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Orphan Number: 3160
Orphan: Jacob LAWSON
Mother:STANDREN, Sarah
Father:LAWSON, John
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:7yrs 6mths
Date admitted:22 Sep 1862
Date discharged:30 Oct 1867, 10 Oct 1870
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: George Chaffey, Little Swanport, absconded
Remarks: won prize 1866 - mother dead, father left colony
References: SWD27, 28, 32/1, POL709

This orphan has been claimed by: Andrew Cocker

Friends of the Orphan Schools

Jacob is my Great Great Uncle.   

His mother was Sarah Lawson, alias Sarah Standering, alias Sarah Jacobs.  His mother also spent time in the Orphan School upon the arrival of her convict mother, Euphemia, in 1828. Sarah died a lingering death in the Hobart General Hospital after her clothes caught fire while she was cooking soup. Jacob's father was probably ex-convict Jacob Standring per Asiatic in 1843, with whom his mother lived but did not marry.   His father abandonded them and went to Sydney about two and a half years before Sarah's death.

Jacob's brother Daniel and sister Richmoth were also admitted.

Reports of Crime for Police Information

 Friday 14 October 1870
QUEEN'S ASYLUM.  ABSCONDED:- On the 10th instant, from the service of Mr. Chaffey, Spring Bay. Jacob Lawson, an apprentice from the above Institution. Description.-15 and a half years old, 5 feet high, sallow complexion, cross-eyed, low forehead ; wore dark jumper, moleskin trousers, and blue cap; idiotic appearance.

Friday 21 July 1876
On the 19th instant, by W. Tarleton, Esq., J.P., for the arrest of Jacob Lawson, William Simms, John Stanyard , and William Thompson alias Brent, charged with having, on the 17th instant , at the port of Hobart Town, absented themselves from the foreign whaling vessel Tamerlane without leave. No description given.

Friday 28 July 1876
Vide Crime Report of the 21st instant, page 114.
Jacob Lawson has been arrested by the Spring Bay Municipal Police.

Launceston Examiner Tuesday 7 Sep 1897

1896.-Award, certificate of merit. Jacob Lawson, of Spring Bay, Tasmania, a labourer, aged 44 years, who rescued Samuel Thomas Drake, of Seaforth, Lisdillon, Tasmania, aged 40 years, from drowning at Little Swan port,. Tasmania, on 26th December, 1895. The boat which Lawson and Drake were sailing overturned about half a mile from the beach. They were thrown out, and Lawson, having heavy seaboots and greatcoat on, had to swim after Drake, and with great difficulty got him back to the boat; from which they were both rescued.-  

Jacob worked and lived for many years at Kelvedon, the Swansea farming property, developed and operated by the Quaker Cotton family.  He died in Hobart on 5 Nov 1934, aged 81 and was buried at Cornelian Bay on 7 Nov in plot GG/108.

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