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Orphan Number: 2562
Orphan: Mary Ann HILLIARD
Mother:THOMPSON, Margaret
Father:HILLIARD, Patrick
Mother's ship:Emma Eugenia
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:3yrs
Date admitted:17 Jul 1862
Date discharged:11 Mar 1873, 28 Aug 1874
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: Miss S M Hogan, 177 Macquarie St, Horan
Remarks: parents dead - won infant prize 1864 and reading prize 1869
References: SWD26/5, 27, 32/1, 52/1, 53, 54

This orphan has been claimed by: Mary Ann Hilliard

My great-grandmother was Annie Hillard. She married my great-grandfather, George William Adams, at Roxburgh, Otago, New Zealand on 12 May 1890. Her age is recorded on the marriage register as 27, which if correct would mean she was born about 1863. Her name is recorded as "Annie" and we have no record of her as "Mary-Ann". The marriage certificate records Bride's parents as "Unknown to Bride who is an orphan". Her birth place is given as: "Hobart, Tasmania".

Your records for Mary-Ann Hilliard state her age on admission in 1862 to be 3 yrs which would mean she was born abt 1859. It seems possible they may be the same person but we would need to know what became of your Mary-Ann after she left the orphan school. Can anyone help with information on this? It looks like she was discharged twice - 11 Mar 1873 and again on 28 Aug 1874 - once to Miss S M Hogan but did she stay with her or then go to someone else?

We know that our Annie was a Catholic. She had a child in Lawrence, Otago to an unknown partner in 1885. Her age on the birth certificate was given as 23. That child went into care by Court Order at age 4mths. She seems to have worked as a domestic servant prior to marrying my great-grandfather in 1890.

Many thanks in anticipation

Graeme Martyn


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