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Orphan Number: 2238
Orphan: Joshua GRIMSHAW
Mother:CROWLEY, Ann
Father:GRIMSHAW, William
Mother's ship:Cadet
Father's ship:China
Age when admitted:3yrs 4mths
Date admitted:3 Nov 1860
Date discharged:27 Nov 1869, 18 May 1871, 4 Aug 1871, 9 Jul 1872
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: Rev A N Mason, Evandale, Edward Brown, Longford, W C Crawford, Shellbrook, absconded
Remarks: won General Knowledge prize 1864, parents in gaol
References: SWD26/6, 27, 32/1, 53, CSD25/14/1128, HAP1871/63, POL709, Mercury 29 Mar 1873


This orphan has been claimed by: Christine Macdonald

My Great Great Uncle Joshua Grimshaw was born around 1857 in Hobart to convict parents William Grimshaw who was transported in 1846 on the China. His crime was theft of two silver watches. Joshua's mother was Ann Crawley and she was transported  on the Cadet in 1848 for theft also. Joshua had two older siblings, William born in 1851, who was my 2x great grandfather and Samuel who was born in 1853. Joshua also had a number of other siblings born later but they seem to have perished in early infancy. Not a lot is known about Joshua after he left the Queens School in about 1872. He did however serve four years in Launceston goal when he was 16 1/2 years for committing an indecent act (beastiality). After his release I have not been able to find any further information about Joshua. A very tough life for this young man. His father died in 1860 when Joshua was only 7 years of age and his mother was always in trouble with the law, disturbing the peace and drunk and disorderly her main crimes.



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