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Orphan Number: 644
Orphan: Elizabeth BURGESS
Mother:BURGESS, Esther
Father:,
Mother's ship:Tasmania 2
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:14yrs
Date admitted:9 Dec 1845
Date discharged:14 Feb 1846
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: Charles Pulfrey, Hobart
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.  Elizabeth and her siblings were transported also as Esther was a widow and there was no one left in Ireland to look after them.

Elizabeth was admitted at the age of 14 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.  Elizabeth was discharged on 14 February 1846 to Charles Palfrey.

Elizabeth married Joshua Page in Sandhurst Victoria on 19 February 1855.  They had 10 children.  Elizabeth died 20 August 1896 at Kangaroo Flat Victoria.



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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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