Captain Frank Adams
Adams, born in 1809 in Ansty, Warwickshire, England, son
of Henry Cadwallader Adams and Emma Curtis. Arrived in 1836 on
the Rattlesnake. Stationed in Maitland 1838 and 1839. Died 19
September 1869. More about Frank Adams
on 1 November 1780 in County Clare, Ireland, the second son of
John and Harriett Allman. Arrived in Australian with the 48th
regiment on the
Minerva in 1818. Hunter Valley settler
Captain Phillip Nicol Anley
||Born 30th October 1795 in Maitland St.
Clements Jersey to Peter Bonamy Anley & Mary Nicolle. Married
Harriet Allez of Guernsey in July 1821. Arrived in Hobart on the
convict ship 'John' on 28th January 1831. Magistrate at Maitland
in 1831. Relative of
Captain John Armstrong
||Appointed Ensign 29 October 1812;
Lieut. 19 April 1814. Promoted to Captain in 1842. Magistrate
and Assistant Engineer at Newcastle
||57th regt (West
Appointed Ensign 14 February 1811. Lieut. 29 April 1813, Captain
22 June 1826. Arrived in the colony on the
in 1828. Appointed Major 12 April 1831 and Lt. colonel 28 November 1854.
Served in the Peninsula from Nov. 1811 to the end of the war,
including the battles of Vittoria, the Pyrenees, 25th 28th 30th
and 31st July; Nivelle, Nive, 9th 11th and 13th Dec 1813;
besides many other minor actions and skirmishes. Severely
wounded through the left side in action at Coucher 18 March
1814. Served subsequently in the American war.
Died at Rockingham House. St. Helier,
Jersey May 1863. Buried at Mont l'Abbaye Cemetery, St. Helier,
Jersey, Channel Islands (2)
||George Barney, soldier and
engineer, was born on 19 May 1792 at Wolverhampton, England, the
son of Joseph Barney, drawing master at the Royal Military
Academy, Woolwich, and Jane, née Chandler. -
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Lieut-Col Robert Baumgartner
||Appointed Ensign 27 September 1833;
Lieut 30 June 1837; Captain 23 April 1841 Major 23 September
1851; Lt. col 12 December 1854. Colonel 6 April 1860. Colonel
Baumgartner served the Eastern campaign of 1854-55 with the 28th
regt., including the battles Alma and Inkerman, siege of
Sebastopol and affair on the 18th June in the Cemetery;
(succeeded to the command of the regt); was wounded in the
trenches 17th August 1855 (Medal and Clasps C.B., Sardinian and
Turkish Medals ). Assistant Engineer and superintendent of the
iron gang at Harper's Hill in 1839. Departed the colony with his
regiment for Bombay on the Kelso in June 1842.
||Arrived on the
in 1830. Magistrate and Lieutenant in the Mounted Police at
Maitland in 1830. Resigned from Mounted Police in 1833
||Thomas Valentine Blomfield was born at
Dagworth, Suffolk in 1793. He fought in the Peninsular Wars. He
arrived in Sydney with the 48th Regiment on the Dick in 1817.
Acting Engineer at Newcastle in 1822. He retired as a Lieutenant
in 1823 and then settled at Dagworth estate on the Hunter River.
In 1820 he married Christiana Jane Brooks daughter of Richard
Brooks. He died in 1857.
||John Edward Newell Bull was born on 11
October 1806 at Athlone, Ireland, the second son of
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Bull, C.B., K.H. and his wife Harriet,
née Newell. He arrived in VDL with his wife and family in
command of the guard of the convict ship Kinneer in October 1842
and arrived in Sydney by November. He was superintendent
of road gangs on the Western Road before taking up a civil
appointment at Newcastle in 1849 as Superintendent of the
breakwater at Newcastle.
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||Appointed Lieut 19 December 1822.
Died at his residence at Hexham September 1854 age 60. Buried at
Tarro cemetery. Wife Henrietta Thomasina died in 1889
Lieutenant Pieter Laurenz Campbell
Campbell, son of Ronald and Charlotte Campbell.
Arrived as a passenger on the
Castle in 1833. Police
Magistrate at Maitland.
