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Janet Bruce (VDL 1828)/William Norton (VDL 1827)

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Janet Bruce (VDL 1828)/William Norton (VDL 1827)

Posted: 1109030383000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1122008191000
Surnames: gough bruce litchfield latchford watmore goodwin barr
I would be grateful for any information anyone might have on the fate of either of these convicts. She was born in Glasgow in 1811, he in London about 1804.

They married in Hobart in 1834, and had two children Ann Amelia (1835) and Agnes Amelia (1837), both of whom died in infancy.

After that there is no record of them in Tasmania. Shipping records suggest he might have left for Melbourne in 1839. A William Norton, described as a bachelor and laborer (like the transported William Norton) married a Bridget Duggan in Melbourne in 1841. They had a daughter, Sarah Victoria in 1842.

A William Norton of about the right age for William Norton the convict died in Melbourne in 1852. He appears to have been separated from his family, his death having been accelerated by 'starvation and want'.

Janet Bruce also called herself Jane Bruce and I wonder if she became the Sarah Jane Bruce who married John Gough in Melbourne in 1845 (the origins of this Sarah Jane Bruce are a mystery). Sarah Bruce first appears in Melbourne as the witness to a St James Melbourne marriage in 1841, between John Bagnall and Eliza Beley. Bagnall appears to have been a former NSW convict, as was the other witness, Daniel Low.

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