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Orphan Number: 3146
Orphan: Mary LASKEY
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:5yrs
Date admitted:7 Nov 1857
Date discharged:20 Dec 1859
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother
References: SWD28

This orphan has been claimed by: Jo-Anne Simpson

Mary Laskey was the sister of my great-grandfather. She and her brother Henry were likely admitted to the Queen's Orphan School when their convict father Henry Laskey (per Planter) died at New Norfolk after a ploughing accident in 1857. I am told their mother, an Irish convict called Catherine Bryan, was a cook at Government House so she might not have been able to care for them. After two years there they were discharged into the care of their mother. I have little information on her life after that except that she married a man named Thomas Porthouse in Hobart and had quite a large family. Her father spent time at both Norfolk Island and Port Arthur and was involved in several court cases in the Supreme Court in Hobart. By Jo-Anne Simpson

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