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Orphan Number: 5516
Orphan: Mary Ann WARE
Mother:WALCH, Margaret
Father:WARE, William
Mother's ship:Martin Luther
Father's ship:Aboukir
Age when admitted:8yrs
Date admitted:26 Aug 1864
Date discharged:
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to:
Remarks: parents in prison - Mary Ann married Alexander Foster also in Queens Orphan School
References: SWD26/7, 27, CSD25/11/443


This orphan has been claimed by: Shirley Kerin

She was my grandmother's sister.

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This orphan has been claimed by: Sandra Mackiewicz

Mary Ann is my great grandmother's sister. She was placed in the orphanage with 3 of her siblings. She was 8 years old, and her siblings ranged from 9 years old to 4 years old. Her father was convicted of a felony (stole peas?). Her mother, despite no previous convictions, was sentenced to 12 months hard labour for shoplifting 2 shawls, and also mention of a gentleman's coat. The farmer who employed Elizabeth's father made the application for the children to be admitted to the Orphanage.

Eventually, Elizabeth's mother's sentence expired, but the children were unable to be returned to her care, as she had given birth to another baby while she was in the Cascades Factory, and could not take them back. They could not be returned to their father either: after his sentence finished 6 months later, his whereabouts became unknown. At 20 years old, she marries Alexander Foster, the 1876 marriage taking place in her parents residence at Providence Valley. She and Alexander had at least one child, and may have resided with her parents. Mary Ann was a house servant, and died of consumption in 1891.



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