This orphan has been claimed by: Berry DUNSTON
Alexander SWEETINGHAM, together with his mother Elizabeth SWEETINGHAM and his grandmother Lydia HART, were transported together to Van Deiman’s Land on the Eliza. Alexander was 4 years of age on arrival in Hobart Town, 24 Feb 1830.
Soon after arrival her was placed in the Orphan Schoolin the St John’s Park Precinct.
Record SWD28 – Male School - P2.
Name: Alexander Sweetingham
Admitted: March 2, 1830
Mother: Ann Sweetingham (NB: this is the only record showing her name as Ann. Should be Elizabeth/Eliza)
Ship: No entry
Removal: June 24/1836
Remarks: Discharged to his mother.
In fact he lived with his grandmother Lydia who had a Ticket of Leave announced July 21, 1832, had been employed as a housekeeper at Government House in Hobart and married Robert Williamson at St Davids Church Hobart Town 23 May 1836 and were made of Alexander's guardians. Lydia's and Eliza's Certificates of Freedom were available to them from 17 July, 1836.
Alexander SWEETINGHAM WILLIAMSON lived in Kingston and Browns River area. He married Elizabeth Stanfield at St Andrews manse Hobart Town 10 July 1847. She was the 6th child and 4th daughter of Daniel Jnr and Maria Kimberley, born at Clarence plains 7 March 1820.
Their only known child was William Lackey Sweetingham, born Melbourne, Victoria 2 Feb 1848, baptised 18 Sep 1848 at St James Church Melbourne. On the certificate his father is listed as a Timber Merchant.
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