|Age when admitted:||6yrs|
|Date admitted:||31 Aug 1844|
|Date discharged:||10 Sep 1849|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Discharged to:||mother, Ticket of Leave|
Mary Ann Gallagher (aka Mary Guy) is my Great Great Grandmother, born 15 Oct 1837 Liverpool, Lancashire,England.
Father : Michael Gallagher, BDM details unknown but apparently died circa 1839, Liverpool.
Mother : Sarah Gallagher (nee Crosbie), my 3rd Great Grandmother. BDM details unverified and Sarah's recorded ages conflict,but it is believed she was born between 1804 and 1812 at Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. Second marriage to Henry Guy of Liverpool, BDM details unknown.
The following is an extract from Sarah's 29 Dec 1843 petition as a prisoner in the Borough Goal of Liverpool :-
"That about 4 years ago your petitioner was left a widow with three small children to maintain by her own industry and that she was induced to marry the said Henry Guy under the impression that he would be a protection to your petitioner and her small family".
Reference CON 15-1-3 Image 19 of Sarah's Convict Records confirms that one of Mary Ann's siblings was left behind at Liverpool when Sarah was transported to VDL and Henry to Bermuda. Her name was Bridget Gallagher, age and fate unknown. Image 19 states "Children 3 , 2 on board" and Bridget's name is clearly shown in the relationship column. Mary Ann and Catherine's names are shown in the same entry, but the scribe appears to have misaligned Mary Ann's name giving the impression that there were 4 children.
Mary Ann (6 yrs) accompanied her mother Sarah Guy and sister Catherine Theresa (10 yrs) to VDL on the convict ship Angelina as an unconvicted dependant. Sailed from Woolwich,London on 28 Apr 1844 and arrived Hobart on 24 Aug 1844.
Mary Ann Guy (Orphan Number 2266) was admitted to Queens Orphan School,Hobart on 31 Aug 1844 and discharged 10 Sep 1849 to Sarah Guy. Her sister Catherine's Orphan Number was 2265.
Mary Ann (16 yrs) reverted to the surname Gallagher when she married James Edward POULTON (23 yrs,carpenter,free settler) on 24 Oct 1853 at St John's United Church of England & Ireland Parish Church,New Town,Hobart (Marriage entry 611 Number 385).
The birth of their first child, James William Poulton on 26 Nov 1855, was registered at Spring Bay. The Poulton's 08 Apr 1856 address was 42 Patrick Street (REF : CON 42-1-1 Image 72 Sarah's Conduct Record).
There were 11 children from this marriage, 3 born Hobart, 5 born Otago NZ and 3 born Levuka,Fiji.
Their second child, my 1st paternal Great Grandmother Florence Henrietta Eugenia POULTON was born 26 August 1857 at Hobart and died 13 Jun 1926 at Auburn,Sydney,NSW. She married Athanase Pierre at Levuka on 27 Sep 1879.
Their only child, my paternal Grandmother Henrietta Eugenia PIERRE was born 11 Jun 1880 at Levuka and died 05 Apr 1955 at Lautoka,Fiji. She married my Grandfather Frank Markham Waddingham 1 on 17 Dec 1898 at Rarawai, Ba,Fiji. There were 10 children from this marriage.Their fourth child is my own Father Frank Markham Waddingham 2 , born 27 Jun 1905 at Lautoka.
To concude, circa 1859 James and Mary Ann Poulton with their 3 children migrated from Hobart to Dunedin,Otago Province, NZ. On 30 Apr 1871 the Poulton's with 8 children arrived in Fiji,settling first at Nasilai near Suva,then Oniviro (Levuka) and finally at Suva Township circa 1885.
James Edward Poulton died at Auckland on 19 Aug 1905 aged 75 yrs.
Mary Ann Poulton (nee Gallagher/Guy) remained at Suva and died 06 Oct 1915 aged 77 yrs.