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MELINDA AND THE HILLS

NOTE: THESIS MATERIAL IN THIS SITE IS TO BE TREATED AS AT DRAFT LEVEL ONLY.
We now have contact with three direct McNally descendants which I was beginning to despair of. Meg has sent details of a letter written by our Rev Richard Hill. He was writing to the Colonial Secretary of the time – Mr Mcleay. 11 January 1827. The details are with State Records and abstracted from that are these few snippets. (We know Patrick was in trouble with the law in 1822 app over the pig stealing and fence erection out at Castlereagh). In this letter of 1827, Patrick had been ordered to Prisoners’ Barracks for not attending Sunday Muster. (There are some good references to the relevance of Sunday Musters on the Net). Rev Hill had written a petition on behalf of Judith for Patrick to be returned to his family. On the 11th January 1827, Rev Hill, amongst other details, states to the Superintendent of Convicts that he has “has always considered her ( Judith) a very striving and deserving woman.”
He also speaks of knowing her for several years and that his wife Mrs Hill was bringing up one of the McNally girls. (It is Melinda also known as Matilda who is recorded as resident with the Hills in musters and censuses of the 1820s.)
This is another solid addition to the profiles we are building up.
Acknowledged with Thanks.
Why was it Melinda who was being ‘ brought up by’ the Hills?
She is the only child within the age range of the Female Orphan School on whose board both Hills held senior positions. Did she have a particular gift or liability?

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