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Neglected Children

Most of the names below are from records of neglected children, but I've included a few orphans for whom I've found information in sources other than orphanage records. Many children were sent to an orphanage when at least one parent was still alive.

Explanation of names below:

  • Some of these children were born interstate or overseas. Most (but not all) spent time in Queensland, NSW or Victoria.
  • Names are from nine (9) series of records (but NOT official orphanage records).
  • Dates of those records are between 1879 (earliest) and 1932 (latest).
  • This is an ongoing project. When more names are added, I'll announce it in my email newsletter and on What's New.
  • Scroll through the list. Names may have been spelled incorrectly in the records.
  • Names beginning with 'Mc' precede other 'M' surnames.
  • Apostrophes have been removed from names such as O'NEILL.
  • If there are several entries for a name, investigate them all. In some cases there are several sources with different information about the same child.
  • For names below, I can obtain copies of the original records (this link leads to instructions).

ABRAHAM Henry
ABRAHAM John
ABRAHAM Lillie
ABRAHAM Lizzie
AH SAM Ruby
AH SUE Eliza
ALBON Frederick
ALLEN Ada
ALLEN Ellen
ALLEN James
ALLEN Johanna
ALLEN Lily
ALLEN Maggie
AMPHLETT Dorothy E
ANGEL .. (3 children born 1870s)
ARMSTRONG Joseph
ASHCROFT Florence
ASHCROFT Myra
ASHCROFT Ruby
ATKINSON Annie Harriett
ATKINSON Ernest Darly
ATKINSON Florence Beatrice
ATKINSON Jane Adelaide
How to get copies

BAKER John
BAKER John
BALL Charles
BALL Henry
BALL Susan
BALLARDIE Archibald John
BALLARDIE Ethel Adeline
BANNISTER Daisy Leila
BARBER Florrie
BARNET John
BARNHAM Annie
BARNHAM Myrtle
BARRETT Catherine
BARTLEY Caroline
BARTLEY Hildred
BARTON Martha Christian Victoria
BARTON Mary J
BARTON Mary Jane
BARTON William
BATES .. (children of George BATES)
BATES Lily
BECK Maud
BECKETT Ernest
BECKETT Ernest Samuel
BECKETT Florence A
BECKETT Florence Amy
BECKETT Winifred A E
BECKETT Winifred A E
BEST Fanny
BLACKBURN Stella May
BLANCHARD Frank
BLANCHARD Josephine
BLANCHARD Virginia
BLOOM Bertie
BOARDMAN Thomas
BODKIN Lizzie
BOLTON Annie
BOLTON Mabel
BOOTH Charles
BORN Ellen
BRADY Sarah
BRASH William
BREEZE Alice Maud
BREEZE Doris Elizabeth
BREEZE Eileen Emma
BROWN .. (2 neglected children c.1894)
BROWN Sarah
BROWNE Sarah
BURNS Arthur
BURNS Charles
BURNS Dolly
BURNS Violet
BUTLER Elizabeth
How to get copies

CAIN Eliza Jane
CAIRNS Alick
CAMERON Ada
CAMERON Margaret
CAMPBELL Victor
CANNING Cecil Coral
CARNE Wilfred
CAULFIELD Mary
CHALMER Joan Mary
CLARK James
COAD Elsie May
COLECHIN Jessie
COSTER Leopold
COWEN Mary Anne
CRAMP Arthur
CREED Smith
CROCOMBE Lily
CROMWELL Mary Anne
CUTTS Ethel
How to get copies

DAFFEY Bert
DAFFEY William
DAUTEL Martha Magdalena
DAVIS Ellen
DAVIS Mary
DEVLIN Dora
DODD Daisy
DODD Polly
DODD Tommy
DOHERTY Lizzie
DOW Millie
DOWLING William
DOYLE George
DOYLE John
DOYLE Patrick
DUFFY Catherine
DUFFY Ellen
DUFFY John
DUFFY William
DUGGAN Bridget
DUGGAN Catherine
DUGGAN Charles
DUVAL Louisa
How to get copies

