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Orphan Number: 4438
Orphan: William James/ Henry James PRETTY
Mother:CROCKER, Elizabeth
Father:PRETTY, William
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:Surrey 2
Age when admitted:7yrs
Date admitted:22 May 1835
Date discharged:19 Jun 1838
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother
Remarks: mother a convict, father a prisoner constable
References: SWD28, CSO5/86/1885

This orphan has been claimed by: Colette McAlpine

William Pretty’s death certificate helps to clarify details about his life. It states that he died on the 11th of October 1913 at 10 Harker Street, North Melbourne. His death was registered by his grandson, H McIntyre who also lived at the same address. William’s occupation was listed as Tin smith and federal pensioner. He was 86 years old. William died of heart failure, hypostatic congestion of the lungs and old age. He had been ill for 10 days. Dr Marsden visited on the day of his death. His father was named as William Pretty, a silk weaver. (the only Tasmanian William Pretty of the correct age was a convict silk weaver from Shoreditch.)


William’s death was registered on the 20th of October, the day of his funeral at the Melbourne General Cemetery. William’s place of birth is Shoreditch, England. His certificate states that he spent 19 years in Tasmania and 67 in Victoria.  He married Ann Kelly when aged 22 in Melbourne.


At the time of his death his children were Richard deceased, Daniel deceased, Annie deceased, Rose 56, William 52, Mary 50, Agnes deceased, Charles deceased, Elizabeth 42, Joseph deceased, Bridget deceased, and Alice 36.


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