|Age when admitted:||8yrs|
|Date admitted:||20 Aug 1860|
|Date discharged:||15 Jan 1864|
|Institution(s):||Queens Orphan School|
|Discharged to:||Nathaniel Allison, Macquarie River|
|Remarks:||won general knowledge prize Jan 1864 - father a sea captain, dead, mother destitute|
|References:||SWD26/2, 28, 32/1|
Mary Morgan arrived on the New Grove in 1835. She was convicted of the theft of cloth and bread in the Old Bailey in 1834. She arrived with nine children in total, her last having been born aboard the New Grove a couple of months before her arrival in Hobart Town. Six of the nine children were placed in the Orphan Schools. Their father, John, remained in London.
Catherine married James Moodie and four of her children were also admitted to the Orphan School.
Elizabeth married Thomas Highland and two of their children were admitted to the Orphan School
In 2009 I wrote the book Naming the Women which follows four generations of women in Mary Morgan's line. She was convicted of stealing in 1834 and was transported to Van Diemenís Land for seven years along with her children. Her great granddaughter returned to London with her husband to be presented to King George V almost one hundred years later. This story tells of the peculiar difficulties and triumphs of each generation and reflects the social history of its time and the difficulties women in particular faced.
Details may be found on my website