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Orphan Number: 643
Orphan: Alicia BURGESS
Mother:BURGESS, Esther
Father:,
Mother's ship:Tasmania 2
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:10yrs
Date admitted:9 Dec 1845
Date discharged:8 Jan 1849
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: sister, Elizabeth Burgess
Remarks:
References: SWD7, 28


This orphan has been claimed by: Yvonne Jones

Her mother, Esther Burgess, and her eldest sister, Mary, were convicted of stealing potatoes and transported for 7 years to Hobart Tasmania.  Alicia and her siblings were transported also as Esther being a widow, there was no one left in Ireland to look after them.

Alicia was admitted to the Orphan School at the age of 10 years on 9 December 1845.  This was 6 days after arriving with her family in Tasmania.  Her mother, Esther, was a convict so any dependent children were placed in government care.  Alicia was discharged on 8 January 1849 to her sister, Elizabeth.

She married Thomas Rice in Hobart on 28 December 1854.  They had 9 children.  They both died in Maryborough Queenlsand.



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This orphan has been claimed by: Dianne Snowden

Two detailed articles, published online by the Irish journal, Carlow Past and Present, are Oonagh Warke's 'The Law Must Take its Course' and Dianne Snowden's 'These Unfortunate Females'.  Both focus on convicts Esther Burgess and her daughter Mary; Margaret Butler; Mary Griffin; and Mary Byrne. All but Mary Burgess brought children with them;  the children were admitted to the Orphan Schools shortly after arrival.



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