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Orphan Number: 5420
Mother:UNDERWOOD, Louisa
Mother's ship:Emma Eugenia
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:8yrs
Date admitted:15 Apr 1844
Date discharged:9 May 1847
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, Ticket of Leave and married to Joseph W Lane per 'Asia'
References: SWD7, 28

This orphan has been claimed by: Robyn Murray

Ann Underwood was my Convict Great Great Grandmother Louisa Underwood's daughter.  Young Ann( aged 8) and her brother George ( aged 5) arrived on the Emma Eugenia on the 2nd April 1844 with their mother. Anns mother , Louisa, had been convicted of passing counterfeit coin in Bristol. Her sentence was for 7 years. On her convict records Louisa states that "Charles White is the father of my children".

On arrival in VDL, young Ann and her brother George were placed in The Queens Orphan School on the 15th April 1844. It was not until 9th May 1847 that Ann was released to the care of her mother . By this time Louisa had married my Convict Great Great Grandfather Joseph Whiting Lane  on the 18th September 1846 in St Johns Chuch , Newtown. ( I have wondered whether Ann and her brother George attended the ceremony due to the proximity of the Church to the Orphan School?)

I have very little information on young Ann. I  think (???)she was a servant to the Jackson King family and can track her going to England with them . Firstly to Melbourne on the Black Swan in March 1854 and returning to Aust. on the William Hammond. The trail finishes there and I have no further information. Hoping someone may shed some light and I can fit more pieces to the puzzle. I have lots of information on Louisa, her Mother ,and Joseph her stepfather and on her brother George, but Ann remains a mystery. Maybe she married in Tasmania and she has descendants to this day. Time will tell. Hoping someone may shed some light !

Robyn Murray

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