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Orphan Number: 1564
Orphan: Elizabeth DOWDELL
Father:DOWDELL, William
Mother's ship:Sir Robert Seppings
Father's ship:London
Age when admitted:7yrs
Date admitted:16 Nov 1864, 30 Jul 1873
Date discharged:1 Sep 1871, 26 Sep 1873
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: W Evans Lewis, New Town, returned to QO, then to Margaret Davies, Harrington St
Remarks: father listed as Dowdall on convict record - parents dead -, absconded from Invalid Depot, New Town 11 Nov 1874 & arrested 4 Dec 1874,
References: SWD26/7, 27, 32/1, 52/1, 53,55/8, HAP1871/63, Mercury 27 Nov 1874, 15 Jan 1875

This orphan has been claimed by: Mathew Dowdell McPherson

Elizabeth Dowdell born 20 November 1856 at Hobart daughter of William Dowdall and Mary Petty. She had two sisters (Catherine and Annie Agnes) and a brother Francis Joseph (later Francis William) Dowdell. She was orphaned upon the death of her mother in 1866 and admitted to the Queen's Orphan Asylum. She married James Clark(e) in Hobart 9 May 1878 and George Washington Currier in Hobart 21 August 1883. She had the following children Mary Louisa Dowdell, Ann Agnes Catherine Dowdell (later Currier), James Thomas Clark, and bore or reared two children Pearl Silver May Roberts and Charles Tasman Wagman Currier. She died 18 April 1927 at 227 Moray Street South Melbourne and is buried at Fawkner Cemetery Victoria.

The Hon. Mrs. Du Cane presented the prizes to the girls for secular knowledge and good conduct. The following were the recipients : - M. Hackott, J. Oliver,  J. Alcock, G. Moore, K. Fakes, J. Donovan, M. Phillips, E. Drake, Louisa Dale, 0. Williams, A, Cooney, A. Thompson, A. Hilsley, M. Brown, S. J. Monks, E. Edge, Auno Curtis, M. A. Cole, M. J. Allen, F. Fardell, S. Smith, M. A. Hilliard, S. Hofford, SI. A. Byland, Mary Smith, C. Comer, E. Simpson, E. Dowdell.
The Mercury
Saturday 23 January 1869

Elizabeth Dowdell, l8 years of age, formerly a Queen's Asylum apprentice, was charged by Mr. Scott, the superintendent with having absconded from the Invalid Depôt. The defendnnt pleaded not guilty and said she had obtained leave to go from Mrs. Hodgins, the matron. The girl was remanded till next day for the attendance of the matron.
The Mercury Friday 27 November 1874

The Hospital. - The following cases were received yesterday:- Elizabeth Dowdell, residing in Harrington-Street, stated that she was struck on the head with a piece of wood by two women, three small wounds being inflicted. The wounds were dressed, and she went home.
The Mercury
Friday 15 January 1875

PETTY OFFENCES.- Elizabeth Clark, alias Dowdell, and Margaret Rice, for disturbing the peace on the previous day in Liverpool-Street and on the Old Wharf respectively, were each fined 10s. 6d. In each case the usual alternative term of imprisonment was ordered. Charles Lawton was also brought up on a charge of disturbing the peace, but on his application the hearing of the charge was adjourned till next day, with a view to enabling him to secure the services of a solicitor, and also to produce witnesses in his defence. Meanwhile the defendant was allowed out on bail.
The Mercury
12 September 1879

Elizabeth Clarke was ordered to forfeit the sum of 10s. 6d., for making use of obscene language publicly about the same hour.
The Mercury
3 March 1881

Mr. Tarleton, P.M., and Mr. J. Robertson, J.P., presided on the Bench at the City Police Court yesterday morning. Elizabeth Clark, alias Dowdell, was charged with having on the 12th inst., in Argyle-street, disturbed the peace. She was fined 10s., or, in default, ordered to be imprisoned for 12 days.
The Mercury
14 September 1881

CURRIER-CLARK - On August 21, at the Manse, Chalmers' Church, by the Rev. Maclaren Webster, George Currier, to Elizabeth Clark, both of this city.
The Mercury
22 August 1883

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