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Orphan Number: 1285
Orphan: James CUNNINGHAM
Mother:CUNNINGHAM, Margaret
Mother's ship:Duke of Cornwall
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:6yrs
Date admitted:20 Jan 1859
Date discharged:29 Oct 1859
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, now free
Remarks: father unknown
References: SWD26/4, 27, 28

This orphan has been claimed by: Deb Robinson

19/1/1859 James Cunningham aged 6 was admitted to the Queen's Orphan School. The application was made by Father Woods. James DOB of birth is incorrect as documents show he was born in Hobart (Brickfields, father unknown November 19 1851) should be 9, not 6.

James mother Margaret Cunningham (30) and her two sisters Mary (35) and Jane (18) all from the County Cavan Ireland left Dublin aboard the Duke of Cornwall departing 8 July 1850 arriving in VDL 27/10/1850. Mary and Jane were tried on the same day for stealing fowl, whilst Margaret a few days later for stealing a shift (dress).

Margaret married James Butler. James was sentenced to Port Arthur for causing serious harm to Isaac Lott.

Mary married Frederick Marshall 

Jane married Samuel Eccles - address Jan 1859 was 4 Burnett St Hobart.

What a sad life James must have had, ending up in the orphanage. He was discharged in Oct 1859 and found himself back there May 1861.

I wonder what became of James Cunningham?


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