He married Barbara Isabella, daughter of Alexander McLeay, on 10
September 1834. He was
presented with a flattering address and a piece of plate when he
left in 1836 to take up duty as police magistrate at Parramatta;
in 1837 he also became visiting magistrate at the
Female Factory. He was a
shareholder and director of the Bank of Australia, and an early
member of the Australian Club, Sydney. Died in London 4th
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|Lieutenant James Chambre
||James Chabre joined the army 1829. Appointed to
96th regiment 28 December 1838. Arrived on the
in 1839. Took part in the pursuit of the
Jewboy gang in 1839.
Adjutant and Quarter Master of the Mounted Police in 1840.
Married Eliza Foster in 1841. Returned from Norfolk Island on
the Governor Philip in July 1842. Departed for Bombay on the Candahar in October 1842
||80th regt. Mounted Police
||Samuel Tolfrey Christie,
son of Dr. Thomas and Mary Isabella
Christie (nee Tolfrey). Brother of William Harvie Christie who
arrived on the
Captain Cook in 1836.
Samuel Tolfrey Christie was appointed Ensign 22 January 1836 and Lieutenant 13 July 1838.
He arrived on the
Bengal Merchant in 1836.
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||Gilbert Champain, born 1802 in Marylebone, London, son
of John and Margery Champain. Appointed Lieutenant 27 April
1827. Married Harriett Pennington in 1835. Twin brother of
Mackenzie Champain. Died at East Maitland in 1880 age 78. Buried
Campbell Hill burial ground. More about the Champain family at
Lieut. Edward C.
Edward Charles Close
was born on 12 March 1790 at Ramgamati in Bengal
son of Edward and Marianne Collinson Close.
He served in the 48th regiment and arrived in Australia on the
Matilda in 1817. He was employed as engineer of public works at
Newcastle and later resided on his grant at Morpeth.
Geddes Mackenzie Cobban
||George Cobban was appointed to the Mounted
Police in January 1836. He was appointed Lieutenant in 1838. Served in
the Mounted Police with Major James Nunn. Took part in reprisal
against an aboriginal tribe that became known as the 'Waterloo
Creek Massacre' or Slaughterhouse Creek Massacre' Appointed Captain in
1843. Killed at Punniar in 1844
||William Sacherverell Coke
was born in August 1805. Married Sarah
Gift/Deane. Appointed Ensign January 1824. Appointed Lieutenant
in July 1825. Arrived in command of the Guard on the convict
Regalia in 1826. Died in March 1896 in Derbyshire
||In command at the penal settlement at
Newcastle temporarily in the absence of Lieut. Menzies in 1804
||William Croker was appointed Ensign 27 March 1803; Lieut
2 June 1804; Captain 20 November 1806; Brevet Major 12 August
1819; Regtl Major 16 June 1825; Lt. Col. 1 April 1836. Served in
the East Indies from 1804 to 1824 including the siege of
Gurnowri 1807; Arrived in VDL on the Red Rover in 1831.
James Henry Crummer
||James Henry Crummer was born on 31 October 1792 at Athlone, Ireland, the
son of Samuel Crummer, of Birr. He married Katrina Plessos
in February 1827. He was Magistrate at Newcastle in the
years 1837 - 1849 followed by nine years at Maitland where he
was Magistrate and Superintendent of the Immigrant depot until
1858. James Henry Crummer died at Port Macquarie in 1867
Lieut. George E.
||George Elde Darby
attended Sandhurst Military College.
He was appointed Captain 14 March 1811. Arrived in the colony with wife
and family on the Abberton in August 1839
||Henry James Day was appointed Ensign 10 February 1825;
appointed Lieut. 11 June 1829. Arrived in VDL in command of the
Guard on the convict ship Candahar in August 1842. Appointed magistrate and
assistant engineer and superintendent of ironed gangs in room of
Lieut. Scheberras November 1842
John William Donelan
||John William Donelan was
appointed Ensign April 1817. Arrived
in the colony in command of the Guard on the convict ship
in 1825. At Norfolk Island in 1826. Recalled from duties at Port
Stephens in February 1831. Replaced at Port Stephens by Captain
Moffatt. Embarked on the Resource bound for
India in March 1831. Appointed Captain in 1831. Shot dead
on the Parade Ground in Fort St. George Madras in 1834
||Cadwallader Draffen was
the fourth son of Rev. Frederick Draffen.
He arrived on the
Coromandel in 1804. Commandant at Newcastle briefly in 1805.
Appointed Lieutenant in 1806. Placed on half pay in 1815.
||Henry Dumaresq, son of Colonel John Dumaresq of Bushel
Hall, Shropshire, England, and his wife Anne, née Jones.
