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Orphan Number: 2222
Orphan: Margaret GRIFFIN
Mother:GRIFFIN, Mary
Father:,
Mother's ship:Hope
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:3yrs
Date admitted:23 Aug 1842
Date discharged:22 Nov 1847
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, Ticket of Leave
Remarks:
References: SWD7, 28


This orphan has been claimed by: Hana Crengle

Surname spelled Griffen - William, Mary and Margaret arrived with their mother Margaret Griffen on the Hope, transported with father (Daniel, named as David in the records, transported on the Richard Webb). Daniel and Margaret Snr lived in Rathkeale Co Limerick and were traders. Margaret (the other) married another convict Barnett when Daniel died, and was sentanced to four months hard labour for being caught with him in her bed, and in 1848, was sentanced again to four years penal servitude for recieving 50 yards of cloth.

Margaret Jnr married Thomas Tressler in Hobarttown in 1863, emigrating with him to NZ when he was enlisted into the 3rd Waikato Regiment. Margaret lived a long life in NZ, eventually going blind as a result of smallpox. Margaret and Thomas were my grandmother's grandparents, and raised her for a time after her mother died, aged 5. Margaret and Thomas were members of the Rechabite Friendly Society (Margaret Snr was listed as holding the Temperance Medal in her convict Conduct Record).



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This orphan has been claimed by: Delwyn Blondell

Margaret GRIFFIN was born about 1839 and christened 11 Oct 1839 in Rathkeale Parish, Co. Limerick.  She was aged 3 years when admitted to the Queen's Orphan School on 23 Aug 1842.  She was discharged to her mother on 22 Nov 1847.

Margaret married Thomas TRESSLER in 1863, and had a son in August 1863. Thomas left for the New Zealand Wars in December 1863 while Margaret and son William left  Tasmania in late 1864. They had 12 children in all, with only five surviving to adulthood. Margaret and Thomas ended up in Riverton, at the south of the South Island.




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