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Orphan Number: 4859
Orphan: James Campbell SCULL
Mother:CAMPBELL, Mary Jane
Father:SCULL, Henry
Mother's ship:Blackfriar
Father's ship:William Jardine
Age when admitted:9yrs
Date admitted:16 Jun 1864
Date discharged:
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to:
Remarks: father prisoner, mother arrived free, insane
References: SWD26/7, 27, POL392/1


This orphan has been claimed by: Dianne Snowden

James Campbell Scull and Henry Scull

Mary Jane Campbell arrived as one of three free passengers on the Irish convict ship Blackfriar in 1851 According to the ship's list, Mary Jane was accompanied by a female child under the age of 14.[1]

Mary Jane Campbell married Henry Scull in Hobart on 12 December 1853.[2] Mary Jane was then 24 and Henry was 30. They had at least three sons, all born at Kingston: the eldest was born 25 February 1860 [John?]; the second 18 March 1861 [Henry?]; and William, born 21 March 1864.[3]

James Campbell Scull [b. c1855] was admitted to the Orphan School on 16 June 1864, aged 9.[4] His younger brother, Henry, aged 3 years 2 months, was admitted on the same date.[5]

When Mary Jane applied to have two of her sons admitted to the Orphan School on 16 June 1864, she was required to give details of her civil status and her ship of arrival. When she stated that that she had arrived on the Blackfriar, the authorities assumed that she had arrived as a convict; the admission application recorded that she was 'bond' and 'free by servitude'. Described as a cripple, of weak intellect, she was not believed when she stated that she had arrived free.[6] She was admitted to the 'Asylum for the Insane' at New Norfolk on 25 January 1865, aged 37. She died there on 23 July 1891 aged 63.[7]

John Scull, son of Henry and Mary Jane, died on 14 April 1863, at Kingston, aged three.[8]

James Scull, aged 26, possibly married Rosannah Stock, aged 27, on 28 November 1883.[9]

William Scull, aged 21, possibly married Laura Edith Ada Williams, aged 21, in Hobart, on15 August 1885.[10]

 


[1] The other free women on the Blackfriar were Jane Creery and Amelia Irwin: see AOT, MB2/39/1/13 p.275
[2] RGD 37 929/1853: Mary Jane Campbell & Henry Scull
[3] RGD 33 1338/1860 Kingston: male child [John?] ; RGD 33 1309/1861 Kingston: male child; RGD 33 1008/1864: William Scull]
[4] AOT, SWD26/7, 27, POL392/1
[5] AOT, SWD26/7, 27, POL392/1
[6] AOT, SWD 26/6 May 1864 (James Campbell Scull and Henry Scull)
[7] RGD 35 549.1891 New Norfolk: Mary Jane Campbell or Scull
[8] RGD 35 253/1863 Kingston: John Scull
[9] RGD 37 553/1883: Rosannah Stock & James Scull
[10] RGD 35 426/1885: Laura Edith Ada Williams & William Scull
  



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