Attended the Royal Military College, Great Marlow, and served
during the Peninsular war and in Canada. Served with the 9th
Regiment (lieutenant-colonel, 1818) and was severely wounded at
||William John Dumaresq son of Colonel
John Dumaresq of Bushel Hall, Shropshire, England, and his wife
Anne, née Jones. Attended Royal Military College, Great Marlow,
and served during the Peninsular war and in Canada, where he
was, a captain in the Royal Staff Corps, and was engaged in the
construction of the Ottawa canal. (Australian
Dictionary of Biography)
|Lieut. Thomas Evernden
||3rd Regt., (Buffs)
arrived in the colony as a member of
the Guard on the convict ship
in 1823. In 1825 Commander of the horse patrol recently
established in Sydney. Embarking on the vessel Amity for
Newcastle with 30 soldiers to quell bushranging in the district.
Their uniform was the same as the Governor's Body Guard
Faunce, eldest son of Major-General Alured
Dodsworth Faunce of Clifton, near Bristol, England, and his wife
Anna Maria, née Goddard. At 16 Faunce entered the army as an
ensign in the 4th Regiment, in which his father and grandfather
had served. Accompanied by his brother, Lieutenant Thomas Faunce,
he arrived in Sydney with the headquarters of the regiment in
in August 1832. He retired from the army on 1 October 1836 to
become the police magistrate at Brisbane Water. Died 1856(Australian
Dictionary of Biography)
||Simon Fraser, born in Scotland in 1791 and
entered the army on 7 March 1810, enlisting with the 80th
Appointed Ensign 7 March 1810; Lieutenant 17 July 1811.
Accompanied by his wife and 10 children, Lieut. Fraser arrived
in VDL in August 1839 on the convict ship Marquis of Hastings.
He was appointed Magistrate in 1840;
here to read about an outbreak of convicts while Lieut.
Fraser was superintendent of the No. 3 stockade at Newcastle in
Captain Richard Tasker Furlong
||Richard Tasker Furlong
was appointed Ensign in 20th regiment in
1823. Appointed Captain in the 80th regiment 22 April 1836.
Arrived in the colony with wife and four children in command of
the Guard on the convict ship
in 1837. Engineer and Superintendent at No. 3 Stockade,
Newcastle in 1839. Police Magistrate at Mudgee in 1841. In
Newcastle in 1847. Died at Louisa Creek, Mudgee 30 March 1852
Hindley Herbert Gall
||Isaac Hindley Herbert
Gall was born in 1817, son of Lieut-Col George
Herber Gall and Ann Wilkinson. Arrived on the Eden in 1842 and
in Sydney from Hobart in July 1842. Commander of the Mounted Police at
Jerry's Plains in 1847. Married Emma King at Morpeth in 1847.
Appointed Captain 29 August 1849. Stationed at Berrima, Norfolk
Island, Parramatta, Hobart and Launceston. He died en route to
Sydney in 1854
||Thomas Gibson joined the 4th regiment 14 February
1832. Arrived in the colony in command of the Guard on the
in October 1832. In Command of a detachment of the 4th Regiment
Governor Bourke visited Newcastle in 1833.
Royal Regiment Museum Lancaster
Plan of Barracks and Accommodation at Secunderabad, India,
Captain Henry Gillman
||Henry Gillman married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of
John Winter in 1815 in Patney, England. Arrived in VDL in
command of the Guard on the convict ship Arab in 1822.
Commandant at Newcastle in 1823.
his hurried return to the settlement when Governor Brisbane made
an impromptu visit in 1824. He
was appointed Commandant at Port Macquarie in
1824. Resigned due to ill health in 1826. Departed the colony on
the ship Australia in June 1827. Appointed Lieut-Col in the 69th
regt in October 1830.
|Captain Richard Heaviside
arrived in command of the Guard on the
in February 1825. On duty at Newcastle in October 1825. Departed
the colony in May 1826
|Emanuel Hungerford was born 1 February 1785 in County Cork,
Ireland. Lieutenant in the 32nd Foot Regt and Captain of
the South Cork Militia, retired due to ill health and with his
family immigrated in 1828 aboard the Alexander Henry.
He purchased 1920 acres at Wallis Plains and in 1833 was granted
approximately 2500 acres on Baerami Creek. Married to Catherine
Loane. Four more children born after arrival in Australia.
Died: 8 August 1872 at Maitland
Innes was born at Thrumster, Scotland in 1800,
the son of Major James Innes, a distinguished soldier.
