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Eliza came to Australia under the Earl Grey scheme in 1849, one hundred and fifty years ago this year.  She had been at the Kilkenny workhouse.  I have not been able to find a record of her parents, birthplace or parish.  Here death certificate shows her parents as William Shaw and Eliza nee Thompson and her birthplace as Ireland.  I would love to hear from anyone who has any further information or contact with family members.  Eliza was my great grandmother.  Thank you, Maureen.


Friday 14th Jun 2024, 01:09AM

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  • Maureen,

    On Ancestry, the passenger list shows Eliza born in 1834 and belonging to the Church of England.

    Name Eliza Thompson
    Gender Female
    Arrival Age 15
    Birth Date abt 1834
    Arrival Date 9 Aug 1849
    Arrival Place New South Wales, Australia
    Origin Location Kilkenny
    Vessel New Liverpool
    Can Read and Write Both
    Religion Church of England
    Author New South Wales Government


    On Ancestry, there is also an interesting summary of her life in Australia which you might be aware of.

    Clyde 3978 Victoria - History (

    I found this article on the internet. There is a link in the article. They may be able to help you find more info on Eliza and the Kilkenny workhouse.

    Tracing Our Orphan Girls To Australia - Kilkenny Press

    I checked RootsIreland (paid subscription) but did not find a birth record there. Since Eliza's last name is Thompson, I assume Eliza's mother was single when she had her??

    Regards- Mary


    Friday 14th Jun 2024, 11:02AM
  • Thank you, Mary.  I am well versed in Eliza's story.  I am hoping to find her birthplace and wonder if there are family members - descendants of siblings for example - out there.  Maureen.


    Sunday 16th Jun 2024, 02:56AM

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