|Age when admitted:||2 or 4yrs|
|Date admitted:||22 May 1828, 14 Apr 1830|
|Date discharged:||25 Aug 1837|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Discharged to:||readmitted QO then to mother|
|Remarks:||mother's name Eleanor Owens on convict record|
|References:||SWD24p29, 28, CSO5/86/1885|
William was born in the Clyde district (Hamilton) in 1826. His mother Eleanor Owen was a convict,Â convicted at Denbigh Great Session, Wales on 31 March 1823. She sailed on theÂ "Henry" arriving 8 feb 1825.Â She married Edward Littlehales, convict, on 4 May 1826 at Hobart Town.Â Edward, from Shropshire,Â was convicted of Grand larceny and was transported on "Phoenix" in 1823.
It appears that William must have been born whilst his father was on Maria Island having been sent there in 1826 for sheep stealing.Â It was probably during this time that Eleanor was sent to The female factory for an "improper connexion between her and a prisoner named William Elliot."Â While there she gave birth to a son, George.Â George died at the factory age 1 year.
Eleanor and Edward had the following children:-
Frederick bornÂ 19 Jul 1829
Ann born 3 March 1831, died 25 Aug 1916 Hobart
Edward born 1833, died 1837
Catherine born 1836, died 28 Feb 1839 (due to burns)
John born 28 feb 1838, died 26 March 1898 Ballarat
Robert Hugh born 19 Feb 1843, died 27 sep 1910 Brighton
Eleanor also had a son Edwin who must have been born before her conviction and must have come on the ship with her. Edwin was born in 1823 in Wales.Â He died 1874 in Hamilton.
Both parents have offenses on their convict records through until approx 1840.Â They then must have "settled" down in the Hamilton area.Â Eleanor died 9 April 1873 (registered Hamilton) and Edward died 26 Aug 1876 on his daughter Ann's propertyÂ " Longwood", Hollow tree (near Hamilton), ageÂ 91.Â
I do not know what became of William.