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Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« on: Tuesday 26 February 19 23:51 GMT (UK) »
Seeking information on the parents of Sarah Jane Lynn(e). She was supposedly born in Tasmania according to newspaper and police reports, and was sometimes known as "Darkey Jinny". In newspaper reports she was described a being a "creole girl" and in Tasmania Police Gazettes as being a "Mulatto".
She was in both the Hobart and Launceston areas and was imprisoned in 1874 for larceny by the Supreme Court, which had her age as 27 so a birth year of around 1847. However, a later 1876 newspaper report had her age at 34.
She did have many minor brushes with the law resulting in fines and small sentences.
Her mother is mentioned in a newspaper report in December,1872, but it does not name her. She reportedly had helped her daughter out of her last police 'troubles" about 5 weeks previously.
Thanks in anticipation.

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Re: Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 27 February 19 01:29 GMT (UK) »

The Tasmanian 24 Oct 1874 p12
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/198924371?
....Sarah Jane LYNNE, a half-caste girl imported from St Helena and Rosa SELLS, a native.....

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Re: Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 27 February 19 12:21 GMT (UK) »
Article here about a St Helena mother and her seven children brought to Hobart in 1851 from Tristan D'Acunha, the father, a scot named Lind having died.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36259545

Date doesn't quite fit with being born in Tasmania, but still worth considering

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Re: Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 28 February 19 03:54 GMT (UK) »
Good find Matthew, well worth looking into.

After some googling i found that her name was Catherine Lind and his name was James Lind.

I havent been able to connect Sarah to them yet so i feel its the right family.



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Re: Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 28 February 19 05:54 GMT (UK) »
No mention of a  "Sarah" on the passenger list.

Mrs C Lind, Miss L Lind,  margaret, james, david, agnes, clara, john,

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/225556943

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Re: Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 28 February 19 08:51 GMT (UK) »
Thought i would have a dig around on the members who arrived in 1851 and see if anything links Sarah to them.

The Hobart Town Mercury (Tas. : 1857) 
Fri 13 Nov 1857
Assault with intent to violate.-Robert Comer of Liverpool Street, was placed in the dock charged by D.C.-Macguire with having on the afternoon of the 9th inst. in her Majesty's Domain, attempted to commit a criminal assault upon a little girl about ten years of age named Clara Lynn who was residing, with her sister, Lucinda Lynn in Collins street.
etc

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3245586

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The Tasmanian Times (Hobart Town, Tas. : 1867 - 1870) 
Thu 14 Apr 1870
"Catherine Lynn a native of St Helena"

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/232871063

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Re: Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 28 February 19 21:27 GMT (UK) »
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Her mother is mentioned in a newspaper report in December,1872, but it does not name her. She reportedly had helped her daughter out of her last police 'troubles" about 5 weeks previously.
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Article mentioning mother here
1872 'LAW INTELLIGENCE.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 01 Mar 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8918034

From TAHO LC247 Hobart Magistrates Court - Record of Cases Heard in Petty Sessions
https://stors.tas.gov.au/LC247-1-34 (pages 147 - 148)
"Catherine Lynn...mother"

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Re: Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 28 February 19 22:05 GMT (UK) »
This newspaper law report and petty session record has her age as 16 in 1867

1867 'LAW.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 19 September, p. 2. , viewed 01 Mar 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8848081

https://stors.tas.gov.au/LC247-1-32 (page 970)

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Re: Sarah Jane LYNN(E) Tasmania
« Reply #8 on: Friday 01 March 19 01:07 GMT (UK) »
Three of the children of Mrs Catherine Lind, Agnes, Clara and James were in the Queens Orphan School for a number of years - http://www.orphanschool.org.au/listorphans.php Enter Lind as the family name.

I wonder if Catherine was pregnant with Sarah Jane on the 'Bengal' voyage and gave birth sometime after she arrived here (after 21 Jan. 1851). That would give her the credentials for being listed as a 'native' in some of the police reports. Since civil birth registrations didn't officially start until 1854 may not be a birth registered for her. Baptism would be only likely source for confirmation.

Cheers,

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