Commissioned an ensign in the 3rd Regiment on 23 September 1813
and served in the Peninsular war. Arrived in Sydney as captain
of the guard in the convict ship
in 1822. From January 1824 to May 1825 served in VDL. In
December 1825 he was appointed aide-de-camp to the
lieutenant-governor of New South Wales and became a magistrate
in November 1826. Appointed commandant of the penal settlement
at Port Macquarie in December 1826 in succession to Captain
Henry Gilman. Returned to Sydney and in 1828 resigned his
commission and was appointed superintendent of police and
magistrate at Parramatta. Appointed assistant gold commissioner
and magistrate at Nundle and later police magistrate at
Newcastle, where he died on 29 August 1857. (Australian
Dictionary of Biography)
was born at Annandale, Scotland, in 1797.
Appointed Ensign in the 48th Regiment in 1810. In 1812 he was promoted to the rank of
Lieutenant in the same corps. During the whole of the
Peninsular war he remained attached to the gallant 48th.
He was one of the fortunate few of those who survived the
bloody field of Albuera. Major Johnstone fought at the
following general engagements :-Albuera, Salamanca,
Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthes, and Toulouse ; and
also present at the sieges of Cuidad Rodrigo and Badajos.
He was severely wounded at the battles of Salamanca and the
Pyrenees. In 1818 he joined the 58th Regiment, but was
transferred into the 50th, then stationed in Jamaica, where he
served for seven years. About 1825 he received the rank of
Major, and came to the Colony with the 50th. (Sydney Herald)
He arrived in Sydney on the
Laing in 1834 and in 1836 was appointed as a Police
Magistrate at Paterson. He named his residence Annandale (Find
out more about Annandale at Paterson River History)
was born in Lancashire. Brother of James
Riley Kenworthy. Appointed Ensign in 2nd Royal Lancashire
Militia in 1812. Appointed to the 48th regt in 1813. Appointed
Lieutenant in 48th regt in 1818. Performed Christenings and
Burials at Newcastle for military and convicts between 26th
December 1818 and 24 June 1820. Appointed Naval Officer and
Inspector of Public Works at Port Dalrymple in December 1820.
St. John's Church Launceston built under his superintendence.
Returned to England on the Arab in 1841.
Major Edward Last
was appointed ensign 13th October
1814; Appointed Lieutenant 20 November 1824; Appointed Captain
22 May 1829; Appointed Major 18 October 1839.
assistant engineer at Newcastle Stockade in July 1844. Given a
farewell in Newcastle in 1846 on his departure for New Zealand
to participate in the Maori wars
Obituary in 1870 - The Death
is announced of Major-General Edward Last, a New Zealand
veteran, and formerly Lieut-Col of the 21st Foot (North British
Fusiliers) During the outbreak in New Zealand in 1846, Major
Last commanded the Southern district and was present at the
engagement at Bulcott's Farm, valley of the Hutt, in May 1846;
he commanded at the capture of the rebel leader, To Rauparaha,
and other influential chiefs, and the disarming of their
followers in July of the same year, and also at the affair of
the Horokiwi, on August 6, when the rebels were routed and
ultimately dispersed. General Last was appointed to the 21st
Foot in 1857 but retired soon afterwards on full pay .
Allotment in Church Street Newcastle - substantial house the
property of Lieut-Col Last, 99th regiment. This property is
placed on the rise of the hill. Corner of Church street,
opposite the parsonage.
William Lawson was born on 2 June 1774 at Finchley,
Middlesex, England, the son of Scottish parents who had lived at
Kirkpatrick. Educated in London, he was trained as a surveyor,
but in June 1799 he bought a commission in the New South Wales
Corps for £300. As an ensign he arrived at Sydney in November
1800 in the
Royal Admiral and was soon posted to the garrison at Norfolk
Island, where he married Sarah Leadbeater. He returned to Sydney
in 1806, was promoted lieutenant and served for a time as
commandant at Newcastle, a position he again occupied in 1809.
1813 he joined Blaxland and Wentworth in the first successful
crossing of the Blue Mountains
Died in 1850. (Find
out more in the
Australian Dictionary of Biography)
Major Samuel Lettsom
||Samuel Lettsom was born in 1807, son of Samuel Fothergill Lettsom. Appointed Ensign 6 March 1827; Lieut.
2 April 1829; Captain 4 October 1833; Arrived
in the colony in Command of the Guard on the convict ship
in February 1839 .
