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Orphan Number: 2544
Orphan: Richard HIGHLAND
Mother:MORGAN, Elizabeth
Father:HIGHLAND, Thomas
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:6yrs
Date admitted:13 Mar 1856
Date discharged:
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to:
Remarks: mother in Melbourne -looked after by aunt Catherine Moody - see Moody children
References: CSD1/90, CSD1/112/2348


This orphan has been claimed by: Maureen Jones

Mary Morgan arrived on the New Grove in 1835. She was convicted of the theft of cloth and bread in the Old Bailey in 1834. She arrived with nine children in total, her last having been born aboard the New Grove a couple of months before her arrival in Hobart Town.  Six of the nine children were placed in the Orphan Schools. Their father, John, remained in London.  

Catherine married James Moodie and four of her children were also admitted to the Orphan School.

Elizabeth married Thomas Highland and two of their children were admitted to the Orphan School

I am descended from Catherine and in 2009 I wrote the book Naming the Women which follows four generations of women in Mary Morgan's line. She was convicted of stealing in 1834 and was transported to Van Diemen’s Land for seven years along with her children. Her great granddaughter returned to London with her husband to be presented to King George V almost one hundred years later. This story tells of the peculiar difficulties and triumphs of each generation and reflects the social history of its time and the difficulties women in particular faced.

Details may be found on my website



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