|Age when admitted:||5yrs|
|Date admitted:||24 Jun 1834|
|Date discharged:||8 Oct 1841|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Remarks:||father, prisoner, lives at Bothwell with Capt Wood|
Eliza Reid, my 4th Great Aunt was one of 5 daughters of William Reed, a convict who arrived on the Asia in 1824 and Margaret (nee Aldridge). She was sent to the orphanage together with her sisters, Matilda and Maryann in July 1834, following the death of their mother in May 1834 and the untimely incarceration of their father after he stole a horse from his employer, Capt. Wood of Dennistoun, Bothwell.
His crime led him to serve 7 years at Port Arthur (after his initial sentence of death was commuted). The two elder daughters, Sarah and Jane (the latter, my 4th Great Grandmother, AKA Reid) who had arrived with their mother from Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire as assisted immigrants two years after William was transported, were able to stay at Dennistoun as servants as they were 14 and 13 respectively.
The three younger girls were released back to their father upon his release in Oct 1841 and returned to Bothwell to live. Eliza's three older sisters, Sarah, Jane and Matilda married, had families and lived long lives but there is no documentation that can be found (so far) as to what happened to Eliza and Maryann after their release. I like to think they also married and had families and good lives. The research continues as to what may have become of them.