In 1839 Appointed Assistance
Engineer and Superintendent of iron gang at Maitland.
Appointed Major in January 1840. In the Mounted Police at
Melbourne in 1840. Died aged 43 in 1851
|Nathaniel Lowe arrived in the colony in command of
the Guard on the convict ship
in 1823. Arrived with a detachment of the Mounted Police at
Wallis Plains in February 1826. In 1827 after a controversial
court case, found not guilty of the murder of aborigine Jackey
Jackey. Married Elizabeth Abbott at Launceston in 1828. Died in
Canada in 1875
||Henry Williamson Lugard
was born in Chelsea in 1813. Son of
Captain John Lugard and Jane Llewellyn. Brother of Edward
Lugard. Entered the Royal Engineers in May 1832. Appointed First
Lieut 6 December 1835. Arrived in NSW as a passenger on the
Hive in 1835. Moved to Newcastle in October 1836 to
supervise the new Military Barracks being built by Hudson and
Richardson. In March 1838 left Newcastle for Norfolk Island to
superintend public works on the Island. Military survey of NZ in
1840. Married Mary Anna, daughter of John McHenry at Parramatta
in 1842. Departed for London on the Kelso in 1844. Appointed
Captain 20 December 1844. Died in China in 1857. Memorial reads
'In memory of Lt. Colonel Henry W. Lugard R.E., Commanding
Royal Engineers in the China Expedition. Died at Hong Kong 1
December 1857 aged 44 years. This stone is erected by his
brother officers, serving with him at the time of his death.'
was born 1794 at Inverness. Married
Catherine Gunn at Ceylon in 1827. Formerly 78th regt. Exchanged
to the 99th regt in 1841. With Wife and family to Sydney from
Hobart in August 1842. Appointed Captain in 1843. Superintendent
of iron gangs at Illawarra in 1842-1844. Superintendent of
Agricultural at Norfolk Island 1844-45. Arrived with wife and
family in Sydney from Norfolk Island in February 1845. Departed
with regiment in May 1845 for New Zealand. Wounded in the Maori
wars. Accompanied the governor on horseback to inspect the
stockade, gaol and Nobbys Island in 1847. Laid the foundation
stone of the Scots Church in Newcastle 1847. Departed Newcastle
in 1855. Died in New Zealand in 1859.
||Robert Gerald Moffatt was
born 1800 at Ballymahon, Co. Longford,
Ireland. Married Helen Church at Lisburn Cathedral, Ireland in
1828. Arrived in Command of the Guard on the convict
Nithsdale in 1830. Replaced Lieutenant Donelan in command of
the Military attachment stationed at Port Stephens in 1832.
Magistrate at Parramatta 1834 until 1843. Died at Canning Creek,
Darling Downs (120 miles from Ipswich) in March 1848 aged 47.
||James Thomas Morisset entered the army
as an ensign in the 80th Regiment in February 1798. He became a
lieutenant in November 1800, saw service in Egypt and India, and
in December 1805 purchased a captaincy in the 48th Regiment. He
fought in the Peninsular war and was wounded at Albuera. In 1817
he accompanied his regiment to New South Wales, and was promoted
major in August 1819. In 1818 he was appointed to relieve
Captain James Wallis as commandant at Newcastle (Australian
Dictionary of Biography)
Nunn was appointed Ensign 7 April 1804; Lieut.
6 May 1805;
Served in the Egyptian campaign of 1807;
Appointed Captain 13 December 1810;
present at the capture
of Genoa in 1814; Brevet Major 22 July 1830.
Arrived in command of the Guard on the convict ship
in July 1837. Late in 1837 Acting Governor Colonel Kenneth
Snodgrass ordered Major Nunn to lead a detachment against the
Kamilaroi tribe. In late Jan 1838 Major Nunn, leading an Ensign,
three sergeants and nineteen troopers down the Gwydir River,
came across a native tribe at what became known as Snodgrass
Lagoon on Waterloo Creek. After a Corporal attempted to arrest
an aboriginal native, in response to which he was speared in the
calf, a series of atrocities occurred which became known as 'The
Waterloo Creek Massacre' or 'Slaughterhouse Creek Massacre'.
