|Father:||MUNTING, James Thomas|
|Mother's ship:||Duke of Cornwall|
|Age when admitted:||4yrs|
|Date admitted:||2 Mar 1865|
|Date discharged:||13 Feb 1868|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Remarks:||father in prison at Port Arthur|
|References:||SWD26/8, 27, CSD25/11/396, HAP1871/63|
James Thomas Munting was my grandfather's father. His father was also named James Thomas Munting. He was convicted of larceny in Shordich England however when he was transported to Tasmania in 1843 as a convict on board the Anson, his name was recorded as James Thomas. When he was later reconvicted in Tasmania and sent to Port Arthur, his name was then recorded as James Thomas Minting.
Some time after his arrival in Tasmania James Thomas met his future wife Mary Wall (Ward) born 1829 (or 1828) in Tipperary Ireland. They were married on 6.3.1851 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Launceston. Mary was also a convict. She was tried at Clare on 24th October 1949. She could not read or write. She was transported for cow stealing from Kingston Dublin on the Duke of Cornwall on 8th July 1850 – arriving in Tasmania on 27.10.1850.
They had 13 children:
Sophia (Ward) Thomas 17.12.1851-28.1.1852
Frederick James (Wall) Munting 3.6.1853
Mary (Wall) Munting 8.3.1855
Unknown male (Ward) Munting 10.3.1856
Unknown male (Wall) Munting 15.9.1858
James Thomas (Wall) Munting 1860-1.2.1942
Kate Munting 1861
Sophia Munting 1863-1938
John Munting 1864-1944
Robert Munting 1867-26.2.1910
Maria Munting July 1871-22.2.1872
William Augustus (Ward) Munting 16.7.1872 - 3.8.1966
John Thomas (Ward) Munting 16.7.1872-2.11.1950
James died on 6.1.1891 at Charles St. Launceston Tasmania.
Mary died on 19.2.1895 in Launceston Tasmania.
James and Mary’s son James Thomas Munting was born in 1860. His father, a convict was reconvicted and sent to Port Arthur. His mother was still a convict when she became pregnant. It is likely that she was indentured to work for a landowner however when convict women became pregnant they were sent to the Cascade Women’s factory to give birth to their children. It is recorded that Mary was in the Cascade Women’s Factory. It is likely that James stayed with his mother there for some time however he was later sent to the Queens Orphanage at Newtown on 23.12.1864 (or 1863) when he was about 4 years old. His brother James Frederick and sister Mary were also sent to the Orphanage.
He was later working as a groom at Calstock where the winner of the Melbourne Cup Malua was trained. He met and married Frances Maria Sherriff 5th March 1881 in Deloraine. He worked at Calstock for many years.
Albert Munting was my grandfather.