Apprenticeship indenture between Samuel Marsden, John Palmer, John Harris, Thomas Bowden of the Male Orphan Institution and Charles Gregory, an orphan.

Apprenticeship indenture…
Apprenticeship indenture between Samuel Marsden, John Palmer, John Harris, Thomas Bowden of the Male Orphan Institution and Charles Gregory, an orphan.

Sydney: 2 May 1823.

Folio, one leaf; printed form completed in manuscript on paper.

The art and mystery of a Tailor

An indenture assigning the orphan Charles Gregory to the care of Thomas Bowden as apprentice. The nature of the apprenticeship was specified as "the art and mystery of a Tailor". Thomas Bowden (1778-1834), named here as Master of the Male Orphan Institution, was invited to go to New South Wales by Samuel Marsden. His salary of £100, made him the highest paid teacher in the colony when he arrived in January 1812. He was noted for his religious and philanthropic zeal, being a founder of the Benevolent Society.

An indenture assigning the orphan Charles Gregory to the care of Thomas Bowden as apprentice. The nature of the apprenticeship was specified as "the art and mystery of a Tailor". Thomas Bowden (1778-1834), named here as Master of the Male Orphan Institution, was invited to go to New South Wales by Samuel Marsden. His salary of £100, made him the highest paid teacher in the colony when he arrived in January 1812. He was noted for his religious and philanthropic zeal, being a founder of the Benevolent Society.

The Male Orphan Institution was established in the buildings vacated when the Female Orphan School moved to Parramatta. Bowden drew up the rules and was appointed master. Initially his school was a great success. particularly the apprenticeship system for older boys. However in 1821 all government schools were reorganised on the Anglican system, and Bowden was compelled to comply. When the school was moved to Cabramatta in 1824, Bowden lost all interest and drowned his sorrows in alcohol. He was dismissed in 1825.

Charles Gregory (1807-1866) arrived in Sydney with his convict mother, Henrietta,and three siblings in 1814. Their father Edward left Sydney in 1816 and on the death of their mother in 1819, the three boys were sent to the Male Orphan Institution. In October 1823 each Gregory boy received £15 from the sale of their parent's assets, which they would receive when they turned twenty one and their indenture was completed.

In 1828 Charles was married and living in Castlereagh St, Sydney where he employed several tailors. Eventually the family moved to Queensland, where he died in 1866. His younger brother, Edward became a bootmaker and the father of the cricketer Dave Gregory who was captain for the first three recognised Test matches between Australia and England (1877-79).

Price (AUD): $3,350.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504541

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