James Nunn was appointed Lieut-Col in 1844. His last services
were with his regiment, the 80th Foot, during the Sutlej
campaign. The 80th Regiment marched from Lahore in December 1846
and arrived in the British Military base Meerut in January of
1847. James Nunn died in February 1847 at Meerut
||Lieut. Thomas Owen arrived as part of
the Guard on the convict ship
in 1823. He was Engineer of Public Works and Naval Officer at Newcastle
in 1824 when Governor Brisbane paid a visit to the township.
He was sent to join his
regiment at Port Macquarie in August 1825 and replaced Major Innes
in Command at Port Macquarie in 1827
Captain John Pike
John Pike first came to New South Wales with Colonel Lachlan Macquarie
and the 73rd regiment in
on the convict transport
which departed Cork 10 March 1809
||Lieutenant John Purcell was born in
1779. He married Harriet Newman. He served at Gibraltar with the
6th regt and then transferred to the 73rd regt. He arrived in
in 1810 and was appointed Commandant at Newcastle.
Select here to read
about some of his duties at Newcastle in 1810-11. When he
retired from the Army he was appointed Chief constable at
Captain James St.
||Captain James St. John
Ranclaud was an
officer of the Old Pompadours (56th) and after considerable
service in India, retired from the Army and came to NSW arriving
with his wife and five children on the Pyramus in 1829. He he
secured land in the locality of Teralba, the homestead was
originally called Trialba
Major James Reid
James Reid was born in Newry, Ireland in 1799, son
of Jane Moore and Samuel Reid.
With his wife Rosanna he arrived on the
Skelton in 1822.
applied for a land grant on arrival
stating that he was a Lieutenant on half pay. He was granted 2000 acres by Governor
Brisbane on 5th May 1823 which he named Rosebook. He was also granted
allotments of land in the township of Newcastle where he resided for
commanded a detachment of Mounted
Police at Wallis Plains in 1828 - 1829
William Russell engaged with the 20th regt. in Holland in 1799; in Egypt in
1801; Peninsular War in Maida, Vimiera, Corunna, Pyrenees, Nive,
Nevelle, Orthes and Toulouse. Awarded to gold medals and the
Peninsular medal. Commanded the 20th foot February to April
Arrived in the colony
with his wife and children on the Alfred 31st December 1837. He
died on 20th April 1853 aged 80 after a long illness and was
buried at Christchurch burial ground.....
Down by the
western dividing boundary there is a vault surrounded by an iron
railing and covered by a heavy stone upon which is written -
Major William Russell, H.M. 20th Regt., died April 20 1853. Aged
80. Also, Mary, wife of the above who died Jan. 10, 1859, aged
was appointed Ensign 16 March 1826;
Lieutenant 16 April 1833. Arrived in Command of the Guard on the
in 1837. Appointed Assistant Engineer and Superintendent of the
Stockade at Maitland in 1840. In command of the Stockade at
Harper's Hill in 1842. Married Jane, the daughter of
Laurio Platt in 1842. Left the district in November 1842.
Embarked with the 80th regiment on the Royal Saxon in 1844 with
wife and also Miss Platt. Died at the battle of Sutlej in 1846.
||Percy Simpson, surveyor, engineer and
administrator, was born in Canada in 1789, son of Major
Noah Simpson of the 31st Regiment of Foot. He was commissioned
in the 1st Garrison Battalion in 1809 and in 1812 became a
lieutenant in the Royal Corsican Rangers as well as
judge-advocate then governor of the Ionian Island of Paxos. In
1819 at Ballymascanlan, County Louth, Ireland, he married Hester
Elizabeth McNeill. The family migrated to New South Wales in the
in November 1822 with sufficient capital for a grant, cattle,
convict servants and six months rations. In June 1828 Simpson
was appointed an assistant surveyor of roads and bridges and a
magistrate, responsible for the construction of the Great North
Road through difficult terrain from Wisemans Ferry......»Australian
Dictionary of Biography
He was granted land near
Eraring in 1825.
||Thomas Britiffe Skottowe was born c.
1787 in France, the son of Lydia Pococke and Thomas Britiffe
Skottowe. He was appointed Commandant at
Newcastle Penal Settlement in 1811. While in Newcastle, in
the years 1811 - 1814, Thomas Skottowe organised the collection
and drawing of specimens for a manuscript. He was also was
responsible for their arrangement and wrote the accompanying
text. He departed the colony with 73rd regiment bound for Ceylon
in 1815. Before departing he was publicly congratulated by
Governor Macquarie for his activity, vigilance, integrity and
zealous attention to his duties while Commandant and Magistrate
at Newcastle. Died in 1820 in Northumberland, England
Lieut Edward Whitmore Scovell
||Lieut. Scovell arrived in VDL from
London with the 96th regt., on the Canton in January
1840. He was employed as a Magistrate at Muswellbrook Police
Office in 1841 and appointed Captain in 1843. He was Commandant
of the Mounted Police at Jerry's Plains in 1844. On leave from
his regiment in England in 1845.