EDWARDS Elizabeth
EDWARDS Elizabeth
EDWARDS William Albert
ELSTOB Margaret Zena
ERAMAN Evelyn
ESPIN Mary Amelia
EVANS Annie
EVANS Bella
How to get copies

FARLOW Louisa
FARRELL Alfred (or FERELL)
FERELL Alfred (see FARRELL)
FIEN Leonard
FITZGERALD Thomas
FLEMING Nellie
FOSTER Lizzie
FRAWLEY Agnes
FRAWLEY Charles
FRAWLEY Thomas
How to get copies

GABRIEL Edward
GIBSON Mary Ann
GORDON Harriet
GORDON Margaret
GRAHAM Ernest
GRAY Dorothy
GRAY Minnie
GRAY Samuel
GRIFFITHS Priscilla Ida
GRIGGS Ivy Gertrude
How to get copies

HACKETT Frederick W
HACKETT Minnie
HALL Annie
HALL Elizabeth
HALL John
HAMMEL Kate
HAND Jessie
HEMSON Albert
HEMSON Alfred
HEMSON Herbert
HENDERSON Arthur
HERBERT Neville Edward
HERMAN George
HEWITT Carrie
HEYER .. (boy)
HILL Anastasia
HILL Catherine
HILL James
HOLOHAN Edward Bartholomew
HOLOHAN John
HOLOHAN Nellie
HOLOHAN Thomas
HOLT Margaret Anne
HOPPER Kathleen
How to get copies

IRWIN George

JACKSON Duncan Wilford
JACKSON Duncan Willford
JACKSON Ethel
JACKSON Ethel
JACKSON George
JACKSON James
JACKSON James
JACKSON John
JACKSON John
JACKSON Kate
JACKSON Kate
JACKSON Kate
JACKSON Lizzie
JACKSON Rose
JARVIS Henry
JEFFREY Ada
JEFFREY John
JENKINS Harold
JOHNSTON James
JOHNSTON Walter Ernest
JONES Annie
JONES Annie
JONES Hector
JONES Hester
JONES Thelma Grace
JONES Thomas
JONES Thomas
How to get copies

KENNEDY John
KERR William George
KEYSTON Jane
KING Bessie
KNIGHT Margaret
KOSTER Ethel May
KRUGER Alwyn
KRUGER Lewis Wilhelm
KUCH James
How to get copies

LAMPE Elizabeth
LAMPE James
LAMPE John
LANGLEY Pearl
LEE George
LEE John
LEE Maggie
LEWIS Elizabeth
LEWIS Robert H
LEWIS Robina R
LOWRY Evelyn May
LOWRY Frank
LOWRY John
LUCAS Charles Edward
LUPTON Doreen
How to get copies

McAVOY Alice
McAVOY Sarah
McCARTHY Austin
McDONALD Kate
McINERNEY James
McIVOR Lizzie
McKENZIE Alice
McKENZIE George
McLEAN Mary Rubie
McMAHON Catherine
McMAHON Edward
McMAHON James
McMAHON John
McMAHON Michael
McMANUS Alice M
McMANUS George Henry
McMURDY Joseph
McPHERSON Matilda
McROBERT Gordon
McROBERT John
How to get copies

MAHER David Thomas
MAHER Isabella
MAHER Violet May
MALLETT Mary
MALONE John Henry Lawrence
MARTIN Ellen
MARTIN Frank
MASON Frank
MATEER .. (neglected child c.1895)
MAXWELL James
METCHER Claude
METCHER Emily
METCHER Percy
MITCHELL Mary
MITCHELL Samuel
MITCHELL Stanley
MORRIS Frank Leslie
MORRIS Thomas
MULLEN Francis
MULLINS William
MURLESS Bertha May
MURRAY James
MURRAY Maud
MUTTON Ernest
How to get copies

NELSON John Joseph
NEWMAN Theresa
NOLAN Bedan John
How to get copies

OLSEN Thelma Grace
ONEILL Ada
ONEILL Amy
ONEILL Ernest
ONEILL Vera Madeline
How to get copies

