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He had trouble staying out of trouble

Henry Francis Quamby (1863-1941)

Henry Francis was the first Quamby born a free man in Tasmania. But his parents, Mary Ann Taylor and Ephraim Quamby, were unmarried so Henry was deemed illegitimate. At six he was sent to the Queens Orphan School, where he remained for eight years.
At 26 he married a servant, Agnes Sullivan. They already had two sons, Henry and John. Shortly after marrying, they moved to the booming mining town of Zeehan. They had another son Cyril, and a daughter Elsie, but tragically Elsie died at three months. Then alcohol entered their lives and the marriage broke down.
Henry was left with the three boys. He tried to have his sons admitted to the Boys' Training School but his request was rejected. Sadly, all fell foul of the law, and were taken into care.

A stereoscopic photo of St. John the Baptist’s Church in West Hobart, where Henry Quamby and Agnes Sullivan were married in 1889.
A stereoscopic photo of St. John the Baptist’s Church in West Hobart, where Henry Quamby and Agnes Sullivan were married in 1889.

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