Ferdinand Hamilton Smith
||Only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles
Hamilton Smith of Plymouth, an obsessive English natural history
illustrator who copied drawings from artists all over the world
and for whom C.F.H. Smith collected and described and painted
natural history items while in Australia. C.F.H. Smith
arrived in command of the Guard on the convict ship
Westmoreland in 1835 and was appointed Captain in 1838. He
married Elizabeth, the daughter of
William Harper of
Oswald, Hunter River in 1839 and died on 19th July 1862 at
Oswald, aged 53 years. Find out more about C.F.H. Smith at
||Kenneth Snodgrass was born in 1784 in
Paisley, Scotland, the son of a Presbyterian minister. He became
ensign in the 90th Regiment in 1802 and lieutenant in the 52nd
in August 1804. In 1806 he accompanied the regiment to Sicily
and two years later to Sweden. He was promoted captain on 20
October 1808 and from 1809 to 1814 fought in the Peninsular war,
entering the Portuguese army in which he was appointed a major
in November 1812. He commanded a corps of 400 grenadiers at the
battle of Vittoria. At the siege of San Sebastian he
distinguished himself. He was injured several times and received
decorations for his part in five major actions and was appointed
C.B. in 1815. On 21 June 1817 he was promoted
lieutenant-colonel; he remained in the Portuguese army until
1822. He arrived in the colony with his wife and family in 1828
on the George Canning. Two of his brothers-in-law had also
arrived in the colony as settlers - W. McLean and Benjamin
||Charles Steele was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1807.
Enlisted in the army in 1809. Arrived in VDL as a member of the
Guard on the David Lyon in September 1830.
Appointed to the Mounted Police at Bathurst in 1832 and at
Maitland in January 1833 on Lieut. Blackburn's resignation.
Succeeded by Lieut. Waddy in 1835. Granted title deeds to 980
acres of land in Co. of Gloucester NSW. Died in Port Macquarie
||Robert Stirling, brother of Governor James Stirling.
Arrived on the
in 1822. Accompanied John Oxley on his expedition to
Moreton Bay in
1823. In March 1824 appointed to act as Assistant Engineer in
room Lieut. Croker. Killed by pirates who boarded the
Admiral Benboe off Cape de Verde Islands 1829.
||Major Benjain Sullivan, brother-in-law of Kenneth Snodgrass.
Arrived on the Mary Hope in 1828. Appointed Police Magistrate at
Raymond Terrace in 1837 Estate Thalaba on the Williams
River. Married Isabella Barbara Ogilvie at Wollombi in 1847
appointed Captain in the 46th regiment
in September 1815. Appointed commandant of the Newcastle penal
settlement and also a magistrate of that settlement. In
March Lieut. Thompson and his detachment of the 46th regiment
were ordered to relieve the detachment of the 73rd at Newcastle
and embarked on the Endeavour of 58 tons owned by Isaac Nicholls
and commanded by Captain Theodore Walker. They reached Newcastle
on March 16th 1814 and as soon as Lieut. Thompson landed with
his detachment he assumed command of the settlement and Lieut. Skottowe with his detachment marched on board the Endeavour. The
event was observed with every possible mark of attention. There
was a display of bunting at the signal station and extra supply
of grog and rations, concluding with a little military display
and much cheering for the old and new commandants. Captain
Thomas Thompson joined his regiment on the Dick bound for Madras
A. Charles H.
was appointed Commandant at Newcastle
penal settlement in 1808. Granted 280 acres - Villiers Farm at
Orchard Hills in 1809
arrived in command of the Guard on the
Hive in 1834. Succeeded Lieut. Steele in the Mounted Police
at Maitland in 1835. In 1836 he was based in Goulburn and
reported to be tracking bushrangers near the Snowy Mountains.
