Friends of the Orphans Schools logo
Orphan Number: 5047
Orphan: Mary Ann SMITH
Mother:SMITH, Hannah
Father:,
Mother's ship:Great Tasmania
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:9yrs
Date admitted:12 Dec 1857
Date discharged:10 May 1860
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, now Mrs Aitcheson
Remarks: father dead
References: SWD28, CSD1/121/4368


This orphan has been claimed by: Vicki Allan

Mary Ann was born in England in 1848 and came with her mother Hannah Smith and seven other siblings on the Great Tasmania ship as bounty immigrants and arrived at Hobart Town Australia on 27 January 1857.  On the 12 December 1857 she was admitted to the Queens Orphanage along with her sister Rosannah and brother Frederick, she was discharged into the care of her mother Hannah Smith (who married George Atchison on 5 January 1859),on the 10 May 1860.  On 25 January 1873 she married John Henry Allan and had, as far as I can find out only one child, my grandfather Joseph Smith Allan.  For reasons unknown, Joseph was given to Joseph and Emma Sophia Smith (I think they are relations of Mary Ann) for a period of about 12 months.  Mary Ann and John Henry moved to Victoria along with Joseph.  Joseph was then either given to or adopted by William (Mary Ann's brother) and Rebecca Smith to raise. 

I found on Ancestry that Mary Ann died in 1903 at the age of 55 and her parents were James Smith and Hannah Churchill.  She was buried at Footscray Cemetery along with John Henry.  I found on the Trove website that John Henry died at his residence Apsley House, 1 Fairlie Street Yarraville on 14 April 1915.

Ancestry has Mary Ann's parents as James Smith and Hannah Churchill (nee Churchill), although later research has Mary Ann's, Rosannah's and Frederick's parents as Hannah Churchill and Joseph Smith.  I am still researching into this.



You can use this contact form to send an email message to Vicki Allan

Your first name*:   Your last name*: 

Your email:*        Telephone number: 

Your message*:



This orphan has been claimed by: Alison Faifai

Mary Ann is is my great grandmother Rosannah Smith's older sister. The parents of Mary Ann, John, Rosannah and Frederick were definitely Joseph and Hannah Smith (nee Churchill)

I have a copy of the 1851 UK census which shows this family residing in Mamble, Dudley, Worcestershire, England



You can use this contact form to send an email message to Alison Faifai

Your first name*:   Your last name*: 

Your email:*        Telephone number: 

Your message*:

Claim this Orphan

Use this facility to register your interest so other researchers can contact you. Add up to a 2000 character short story about your orphan and what became of them after they left the Orphan School. You can add links to other web sites and upload a photo.  Note that you can claim more than one orphan and that any orphan can be claimed more than once.
If you need to contact our researchers then email us and quote the orphan name and index number above.

Site last updated January 2017