with this line of investigation is that the records state that Charles was a cabin boy. 

I am quite confident that William is the brother of my great great grandmother Ellen.

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