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Orphan Number: 314
Orphan: Mary BENNETT
Mother:THOMAS/HIGGINS, Emma
Father:BENNETT, Leonard
Mother's ship:S C Napier
Father's ship:William Metcalf
Age when admitted:10yrs
Date admitted:27 Sep 1869
Date discharged:5 Jun 1879, 25 Jul 1877, 18 May 1895
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School, Girls Industrial School, New Town Charitable Institute
Discharged to: Girls Industrial School, Florence Taylor, New Town Charitable Institute
Remarks: won prize Girls Industrial School 1883
References: SWD26/10, 26/11, 52/1, 52/2, 37, HSD274/2, Mercury 20 Jul 1883


This orphan has been claimed by: Helen Webster

Mary Bennett was the illegitimate daughter of Leonard Bennett ("William Metcalf" arrived VDL 1837 with parents Samuel & Esther & siblings) and Emma Higgins nee Thomas, (arrived "Sir Charles Napier" 1842 with parents John & Grace Thomas and siblings). 

Mary's father Leonard Bennett (and two sons  Joseph & Henry) drowned in 1867.  Mary was admitted to the orphanage by her paternal aunt Jane Thompson (nee Bennett) in July 1868.  Mary's two sisters, Esther aged 14 yrs and Jane aged 10 yrs were taken in by Jane Thompson and her daughter Esther Rapp. 



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