(--?--) Collins

He married (--?--) (---?---) in Ireland.

Family

(--?--) (---?---)
Children

Bessy Collins1

(c 1871 - 1947)
Father*Henry Collins1 b. c 1833, d. bt 1881 - 1884
Mother*Margaret Stevenson1 b. c 1847, d. 1876
Bessy Collins was born in Co. Down circa 1871.1

Sarah Jane Collins, Henry James Collins, Samuel Albert Collins, William Alfred Collins, Bessy Collins, Richard (aka Frederick) Collins and Lucy Collins arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, on 20 September 1875 on board the 'Renfrewshire' in the company of Henry Collins and Margaret Stevenson.1

On 3 May 1876, just 10 days after their mother's death, all the COLLINS childern (namely Sarah, Bessy, Henry, Samuel, William and Richard ), but excluding baby Lucy, were admitted to the Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot.2

The orphanage records show she was 'hired out' for short periods in 1882 and 1884 before her discharge (aged 16) on 31 May 1887.2

She married Albert Edward John Watts at Registrar's Office in Sth Brisbane, Queensland, on 3 March 1896. Albert claimed to be 33, though actually he was only 31 and Bessy was probably about 25, not 23 as claimed.3

She was widowed on the death of her husband Albert on 17 January 1938.4

Bessy died on 10 January 1947 in Brisbane, Queensland.5

Family 1

Child

Family 2

Albert Edward John Watts (1864 - 1938)
Children

Citations

  1. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Register of Immigrant Ships' Arrivals 1848-1912, Item ID 18477, Series ID 13086, Digital Image ID 39246.
  2. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Admission register to Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot, Item ID 268111, Dept Nos. 1 - 3858, 1859 - 2172 (1865-1908), Series ID 6866, pages 33 and 39.
  3. [S931] BDM QLD Registry, marriage record, Reg. No. 1896/C1445, as Elizabeth Bessie.
  4. [S930] BDM QLD Registry, death record, Reg. No. 1938/B38284.
  5. [S930] BDM QLD Registry, death record, Reg. No. 1947/B9985, as Elizabeth Bessie.
  6. [S929] BDM QLD Registry, birth record, Reg. No. 1894/B54963, mother's name Elizabeth, no father listed.
  7. [S929] BDM QLD Registry, birth record, Reg. No. 1897/B60425.
  8. [S929] BDM QLD Registry, birth record, Reg. No. 1899/C716.
  9. [S929] BDM QLD Registry, birth record, Reg. No. 1902/C662 (twin).
  10. [S929] BDM QLD Registry, birth record, Reg. No. 1902/C663 (twin).

Henry Collins

(c 1833 - bt 1881 - 1884)
Father*(--?--) Collins
Mother*(--?--) (---?---)
Henry Collins was born in Tullylish, Co. Down, circa 1833.1

He married Margaret Stevenson, daughter of William Stevenson and Mary McMullin, in Tullylish, Co. Down, on 17 August 1863.1

Henry arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, on 20 September 1875, on board the 'Renfrewshire' accompanied by his wife Margaret Stevenson and children Sarah Jane, Henry James, Samuel Albert, William Alfred, Bessy, Richard (aka Frederick) and Lucy. They were assisted immigrants and had left Glasgow on 5 Jun, apart from Lucy, who was born during the voyage.
Henry's sister Jane was also on board, travelling as an unassisted passenger.

According to family lore, they had been advised to go to a warmer climate, specifically Australia, because of Margaret's 'weak lungs.2'

He was widowed on the death of his wife Margaret on 23 April 1876.3

Ten days after his wife's death all of their children (except baby Lucy, who was possibly adopted out) were placed in the Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot home with the reason stated as being 'mother dead, father not in employment'. What then happened to Henry is unclear, although the orphanage records imply he died sometime between 1881 and 1884.4

He died between July 1881 and April 1884 in Australia as the reormatory school records for his sons Samuel and William state he was alive in Jul 1881, but dead by Apr 1884.5

