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Orphan Number: 5259
Orphan: Michael/Joe TANNER
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:6yrs
Date admitted:28 Jan 1837
Date discharged:28 Dec 1839
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: Flinders Island
Remarks: aborigine found on banks of River Tamar
References: SWD28, CSO5/86/1885, CSO5/93/2074

This orphan has been claimed by: Noelene Lucas

Michael Tanner was sent from the Orhpans's school to Flinders Island, from there he was taKen by a Captain Smith of the 'Bouy Boat'. When the boat came to the Launceston area Michael  absconded and went to, Vermont, the home of my ancestor, Elizabeth Ramsdate. She wrote a letter to the Colonial Secretary asking for the boy to remain with her (printed in Mortmain). Captain Smith apparently wanted the boy back but he did not want to go. The Colonial Sceretary's reply was that the boy could go where he wanted to go.

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