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Orphan Number: 3028
Orphan: Daniel KENNA
Mother:KENNA, Bridget
Father:KENNA, Patrick
Mother's ship:Midlothian
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:4yrs 10mths
Date admitted:2 Mar 1853
Date discharged:19 Mar 1855
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, Ticket of Leave
Remarks: mother married William Leper per Orater
References: SWD6, 28

This orphan has been claimed by: Lisa Hutton

Daniel Kenna was born in Ireland around 1848, the fifth and youngest child of Patrick and Margaret Kenna (noted in Orphan School records as Bridget Kenna). His father died before Daniel's birth, or even before his conception (Margaret reported her husband's death as occurring 6 years ago at the time Daniel was 4 yrs and 6 months.)

When Daniel was 3 his mother was convicted in County Tipperary of larceny and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She successfully petitioned for permission to take Daniel with her to Van Diemen's Land. Mother and son embarked on the Midlothian at Kingstown [Dun Laoghaire] on 17 November 1852 arriving in Hobart Town on 24 February the following year. Daniel's four siblings remained in Ireland.

Daniel was admitted to the Queen's Orphan Infant School at New Town on 2 March 1853 while his mother was sent to the House of Correction and thence as an assigned servant in the Hobart district. Eight months later he graduated to the "Male School" at the Orphan School and was finally released into his mother's care in March 1855 following her receipt of a Ticket of Leave. Daniel was by then about seven years old.

Margaret had married a second time at Richmond in January 1855 to William Leper, a ticket of leave holder, who was farming Crown land at White Kangaroo Point (Campania-Colebrook district) by 1858. Presumably the young Daniel went to live with his mother and stepfather on this property which was located somewhere between the present day Coal River and White Kangaroo Rivulet.

Daniel's older sister, Mary, emigrated in 1864 on the application of her mother.

Daniel married Rhoda Ransley at St Peter's Church Oatlands in 1869. They had thirteen children, eight of whom survived into adulthood.


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