|Age when admitted:||7yrs|
|Date admitted:||Sep 1832|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Remarks:||father soldier, private, Staffs Corps 50 Regiment - is the same boy as above?|
John Milbank Garity (many spellings of this surname) was born on the 7th June 1826 onboard The Chapman. The Chapman was a convict ship which left Woolwich, London, on 4 April 1826, with 100 convicts, and a crew of sailors and members of the Royal Staff Corps. The ship arrived in Hobart on 11 October 1826, and left for Port Jackson on 22 October reaching NSW on 4 November 1826.
The doctor's log of the voyage refers to Private Charles Garity RSC [Royal Staff Corp] who was being treated by the doctor for a sore throat. In addition, on June 7, the doctor notes that Ann Garity, "wife of Private Charles Garity", had given birth to 'John Milbank Garity'. Note that John Milbank was the Master of the Chapman.
Charles Garity stayed in Tasmania with other RSC soldiers and may have worked on roads & bridges in the newly established town of Oatlands. I suspect he died in the early 1830s.
As for John, I have found two possible "sightings".
An advertisement in the Austral-Asiatic Review, Tasmanian and Australian Advertiser of Tuesday 16 February 1841, indicates that a John Garraty aged 15 absconded from an employer who he had been working for, for 3 years. I think it reasonable to think we are seeing the John Garrity born on the Chapman here given the perfect matching of his age.
In addition, a John Garraty appears in court charged with assault in around 8 November, 1862. The article indicates that the trial will take place a few days into the future, but I cannot find evidence of this trial.
I beleive that the John Garity listed in your files matches my data rather well, and is my great great great uncle. I am happy to claim him.