|Mother's ship:||Anna Maria|
|Age when admitted:||4yrs|
|Date admitted:||1 Jul 1852, 22 Oct 1856|
|Date discharged:||18 Mar 1854, 15 Jul 1862|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Discharged to:||mother, married to Richard Wilson, readmitted to QO, then to Robert Beauchamp, Launceston|
|References:||SWD6, 28, 32/1|
I"m quite sure that Agnes Hay was my g-great-grandmother. My g-grandmother's birth gives her mother's name as Agnes Hayes but age and place fit and there is no record for an Agnes Hayes who was 4 years old when arriving in the Commonwealth.
Agnes's mother was Margaret Erskine a nursery maid from Edinburgh who was convicted of stealing boots and shoes. She was 26 and a widow with 2 children, Agnes aged 4 and baby Mary aged 10 months. Her husband was Matthew Hay, her mother Mary, her brothers were George, James and William and she had a sister, Agnes.
Margaret arrived in Hobart aboard the Anna Maria in Jan 1852 with Agnes and Mary but there is no further record for Mary. (There is a death recorded of a Margaret Hay aged 12 mths at the Female Factory?)Â
Agnes was admitted theÂ The Queen's Orphanage on1st July1852 then discharged on 18th March 1854. She was readmitted as an 8 yr old on 22nd Oct 1856, thenÂ Â was apprenticed to a Robert Beauchamp in Launceston in 1862 aged 14. Her apprenticeship expired in 1866.
Â On the 2nd Feb 1868, Agnes Hayes gave birth to a baby girl, Martha,Â in Launceston. The father is simply recorded as "Smith", a farmer. On June 14th 1871, Agnes Hayes married Frederick Curner in the house of Charles Cole in Longford. She was 20 years old. The couple had several children together but none survived to adulthood. Her daughter Martha Curner aged 17, married William Lawler, (son of JosephÂ Lawler and Harriett Barker) aged 23 in Latrobe on 11th August 1885. Agnes died in Devonport on 12th Nov 1937 aged 89, outliving her daughter by 2 years.