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Orphan Number: 4535
Orphan: Edward READER
Mother:McCARTHY, Ellen
Father:READER, William
Mother's ship:Lloyds
Father's ship:Hyderabad
Age when admitted:7yrs
Date admitted:20 Jan 1857
Date discharged:18 Jan 1863
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: Augustus N Spong, Franklin
Remarks: won best shoemaker and religious prizes 1863 and religious knowledge prize 1864 - , mother in hospital - father prisoner at Port Arthur
References: SWD26/6, 28, 32/1, CSD1/110/3483, CSD25/12/675, Police Gazette 18 Sep 1863,Hobart Town Mercury 16 & 26 Jan 1857, Launceston Examiner 3 Feb 1857p2

This orphan has been claimed by: Anne Merrick

Edward was born at Kingston and originally named Edwin. In 1863 he was apprenticed to Augustus N Spong, adruggist and chemist of Franklin. By 1868 he had met up again with his father and both were convicted of larceny at New Norfolk. Edward was merely admonished as the magistrate possibly assumed that he had been led astray by his father. He was now 19 years old and described as 5 feet 5 inches high, of a slight build, light brown hair, no whiskers and a mole at the side of his mouth.

By 1874 he was working on the whaler Marie Laure and was known by the nickname “The Doctor”, a reference, no doubt, to his training as a chemist In June 1874 he and another seaman were drowned when the boat the were in was bitten “to chips” by the whale they had been chasing.

(The Mercury, 4 July 1874, p.2, c4)|titleid%3A10|||l-decade=187

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