|Age when admitted:||6yrs|
|Date admitted:||24 Jun 1834|
|Date discharged:||8 Oct 1841|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Remarks:||father, prisoner, lives at Bothwell with Capt Wood|
Matilda 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). About 2 years after William was transported, Margaret and their two daughters, Sarah and Jane (my 4th Great Grandmother, AKA Reid) arrived from Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire as assisted immigrants.
Matilda was born in March 1828 and two more daughters, Eliza and Maryann were born (dates unknown). It appears a son, John was born in 1830 but died 3 weeks later. In March 1834, William stole a horse from Capt. Wood and was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted to 7 years at Port Arthur. In the meantime, his wife died in May 1834 effectively leaving the girls without parents. Sarah,14 and Jane,13 were able to stay at Dennistoun as servants but the three younger girls were sent to the orphanage until their father's release in October 1841. (An entry in the register for S. Reid may have been for Sarah or may have been an error).
Matilda married James Lemon, a former convict 8 May 1846 in Bothwell (witnessed by her older sister Sarah and her husband William Taylor, former convict). Matilda and James remained in Bothwell to raise 5 (known) daughters and Matilda died 9 June 1892 while living at one of her daughters' residence at Taranna, Tasmania. James Lemon, also residing there died 8 October 1890 at the Tasman Hotel from a self inflicted gunshot perhaps due to the illness he was sufferieng - the newspaper "sanitized" the death by stating he died at the residence.