Presentation by the residents at Campbelltown to mark their
esteem of Lieut. Waddy in 1846. His obituary was printed in July
1881 - News has been received by cablegram of the death on the
10th instn. of General Sir Richard Waddy in the 67th year of his
age. We learn from the peerage that he was the eldest son of the
late Cadwallader Waddy, Esq., of Kilmacoe (Capt 69th foot and
M.P. for Wexford) by Margaret, daughter of Joseph Swan, Esq., of
Buckstown. Born 1814, married Anne Eliza daughter of William
Cordeaux, Esq., Commissary General in Australia (in 1840);
entered the army in 1832; became Captain in 1841; in 1854 Lieut-Colonel
50th foot, with which he served at the Battle of Punnjar;
commanded the 50th at the battles of the Alma, Inkermann and the
siege of Seastopol; was wounded in the trenches October 1854 for
which he received a medal the C.B.; served in NZ in the
campaigns of 1864 - 65; was Colonel on the staff there till
January 1865; and Brigadier General from the last date till
promoted to be Major General in the army March 1868; Colonel of
the 63rd Foot October 1877. Two of his sons are in this colony
and one is in England. The eldest, Richard is managing a branch
of the Commercial Bank at Morpeth; the second Percy is managing
a branch of the same monetary institution at Orange the third is
a Captain in the 13th regt of Light Infantry. Sir Richard left a
widow and two married daughters. SMH 15 July 1881
||James Wallis was the second son of
James Wallis, of Cork, Ireland, and his wife Lucinda, née Hewson.
He was appointed ensign in the 46th Regiment in December 1803
and lieutenant in April 1804, distinguishing himself in action
against the French in Dominica. Appointed captain on 19 December
1811, he arrived in Sydney with his regiment on 7 February 1814
in the convict transport
Hewitt. In April 1816 he commanded a company of grenadiers
of the 46th Regiment against hostile Aboriginals near Airds and
Appin, and received the thanks of Governor Lachlan Macquarie for
'zealous exertions and strict attention to the fulfilling of the
instructions'. On 1 June 1816 he was appointed to relieve
Lieutenant Thompson as commandant at Newcastle (Australian
Dictionary of Biography)
||NSW Veteran Corps
in Lymington, Hampshire. He arrived in Australia on 12 September 1826 on the
with other members of the Royal New South Wales Veterans
After retiring from military service, he worked as an
assistant surveyor of roads and bridges. In 1828 he examined a line of road
Percy Simpson, causing him to travel through the Lake
. It was here
in July 1829, that he selected 1280 acres at the northern end of the lake.
Warner had settled on the land by 1831 and established a farm with an
orchard and a house overlooking the bay.
Harvey Welman was born at Tintern Wexford Ireland c.
1785. Joined 57th regiment in 1802., Served at the battles of
Roleia, Vimeira and Corunna. With the expedition to Waleberen in
1809; and subsequently in the Peninsula including the siege of
Tarragona in 1811 and San Sebastian in September 1813.
Jury member at Maitland NSW in 1830. See also
Last of the Tasmanians: or the Black war of Van Diemen's
Land published by James BonwickDied
3 May 1869 at Launceston Tasmania.
||3rd regt (Buffs)
||Samuel Wright was born in County Cavan,
Ireland circa 1788. He joined the Buffs, the 3rd Regiment
(Infantry) of the British Army on 6 March 1806 as an ensign with
a purchased commission and was promoted to Lieutenant by 1810.
He fought in the Peninsular wars and was wounded at Albeura in
1811 and in 1813 at Bayonne. He was with the Regiment in Canada
when North America was seeking independence before returning to
Europe and Ireland. Captain Wright arrived in Australia in 1822
on the Richmond. He became Commandant at Macquarie
Harbour penal colony, Commandant of the Port Macquarie penal
settlement and Superintendent of Police at Newcastle. He died in
Captain Henry Zouch
was born c. 1811 in Quebec, son of Colonel Zouch Commander of a British regiment during the American War of
1812-1814. Educated at the Sandhurst Military College. Appointed
Ensign in 1826. Arrived as a passenger on the
1831. Appointed to the Command of the Mounted Police at Bathurst
in 1833. In 1834 stationed at Newcastle with 30 - 40 men
of the 4rd regiment. Character witness at the trial of William
Hitchcock in the
Castle Forbes affair. In 1835 with a party of troopers Zouch
established that the botanist Richard Cunningham had been
murdered by Aboriginals. Married Maria Brooks daughter of
Richard Brooks in 1836. Appointed Commissioner for Crown Lands
in the Gold districts in 1851. Appointed Superintendent of
Police in 1861. He died of sunstroke in 1883.
Henry Zouch at
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Australian Police site
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