|Age when admitted:||13yrs|
|Date admitted:||17 Apr 1849|
|Date discharged:||30 Nov 1849|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Discharged to:||R W Nutt, New Town|
The 13 year old Elizabeth and her 9 year old brother Miles Wiseman were sent to Australia with their Mother Harriet Wiseman on board the convict ship "Cadet 3". Harriet Wiseman, a widow, was sentenced in the Court at York, England, to 10 years in Hobart for robbery with violence. Harriet Wiseman married William Spink (a convict) in Hobart on the 10.1.1853, she died on the 14.5.1854.
Harriet's daughter, Elizabeth Wiseman married Henry Siddons (an ex convict) on the 19.10.1854 and they had a son Joseph born on the 27.4.1856. Elizabeth is listed as 21 on her marriage registration where she was probably only 18 or 19, but as her Mother had not long died maybe it was easier to say she was 21?
The only trace we can find of the child Joseph Siddons is when he dies in Victoria in January 1863, age 6. His Mother is listed as Eliza Jane Coverdale Wiseman, now married to Henry Smith and the child is known as Joseph Smith. Death Registration of Joseph "Smith" shows he had lived in Tasmania for 4 years, so presumably Elizabeth Siddons has now become Eliza Jane Smith? Would love to find some more information on Eliza Jane Coverdale Wiseman. Death Registration of Eliza Jane Smith, 30 years later, also show she had lived in Tasmania.