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Orphan Number: 5573
Orphan: James William WELLS
Mother:ROBBINS, Mary
Father:WELLS, Edward
Mother's ship:D Northumberland
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:3yrs 4mths
Date admitted:28 Sep 1859
Date discharged:29 Feb 1860
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to: father, now free
Remarks: father in Victoria
References: SWD26/2, 28, 37

This orphan has been claimed by: Claire Turfrey

James was discharged from the Orphan School to his father Edward on February 29, 1860. Sadly he died on May 1, 1861 at Kingston. His father Edward also died at Kingston on November 4 of the same year. His occupation was a constable and the inquest found his death was caused by excessive drinking.

His mother Mary went on to have a son David in 1864 and daughter Lucy in 1865 with William Edward Turfrey. Her son Charles Wells, who was surrended to the orphan school at the same time as James, went to live with them. 

Mary and William married in 1876 and are my 4x great-grandparents.

(Some of this information was sourced from The Last Ladies : Female Convicts on the Duchess of Northumberland, 1853 by Christine Woods)

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