Family

Margaret Stevenson (c 1847 - 1876)
Children

Citations

  1. [S120] Family Group Sheet - I Kemp, "Family group: Robinson-Collins."
  2. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Register of Immigrant Ships' Arrivals 1848-1912, Item ID 18477, Series ID 13086, Digital Image ID 39246.
  3. [S488] Index - Queensland BDMs (online and fiche), at https://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death Reg. No. 1876/B10601, parents William STEPHENSON and Mary MCMULLIN.
  4. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Admission register to Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot, Item ID 268111, Dept Nos. 1 - 3858, 1859 - 2172 (1865-1908), Series ID 6866, pages 33 and 39.
  5. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Admission register - Prosperpine Hulk and Reformatory School for Boys, Item ID 532416, Dept Nos. 1-1404, Series ID 986, pages 8 and 12.
  6. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1865/32/1006/3/235, Banbridge.
  7. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1867/32/1006/5/421, Banbridge.
  8. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1869/32/1006/8/107, Banbridge (although mother's maiden name given as WADDELL?).
  9. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1871/32/1006/10/211, Banbridge.
  10. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1873/32/1006/12/332, Banbridge.

Henry James Collins1

(1865 - )
Father*Henry Collins1 b. c 1833, d. bt 1881 - 1884
Mother*Margaret Stevenson1 b. c 1847, d. 1876
Henry James Collins was born at Drummillar in Banbridge, Co. Down, on 5 November 1865.1

Sarah Jane Collins, Henry James Collins, Samuel Albert Collins, William Alfred Collins, Bessy Collins, Richard (aka Frederick) Collins and Lucy Collins arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, on 20 September 1875 on board the 'Renfrewshire' in the company of their parents Henry Collins and Margaret Stevenson.2

On 3 May 1876, just 10 days after their mother's death, all the COLLINS childern (namely Sarah, Bessy, Henry, Samuel, William and Richard ), but excluding baby Lucy, were admitted to the Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot.3

He was discharged from the orphanage on 16 October 1876, when he entered service with a Mrs CAMPBELL of Logan River.3

Citations

  1. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1865/32/1006/3/235, Banbridge.
  2. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Register of Immigrant Ships' Arrivals 1848-1912, Item ID 18477, Series ID 13086, Digital Image ID 39246.
  3. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Admission register to Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot, Item ID 268111, Dept Nos. 1 - 3858, 1859 - 2172 (1865-1908), Series ID 6866, pages 33 and 39.

Jane Collins

(c 1846 - )
Father*(--?--) Collins
Mother*(--?--) (---?---)
Jane Collins was born in Ireland circa 1846.1

Jane arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, on 20 September 1875, on board the 'Renfrewshire'. She was travelling as an unassisted immigrant and family stories claim she was travelling with her brother Henry and family to assist with looking after the children.1

Citations

  1. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Register of Immigrant Ships' Arrivals 1848-1912, Item ID 18477, Series ID 13086, Digital Image ID 39246.

Lucy Collins

(1875 - )
Father*Henry Collins b. c 1833, d. bt 1881 - 1884
Mother*Margaret Stevenson b. c 1847, d. 1876
Lucy was born at sea in the 'Renfrewshire' and her birth registered on arrival, Queensland, on 31 August 1875.1,2

Sarah Jane Collins, Henry James Collins, Samuel Albert Collins, William Alfred Collins, Bessy Collins, Richard (aka Frederick) Collins and Lucy Collins arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, on 20 September 1875 on board the 'Renfrewshire' in the company of Henry Collins and Margaret Stevenson.3

On 3 May 1876, just 10 days after their mother's death, all the COLLINS childern (namely Sarah, Bessy, Henry, Samuel, William and Richard ), but excluding baby Lucy, were admitted to the Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot.4

Citations

  1. [S488] Index - Queensland BDMs (online and fiche), at https://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth Reg. No. 1875/M884 (M indicate a Marine birth).
  2. [S541] National Archives of Britain, at https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk, Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages at Sea, Class BT 158, Piece 4, ship Renfrewshire; also Registers of Births at Sea of British Nationals, Class BT 160, Piece 1, ship Renfrewshire.
  3. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Register of Immigrant Ships' Arrivals 1848-1912, Item ID 18477, Series ID 13086, Digital Image ID 39246.
  4. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Admission register to Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot, Item ID 268111, Dept Nos. 1 - 3858, 1859 - 2172 (1865-1908), Series ID 6866, pages 33 and 39.

