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One of the stories from the NQR:
" Janet Blanche Gerard born 1831?, died 1922. Janet Blanche Gerard born Newcastle on Tyne England, daughter of John Gerard and Betty (Leuring). On the 21st July 1852, the "Flora" a sailing ship sailed from Liverpool under Master Charles Cobb. The ship arrived at Point Henry on the 2nd October 1852. Amongst those who waded ashore was one Janet Gerard, nursemaid, from Edinburgh, Scotland, literate, Presbyterian, age 21. Janet first worked in a kitchen, then she was placed in a shop as a salesgirl. Janet's first marriage was to a George Bligh, three children came from this union, one at least being a daughter called Janet. Apparently on being confronted with his 1st wife, Janet left the children in the care of her..."
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