Emma MAXTED
Name Variations MAGSTED, MAGSTEAD, MACSTEAD, MACKSTEAD, MCSTEAD, MAXTERD
Father Charles MAXTED b.c. 1828 m. 18511 d. 18782
Mother Bridget GUYDER b.c. 1828 m. 1851 d. 18833
Sister Sarah MACKSTEAD b. 18524 m. d. aft. 18715
Sister Margaret Martha6 MAXTED7 b. 18538 m. 18719 James BUNDY d. 189910
Sister Eliza MAXTED b. 185711 m. none - d. 185812
Inmate Emma MACSTEAD b. 185913 m. none (see below) d. 188114
Brother Frederick MAXTED b. 186115 m. d.
Brother Charles MAXTED b. 186416 m. d. 191817
Brother John MAXTED b. 186618 m. d. 189019
Description
Relationship Name Age Height Hair Eyes Complexion Build Distinguishing features
Father Charles20 33 5' 1½" auburn blue
Brother Charles21 29 5' 5½" brown grey fair medium

Emma MAGSTED or MAGSTEAD was reported to be ten when she was brought before the Bench on 27 October 1869, by constable TOOMEY, who deposed that between eleven and twelve o'clock the previous night he had arrested her on warrant at her father's residence, Five Dock,22 charged with wandering about in no ostensible lawful occupation.23 TOOMEY deposed that he had known her for five or six years and has seen her in company with her sister, who he believed was a prostitute.24 Emma’s parents were reported to be drunkards and her father's house was described as a resort of vagrants and thieves. Bridget, Emma’s mother stated that Emma had been sleeping at home and behaving better lately. She stated that she was told last Friday that Emma was diseased, but had not examined her. Bridget was reprimanded by the bench for her gross neglect of her daughter. Emma was sent to Newcastle with the recommendation that her father pay for her maintenance at the school.

The records for the period of time of Emma’s admission to Newcastle are missing from the Entrance Book so no information about her family, education or religion can be confirmed from this source. Emma transferred to Biloela and this record indicated that she was admitted at the age of eight and was nine at the time of the transfer. It also indicated that she was a Catholic.25 Emma was recorded as 'In the Institution' in LUCAS's April list.26

There has been no information yet located concerning any apprenticeship and no letters with Emma's name appear in the CSIL. She would have been eligible for apprenticeship from 1871 and was almost certainly apprenticed by LUCAS from Biloela. LUCAS was criticised for his poor documentation when he left as superintendent and Emma is one inmate for whom not details have been identified. Emma died in Goulburn in 1881 at the age of twenty and it is thought that she may have been apprenticed there but no details seems to remain. Her death was registered as Emma MAXTERD and no parents were recorded on her death registration,27 further suggesting that she had been a servant.

Family

Emma was the daughter of Charles MAXTED and Bridget (X) GUYDER who were married by banns by Charles PRIDDLE at St James, Sydney, on 21 April 1851. The witnesses were Charles FROSS [?] of Castlereagh Street and Mary (X) GUYDER of York Street. Mary was Bridget's sister and had arrived on the same voyage. The family surname was variously recorded but most often appears as MAXTED. The family was living in Castlereagh Street in September 1853 when Margaret was born but eventually they moved to Concord. The family was under stress because in 1875, Charles and Bridget appeared in court charged with stealing oysters from their natural bed in the Parramatta River.28

Charles MAXTED was admitted to Darlinghurst gaol in 1861. On his release he was recorded as having been born in London in about 1828 and was able to read and write. Immigration records indicated that he had arrived on the James Gibbs in 1849. His brother, Thomas Frederick MAXTED,29 probably arrived30 in 1854 aboard the Winifred.31 The indent for the James Gibbs indicated that Charles arrived alone at the age of 20. His parents were identified as Charles and Sarah and his father was living in London. He was a gardener who had been born in Wandsworth, Surrey. Charles was a Protestant.32 Charles was drowned in a boating accident at Botany on 23 February 1878.33 His death registration confirmed that his father was also named Charles.

Bridget and Mary GWYDER had arrived aboard the Lady Peel in July 1849. Bridget was a house servant from Tipperary. She had arrived on the same ship as the mother of Anna Maria GREENFIELD and possibly also the mother of Mary Ann PARKER.34 Bridget was almost certainly recorded as Margaret at the time of the baptism of her daughter, Margaret, on 25 September 1853.35 No parents were recorded at the time of Bridget’s death on 15 October 1883, but the Lady Peel indent indicated that her parents were Darby and Peggy who were both dead by the time she arrived in NSW. An inquest ruled that Bridget had died of suffocation after a night drinking in a tent with her daughter, Margaret,36 and son-in-law, James BUNDY, at Kenny Hill,37 which was probably the location near Narellan in the Camden area.

Emma’s brothers, Frederick, Charles and John Edward MAXTED were admitted to the Sydney Benevolent Asylum on 26 October 1870, about a year after Emma's admission to Newcastle. Frederick and Charles were discharged on 23 May 1871, to the Randwick Asylum but John remained in the Benevolent Asylum until 15 September 1874, when he too was sent to the Randwick Asylum. Their father was described as in the infirmary and their mother was described as a drunkard. Frederick was apprenticed to Nattai in 1876. John was apprenticed to Mulgrave in 1883. Charles was apprenticed to the Richmond River in 187738 but appeared in court towards the end of the 1800s charged with being of unsound mind.

Updated June 2015

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