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The Convict's Girl and the Canton Man

Margaret Hutt (1852-1931)

In 1869 Margaret Hutt, daughter of John and Martha (nee Hodgson), married a farmer, William Henry Ogg. The marriage produced thirteen children, including Christina (b.1877).

Those who knew Margaret regarded her as a most prim and proper lady. Between times and the demands of her own large family, she worked as a midwife at Battery Point in Hobart. By 1894 Margaret had left her husband to live with another man, Thomas Bates of Macquarie Street Hobart. She changed her surname to Bates, but it was twenty years before the couple married.

Like Margaret, Thomas’ parents had been transported convicts. He was the son of Bridget Kane (per Sir William Dare) transported for stealing a cow, and Joseph Bates (per Andromeda) transported for Life for ‘stealing a bottle of gin, peppermint and brandy’.

Margaret Bates (nee Hutt) sitting with one of her daughters, Ruth Olive Linda Briscoe (nee Bates), and a grandson.
Margaret Bates (nee Hutt) sitting with one of her daughters, Ruth Olive Linda Briscoe (nee Bates), and a grandson.

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