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Orphan Number: 706
Orphan: Mary BUSHTON
Mother's ship:
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:12yrs
Date admitted:20 Jun 1833
Date discharged:
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to:
Remarks: mother dead
References: SWD24p439, 28

This orphan has been claimed by: Keith Graham

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MARY BUSHTON - no. 706

It is likely that Mary Bushton was a survivor of the Hibernia tragedy of 1833 which caught fire on route to Australia.

Of the 232 passengers only 79 survived; of 50 children and young people only 13 survived.

Mary was listed in the survivors list as being Ann Bushton, and assessed by the Committee as being named Nancy before her admission.

Her brother Timothy and father George Bushton also survived six days at sea in makeshift lifeboats before being rescued and taken to Rio de Janeiro before being taken to Hobart Town. 

Her mother was not recorded on the passenger list but was recorded as having been dead on her admission, whereas Sarah Bushton no. 707, also admitted in 1833 was discharged to the care of her mother.

Other Hibernia survivor admissions to the Orphanage were:

  • William Broomhall - no. 514
  • Edward Hudson - no. 2671
  • Eliza Campbell - no. 755
  • James Campbell - no. 756
  • Mary Ann Campbell - no. 757
  • Thomas Campbell - 759

Her discharge date is not given and her subsequent life has not been researched.

The author is not related to Mary Bushton, but is indirectly related to Edward Hudson no. 2671.

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