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Orphan Number: 3048
Orphan: Thomas KENNY
Mother:FANNING, Catherine
Father:KENNY, Thomas
Mother's ship:John Calvin
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:4yrs
Date admitted:12 May 1858
Date discharged:26 Aug 1858
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, now free
Remarks:
References: SWD6, CSD1/126/4685


This orphan has been claimed by: Erin O'Donnell

Thomas Kenny was born in Hobart, Tasmania on 11 December 1854 to Thomas Kenny (born 1816 in Liverpool, England) and Catherine Fanning (born Kildare, Ireland and transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1848). He was admitted, for reasons thus far unknown, to the orphanage on 12 May 1858 and discharged (along with his sister Emma, brother Barnabas and half-brother James) to his mother on 26 August 1858. A short time later Catherine and the children sailed from Hobart to Port Alberton, Victoria to join Thomas Snr. who had been residing there for an undetermined period of time.

Another child, Alice, was born early June 1859, shortly after which Thomas Kenny Snr. died. Thomas Jnr., his mother and siblings remained in Alberton for some years, and at the age of 19, Thomas married Mary Ann Burns (born 1859 in Geelong, Victoria).

His working life was spent as a Bootmaker in Gippsland, Victoria where he and Mary raised a large family. Thomas Kenny died in 1933 age 78 at Bairnsdale, Victoria.



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