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Orphan Number: 3877
Orphan: Margaret MONAGHAN
Mother:MONAGHAN, Mary
Mother's ship:Mexborough
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:11yrs
Date admitted:4 Jan 1842
Date discharged:18 Sep 1844
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: Miss Casey
References: SWD28

This orphan has been claimed by: Mark ST LEON

Margaret MONAGHAN (c.1831-1897) was my great-great-grandmother. She married my great-great-grandfather John JONES (Forfarshire, 1843) at St George's Church, Battery Point, in December 1848. By profession, Jones was an acrobat and equestrian and appeared in Radford's Royal Circus in Tasmania during 1847-1848. He formed his own circus at Sofala, NSW in 1851. In 1865, he adopted the professional name of "St Leon" for his professional activities. This eventually became the family name. His progeny were still active in circus as late as the 1960s. My book Circus: The Australian Story was recently published by Melbourne Books. After the early years of their marriage, Margaret did not travel with the circus but lived in private life with her two daughters, Alice and Amelia. Margaret died in Melbourne in 1897. She had a sister Mary Ann and a brother John. The three were orphaned when their mother, Mary Monaghan, died at the Female Factory in 1843. Let me know if you would like further information. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate a photograph of Margaret Monaghan. By the way, my article on early circus in Tasmania was published in the Tasmanian Historical Research Association's Papers & Proceedings a few years ago. Kind regards, Mark St Leon.

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