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Orphan Number: 5042
Orphan: Lydia SMITH
Mother:NEEDHAM, Alice
Father:SMITH, Cooper
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:Marian 2
Age when admitted:12yrs
Date admitted:17 Apr 1872
Date discharged:18 Sep 1873
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: Henry Boyes, New Town
References: SWD26/13, 27, 32/1

This orphan has been claimed by: Joyce Purtscher

Cooper Smith was convicted in Sussex, England of stealing two shirts and transported for 12 years per Marion arriving in Hobart Town 16th September 1845. He could read and write and was 20 years of age. His sentence was served in many parts of the island including Fingal, Avoca, Kingston, Clarence Plains, Ida Bay, Kingston, Franklin and Kangaroo Bottom. He received his Ticket of Leave in 1854 and Pardon in 1855. He married Alice Needham on 24 March 1856 at Hobart.

Alice Needham was 16 when she arrived in Hobart Town per Sir Allan McNab with her mother, Sarah 49, and sister Jane, 19, to be with their father Joshua Needham, who had been transported per Lady Raffles for 14 years for receiving a silver plate. Joshua Needham, 80, died in General Hospital, Hobart, from diarrhoea 17 Jun 1880 and Sarah, his wife died 5 September 1873 aged 69 from paralysis.

Cooper Smith and his wife Alice had 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls when Cooper died in the General Hospital, Hobart, on 6th June 1871 from a strangulated hernia. Alice then applied for two of her children to be admitted to the Queen’s Orphanage, New Town. On the application, R T Edwards wrote – Applicant prays her two children herein mentioned (Samuel & Lydia) may be admitted into the Queen’s Asylum, New Town. She has two out at service (Emily & William), and states she finds it impossible to get adequate employment to support her 3 children at home and pay house rent etc. and is desiring of going into service herself and pay for the younger child. She went up hop picking but being new to the work came back in debt and appears to be in a very destitute condition and is willing to give up her present allowance.

Lydia Smith born 1860, was admitted to the Queen’s Orphanage on April 1872 and was apprenticed out to Henry Boyes, New Town on 18 Sep 1873. She married John Thomas Browne in 1885, a police constable and they moved around Tasmania and had 7 children, Hugh, Margaret, Dorothea, Ada, Mabel, Eric and Trixie. She died 9 Feb 1934 in Launceston and was buried at Carr Villa. John Thomas Browne committed suicide at Bangor on 7 June 1902.

Samuel Smith born 1864, was admitted to the Queen’s Orphanage on April 1872.

William Smith born 1858 went into the employ of James Muskett at Franklin and he married Hannah Muskett when he was 24 and she was 21 years of age at her parents’ home at Franklin. His occupation given on the marriage certificate was engineer. They had 12 children – Daisy Eliza, Florence May, James William, Priscilla, Barclay Leopold, Grace Annie, Eric Franklin, Alice Margaret, Thomas Cameron, Murray Glanville, Hilton Lambert and Chester Wilfred. William died 7 Jan 1944 aged 86 and Hannah on 19 Jul 1944 and both were buried at Margate.

Cooper Smith’s widow, Alice, nee Needham, had two daughters by Robert Bew. I cannot find their marriage. They were Alice Elizabeth BEW born in 1874 and Louisa Jane BEW born in 1878. Both girls were born in Hobart, but the family moved to Launceston, where the girls were admitted to the Launceston Girls’ Industrial School in 1883 until they were 16. Alice Elizabeth must have been a clever girl, as she won many prizes whilst at the school. Sadly she died at the Heidelberg Hospital, Melbourne aged 21. Alice Lydia Smith died in Ardale, Victoria in 1905 aged 68. Robert Bew died in 1885 in Launceston.

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