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Orphan Number: 3380
Orphan: Jane MALCOLM
Mother:SAINSBURY, Mary A
Father:MALCOLM, Alexander
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:
Date admitted:Feb 1864
Date discharged:
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to:
Remarks: admission for Queens Orphan School refused
References: SWD26/7, 27


This orphan has been claimed by: Fiona Basile

Jane's childhood must have been interesting. Her mother, Mary Ann Sainsbury, was described as 'a notorious character' in the Launceston Examiner (4 Feb 1867). Mary Ann was regularly before the courts on charges of assault, disturbing the peace, larceny and being drunk and disorderly. When she died in 1911, none of Mary Ann's children are mentioned in the death notice.

Jane married Nathaniel Knight in 1882 in Launceston, and moved to Victoria, possibly to create some distance between herself and her mother. They went on to have seven sons. Jane died in 1934, aged 72.


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