Isabella Matilda Revell (her full name as listed on her birth registration) was my Great Great Grandmother. I never met her, but my Mother spoke of her and I have one solitary photo. She was from what I know a remarkably strong and independant woman, who married twice. Her first husband Samual Brown died in 1888, not long after they arrived in Melbourne, leaving her with three young children. She married again, to Henry Watts Knight and had another two children quite late in life for that time. The marriage ended, although she never divorced. I know very little of her personal turmoils as according to my mother she never spoke of them. My mother. who was 11 when Isabella Matilda died, remebered her to be stern and did not have many happy memories of her. Given her early life I am no surprised though she never talked of her past life to her family. It was only quite recently that I learned of Isabella Matilda's incarceration in the Queen's Orphanage, have since visited the site and was overwhelmed by the aura of sadness that permiates the remaining buildings and surrounds.