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Orphan Number: 4759
Orphan: William RUSS
Mother:RUSS, Charlotte
Father:RUSS, Henry
Mother's ship:St Vincent
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:7yrs
Date admitted:15 Apr 1850
Date discharged:17 Apr 1854
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: mother, now free
References: SWD28

This orphan has been claimed by: Robyn Westgate

William Russ's father Henry was sentenced in 1845 for burglary and transported to the prison hulks in the Bahamas for seven years. While he was away William's mother Charlotte was convicted of stealing and sentenced to transportation. Charlotte and William spent 18 months in the hulks on the river in London before being transported to Van Dieman's Land on the St Vincent arriving in 1850. William was seven years old at this time and removed from Charlotte and sent to the Queen's Orphan School. Also in 1850 henry retunred to England to find his family gone.

When Charlotte earned her ticket of leave and later pardon she reieved permission to marry another convict Henry Newton and was able to have William retunred to live with her.

Meanwhile in Radnorshire Wales Henry was again sentenced for stealing and transported for life to Fremantle Western Australia. Henry earned his ticket of leave and pardon before marrying the young widow Jane Cox in 1863. They had 10 children, one of whom was my antecedents. 

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