PASCOE Violet
PATTERSON Katty
PATTERSON Maggie
PATTERSON Ronald
PAUL Stewart Frederick
PIERPOINT Margaret
POLITES Alice
POLK William
POLLOCK John
PORTER Mable Elizabeth
POTTER Frederick William
How to get copies

RAMAGE Mary
RAWLINGS Sarah Jane
RITTLER Anton
RITTLER August
RITTLER Patrick
RITTLER Stephen Ambrose
ROBERTS Sydney
ROBINSON William
ROSS Elizabeth
RYAN Patrick
RYAN Thelma Grace
How to get copies

SCHELLER Dorothy Lily
SELLS Gusta
SHUGG Alexander
SMITH John
SMITH Lily
SMITH William Thomas
SNEDDON Harry
SPENCER Frederick William
SPENCER George E
SPENCER Pearl I
STAFFORD Richard
STEEL Harry
STEEL John
STEELE Harry
STEELE John
STENHOUSE George J
STUART Lucy
SWORT Harriet
SWORT Herbert
SWORT Thomas W
How to get copies

TAIT Mary
TATTERN James
TERRELL Victor John
THOMPSON Charles
THOMPSON Mary
THOMPSON Mary
THOMPSON Rebecca
TOOMBS John
TREVELLYNE William
TREVETON Charles
TUCKER Muriel Edith
How to get copies

VAUGHAN Cecil

WADDINGHAM Arthur
WALDERON John
WARRIAN William Henry
WATSON Eliza
WATSON Lizzie
WATSON Richard
WEBB Alice
WEBB Alice
WHITEHEAD Thomas
WILKINSON A R
WILLIAMS Ada (child of George and Charlotte)
WILLIAMS Florrie (child of George and Charlotte)
WILLIAMS Frederick Foster (child of George and Charlotte)
WITHERS Theresa
WON YOUNG Polly
WONG CHONG Alice Charlotte
WRAGGE George
WYER Henry
WYER Robert
WYER William
How to get copies

YOUNG Lucy
YOURALL Bridget
YOURALL Ellen
YOURALL Rose
How to get copies

If the list above does not include the name of the child you are researching, see 'Other suggestions' below.

Copying service. Allow several weeks for a reply (I am often away).

Genealogy is my business (not just a hobby), so I charge fees for my time, regardless of the result. I've spent over 35 years learning about (and indexing) original records, and it takes time/money to consult my index, travel to a record office in Brisbane, find the relevant bundle/volume and file/page, and send you the results.

Option 1:  If you want a digital image of the original document (sent via the Internet), my fee is $15 for one entry. If the same name is listed (above) twice, or if two or more names are of interest, ask me for a quote for those additional entries. If you already have records for the neglected child, your request must list the record office, source title/location or ID number, date and file/page number (be very specific). To avoid duplication, it is your responsibility to fully identify the source. If you need traditional paper photocopies, or digital images posted on a USB thumb drive or a CD, extra fees apply (see Delivery Options). See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).

Option 2:  I will (for a fee of $5 for one entry plus $3 for each additional entry) provide source references (the record type, what year(s) it covers, and the record office's file/volume/page number if applicable) so you can do the work yourself. If the same name is listed (above) twice, that is two entries. If you already have records for the neglected child, your request must list the record office, source title/location or ID number, date and file/page number (be very specific). To avoid duplication, it is your responsibility to fully identify the source. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).

Option 3:  If you just want to check whether an entry for a common name might be relevant, I will (for a fee of $2 per entry) tell you the approximate year (my email will say, 'The document date would be about [year]'). If the same name is listed (above) twice, that is two entries. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).





Other Suggestions

Parents of other neglected children may be in the Maintenance Payments index or the Illegitimate Index.

Many orphanage records are now online. See my article Orphanage Records Now Accessible.

Indexes to Queensland births registered up to and including *1919* can be searched at FindMyPast (link opens a search page in a new window). The end date of 1919 is more recent than the Registry of BDMs site, which only allows searches for births more than 100 years ago.

Helen Harris's indexes (Infant Life Protection Act; Missing people; Wife/child deserters; etc.)

My other genealogy sites have additional advice and names.

Search this site  (do NOT use apostrophes; read search results page carefully)

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