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Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« on: Monday 15 January 18 19:39 GMT (UK) »
Hi, Not sure if anyone can help with my research, but worth a shot.
I have trawled all the online databases available on Adelaide but have drawn a blank. I live in England!
I am trying to find 4 children who it appears were entered into the asylum. This is what i have.
Solomon RICHARDS arrived on the Aurora in May 1856.
Wife Eliza (Wldon/Waldron/Walden)
children
Anna or Hannah Waldon/Waldron/Walden RICHARDS brn 1846
Fanny RICHARDS brn 1849
Robert John Waldon/Waldron/Walden RICHARDS brn 1852
Eliza RICHARDS brn 1856 (in Adelaide)

It seems about 1 month (possibly) after arriving in Adelaide Eliza gave birth to a daughter, Eliza.
Another researcher has it that the mother Eliza died 3 weeks after giving birth. I haven't been able to find anything on this death from here in England. The same researcher the has it that the 3 daughters were entered into the asylum. (19 July 1856?) Again I can't find evidence of this from here.
The researcher also says the Hannah/Anna and her brother chose to be known by their mothers maiden name which would have been Waldron or Waldon or Walden, and says maybe the other 2 girls were known by this name at some point.
From the Trove I have found 3 court articles and it seems that Solomon kept Robert with him for a while before leaving him with a Mr David Hope around the end of 1856 promising to pay for the boys keep. Mr Hope it seems couldn't afford to keep him and wanted him entered into the asylum. The court at first wouldn't do this. The 3 articles make for some sad reading.
Adelaide Times 3rd March 1857
Adelaide Observer 7 March 1857
Adelaide Times 17 March
He was eventually entered into the asylum.
I have found a marriage for Solomon after also finding another court article in the Trove.
South Australian Register 21 January 1860.
It appears Solomon married a widow (with 6 children) in May 1858 Adelaide but then deserted this wife in the August. She was petitioning for an order to protect her property from Solomon in 1860.
From here on I know Solomon married again Eliza Margaret Catherine Dormer 14 Oct 1861 in Sydney.
What a man lol.
I would dearly love to find these children in the asylum (my own proof) and what became of them as they are my link to my family (via their mother) but can fin no trace of them apart from Hannah/Anna whom i believe married a William Price then a Henry Rookley Parker (or maybe John Henry Rookley Parker). I cannot find her death though. She was living Maryborough and Millchester in Queensland at some point.
Any help much appreciated

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Re: Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 00:02 GMT (UK) »
This suggests that there was a Robert and a John Richards
Adeliade Observer 24 May 1856 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/161258977
SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE
ARRIVED.
Passengers per Aurora
....Solomon Richards, Eliza, Hannah, Fanny, Robert, and John Richards,

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Re: Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 00:23 GMT (UK) »
I thought that too, but looked at the passenger list - there is no John with the family  :)

https://www.archives.sa.gov.au/passenger-lists-view/1856/


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Re: Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 00:35 GMT (UK) »
Do you have Solomon's death certificate?
If he died in NSW, the certificate has provision for information about children and whether they are living or dead.
Depending on the knowledge and truthfulness of the informant, you may learn something from it.
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Re: Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 00:44 GMT (UK) »
Do you have the 1861 marriage certificate? The NSW BDM index says George RICHARDS and Margaret Kate DORMAN, as does the marriage notice (DORMER) - though I notice George is from Bridport where I think your Solomon is also from
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60487410

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Re: Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 01:10 GMT (UK) »
Actually, there was another son - Thomas Hanham Budd RICHARDS birth reg Mar qtr 1855 Bridport (5a/384), however he died soon after, death reg Mar qtr 1855 Bridport (5a/362).

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Re: Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 01:27 GMT (UK) »
Do you have Solomon's death certificate?
If he died in NSW, the certificate has provision for information about children and whether they are living or dead.
Depending on the knowledge and truthfulness of the informant, you may learn something from it.
Sue

Ah, I'm guessing this is a possibility, in Qld. Solomon George RICHARDS death reg 1911   (C2853), mother Sarah -"born England aged 88 years"

I'm assuming this is Solomon - born 25 Aug 1822, bap 25 Sep 1822 at Bridport, Dorset, parents Henry and Sarah
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J3CN-S32

Although the middle name "George" doesn't appear in any of the English records I can see.

Modified to add:
Death notice here - (I note the name of his property "Allington Farm", Allington being where he was born in Dorset.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article151525963

and Margaret's death notice
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148681759

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Re: Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 01:28 GMT (UK) »
Do you have the 1861 marriage certificate? The NSW BDM index says George RICHARDS and Margaret Kate DORMAN, as does the marriage notice (DORMER) - though I notice George is from Bridport where I think your Solomon is also from
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60487410

This death in QLD for a child of Solomon's third marriage shows his second name as George.

1956   B14594 Annie Eliza LINDERBERG
Parents Solomon George RICHARDS & Margaret Kate Eliza DORMER

There is record evidence of Annie/Hannah PARKER in Qld as OP has suggested.
Melia, do you need newspaper snips or not?

For example

Not an easy marriage, perhaps
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/81637462

Offers  services as a ladies' nurse. 1881
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/76719104

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Re: Destitute Asylum Adelaide -
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 01:34 GMT (UK) »
This death of a child of the RICHARDS/PARKER marriage in 1886 suggests Annie was using the surname PLUMB
1886 C1902 Annie Waldon Rookley PARKER
Parents John Harry Rookley PARKER &  Annie RICHARDS ** late PLUMB

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