|Sir Robert Seppings
|Age when admitted:
|13 Jul 1852
|3 Sep 1858
|Queens Orphan School
|mother, now free
|married Robert Lockley 27 Apr 1861
ANN ORTON, alias INGLEBY, aged 35, committed 20th May, charged with having, at Allesley, stolen a shirt, value 5s, the property of George Watts.
It appeared that the prisoner met a child on the Allesley road, who had some clothes in a basket to take home, and took advantage of an opportunity of stealing the property.
On being convicted, the prisoner, a big, hardy-looking Irishwoman, begged for mercy, for the sake of her six "darling children". It was shown, however, immediately that she had been apprehended in Birmingham for abandoning her children at Wolverhampton, and while in custody for this offence, she was charged with felony, and upon that charge convicted and sentenced to nine months imprisonment - The present, therefore, being a second conviction, she was now sentenced to seven years transportation.
The true story of Anne's abandonment of her children can only be learned if we find the relevant records. To date, no information has been located. Although arrested of the earlier crime in Birmingham, there is no record of the first conviction in Warwickshire. It is possible that she used a name other than Orton, Ingleby or Hingley.
After her trial at Coventry, Anne was kept in gaol somewhere, waiting to be transported.
In September 1858, Catherine and James were released from the orphanage to their mother
Catherine's mother left with her siblings to Victoria but Catherine stayed in Tasmania to marry Robert Lockley, a free convict 20 years older than her. She was just 16 when she married. Together Catherine and Robert had 9 children. They lived together in Oyster Cove. Catherine died at the Newtown Charitable Institution and was buryed in Cornelian Bay Cemetary section V. No headstone is legible.