Lucy Collins1

(1871 - b 1875)
Father*Henry Collins1 b. c 1833, d. bt 1881 - 1884
Mother*Margaret Stevenson1 b. c 1847, d. 1876
Lucy Collins was born at Drummillar in Banbridge, Co. Down, on 11 March 1871.1

Lucy died before 1875.

Citations

  1. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1871/32/1006/10/211, Banbridge.

Maud Collins1

(1894 - )
Mother*Bessy Collins1 b. c 1871, d. 1947
Maud Collins was born on 16 July 1894 in Brisbane, Queensland.1

As of 1896, Maud Collins was also known as Maud Collins Watts after her mother's marriage to Albert WATTS.

Citations

  1. [S929] BDM QLD Registry, birth record, Reg. No. 1894/B54963, mother's name Elizabeth, no father listed.

Richard (aka Frederick) Collins1,2

(1873 - )
Father*Henry Collins2 b. c 1833, d. bt 1881 - 1884
Mother*Margaret Stevenson2 b. c 1847, d. 1876
Richard (aka Frederick) Collins was born at Drummillar in Banbridge, Co. Down, on 1 March 1873.1,2

Sarah Jane Collins, Henry James Collins, Samuel Albert Collins, William Alfred Collins, Bessy Collins, Richard (aka Frederick) Collins and Lucy Collins arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, on 20 September 1875 on board the 'Renfrewshire' in the company of Henry Collins and Margaret Stevenson.1

On 3 May 1876, just 10 days after their mother's death, all the COLLINS childern (namely Sarah, Bessy, Henry, Samuel, William and Richard ), but excluding baby Lucy, were admitted to the Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot.3

The records show that he was 'hired out' in Feb 1885, but remained at the orphanage until his eventual discharge on 3 June 1885 into the care of 'his sister', presumably being Sarah Jane, as she would now have turned 21.3

Citations

  1. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Register of Immigrant Ships' Arrivals 1848-1912, Item ID 18477, Series ID 13086, Digital Image ID 39246.
  2. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1873/32/1006/12/332, Banbridge.
  3. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Admission register to Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot, Item ID 268111, Dept Nos. 1 - 3858, 1859 - 2172 (1865-1908), Series ID 6866, pages 33 and 39.

Samuel Albert Collins1

(1867 - )
Father*Henry Collins1 b. c 1833, d. bt 1881 - 1884
Mother*Margaret Stevenson1 b. c 1847, d. 1876
Samuel Albert Collins was born at Drummillar in Banbridge, Co. Down, on 6 August 1867.1

Sarah Jane Collins, Henry James Collins, Samuel Albert Collins, William Alfred Collins, Bessy Collins, Richard (aka Frederick) Collins and Lucy Collins arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, on 20 September 1875 on board the 'Renfrewshire' in the company of their parents Henry Collins and Margaret Stevenson.2

On 3 May 1876, just 10 days after their mother's death, all the COLLINS childern (namely Sarah, Bessy, Henry, Samuel, William and Richard ), but excluding baby Lucy, were admitted to the Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot.3

Orphanage records state he was then 'sent to the hulk' but this means the Moreton Bay Reformatory School, whose records state he arrived on 1 July 1881,having been sentenced on 22 Jun for 5 years for 'neglect'. This term would have expired on 21 Jun 1886, when he would have been 18.3,4

Citations

  1. [S764] Index - Belfast, Ireland GRONI. Quarterly Returns in Ireland, Irish Civil BMD index 1845-1958, Birth Reg. No. U/1867/32/1006/5/421, Banbridge.
  2. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Register of Immigrant Ships' Arrivals 1848-1912, Item ID 18477, Series ID 13086, Digital Image ID 39246.
  3. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Admission register to Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot, Item ID 268111, Dept Nos. 1 - 3858, 1859 - 2172 (1865-1908), Series ID 6866, pages 33 and 39.
  4. [S1222] Regional Archives - Queensland Government Archives, Admission register - Prosperpine Hulk and Reformatory School for Boys, Item ID 532416, Dept Nos. 1-1404, Series ID 986, page 8, no 184.