History of the Project

Established under the direction of ‘The Admiral’, Margaret Hickey, who directed a group of researchers known as ‘ships captains’, they set about the task of establishing a list of all the guards on each ship. Furthermore, wherever possible, parents and siblings have been included as well as establishing the spouses and their children.

Many of the pensioners left Western Australia for the Eastern states and New Zealand. Some returned home to the UK, while a few adventurous souls returned to India where they had spent so much of their young life.

PLEASE NOTE: the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont in Western Australia on 9 January 1868 provided the impetus to launch our website at this time. We have concentrated initially on the men who arrived on her as a fitting introduction to the profiles of all the men of the Enrolled Pensioner Force. These will be added gradually over time.

We hope you are enjoying our website.
While a lot of effort has been put into researching ‘our’ men, we will never know the whole story without your help.
We would appreciate it if you could advise us through the Contact Page of any errors you have found, or additional information to fill in unknown sections of the men’s profiles
We would also we would love to have any photographs of the men, their parents, siblings and children AND family stories. Acknowledgement of your contribution will be provided.
We would prefer not to have just dry facts !

We consider this site to be a work in progress and we hope to be able to add to the knowledge we have from the input of descendants who contact us via the website. Your participation will be valued!