My mother’s side of the family (the Sinnetts) produced five generations of children who spent time in orphanages and other types of children’s institutions.

My research has so far found more than 30 children who descended from the first incarcerated Sinnett. Edward was aged 11 in 1865 when his stepfather declared he was a “neglected child” and had him locked up in Industrial Schools and, when he escaped, Reformatories. These included hulks, the Sir Harry Smith and the Nelson.


The Nelson before she was de-masted and moored off Williamstown.

The following pages illustrate aspects of the Sinnett/Golding family.