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Orphan Number: 646
Orphan: Jane BURGESS
Mother:BURGESS, Esther
Father:,
Mother's ship:Tasmania 2
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:8yrs
Date admitted:9 Dec 1845, 13 Jun 1850
Date discharged:25 Sep 1849, 22 Mar 1853
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, Ticket of Leave, Foy Martin, New Norfolk
Remarks: father dead
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.  Jane and her siblings were transported also as Esther was a widow and there was no one left in Ireland to look after them.

Jane was admitted at the age of 8 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.  Jane was discharged on 25 September 1849 to her mother, Esther.  She was readmitted on 13 June 1850 at the age of 12 years and was discharged on 8 March 1853.  On this date she was apprenticed to F. Martin in New Norfolk.

Nothing more is known about Jane Burgess.



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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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