|Age when admitted:||9yrs|
|Date admitted:||28 Sep 1858|
|Date discharged:||19 Feb 1863|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Discharged to:||James Meyers, Launceston|
|Remarks:||won Roman Catholic prize Jan 1863 - parents from Wellington St, Launceston, dead|
John Pardew (b. 1849 in Launceston) was one of approx. six children of whom only two survived to adulthood. See also his younger sister Margaret who died at the Orphan School in 1859. John died on 6 December 1889 at Lonsdale Street in Melbourne ("The Argus" 7 Dec 1889).
Their parents Arthur Pardew (aka Perdue) and Margaret Magrath were married in Launceston on 21 November 1844 after gaining permission for a convict to marry. Arthur Pardew/Perdue/Purdew was a convict transported from Plymouth aboard the "Eden" in 1836. He was a wheelwright and eventually established a successful business in Wellington St Launceston. John's mother died in 1857 and his father the following year, leaving the two younger children to the care of the Orphan School.
An older sister, Elizabeth Mary Pardew, went to a cousin on the Victorian Goldfields where she married George Anderson (of the "Federal Standard" newspaper, Chiltern) in 1865 and had five children.