|Age when admitted:|
|Date admitted:||1 Jun 1864|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Remarks:||not admitted to Queens Orphan School, but allowance of 7/6 week|
I am researching my great grandmother. Her birth name was Mary Ann Hudson and she was born in New Norfolk on 5th July 1855. Although her parents are recorded in the birth register as Thomas Hudson, shoemaker and Mary Wayland, I have suspicions that they could have been Thomas Hodson, shoemaker and Mary Phelan (both convicts) who applied for approval to marry on the day of my great grandmothers birth and who married 25 days later. I am presuming this as I can't find any other record of a Thomas and Mary Hudson living in New Norfolk. I can't find any record of a Mary Wayland in Tasmania. Neither Thomas nor Mary could read or write and they would have had accents so perhaps there was an error when registering the birth of their daughter?
I don't know if my great grandmother Mary Ann Hudson was orphan 2677 and was the subject of an application to the Queens Orphanage but what my grandmother (her daughter in law) told me before she died was; that they were destitute because Mary's father gambled away any money they had, and that Mary was raised by a family in Launceston who ran Smith and Hutchinsons Butchers. Why she ended up in Launceston I don't know. I believe from research I have done that the couple who raised her could have been William and Ellen Hutchinson. I am presuming this as they were owners of the butchers shop and would have been the right age. They also had a son William Thomas Hutchinson (who was the same age as young Mary) who married a Sarah Ann Smith. This is significant because the witnesses on my great grandmother's marriage certificate where a William Hutchinson and a Sarah Ann Hutchinson.
If anyone finds out any further information I would be very grateful.