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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
Death Notice 1873
Grave at East Perth Cemetery

Class of 1852 – EPFs Who became Constables – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – October 2012 EPG Gazette


NameAUSTIN – James   Royal Marines
Regiment (s)Royal Navy 1831-48
Royal Marines 14th June 1848 – 14th December 1849
Regiment Number (s) 1868
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
10th March 1831 / Not yet known
Description – Height
not known
Overseas Service/DurationSt Vincent 10th March 1831 – 23rd May 1834
Excellent 16th June 1834 – 6th February 1835
Rattlesnake 7th February 1835 -17th December 1838
Excellent 18th December 1838 – 6th May 1839
Childers 7th May 1839 – 11th July 1844
Excellent 12th July 1844 – 27th March 1845
Lizard 28th March 1845 – 13th June 1845 1849
Spitfire 14th June 1845 – 5th October 1849
Excellent 6th October 1849 – 10th October 1849
Length of Service22 years 5 months 4 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / Discharge from Royal Navy 3rd August 1848 / Not yet known
Further service with Marine Service until 14th December 1849
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1848 Portsmouth
1851-1873 Western Australia
Pension Paid(£13/6/4 per annum) ADM pension was £21/12/0. See Further Information for Civil Service pension
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851  Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birth1809 Beckingham (County not stated)
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
KEATS  Unity   (also known as Mary )
Baptism 5th Apr 1807 Corfe Castle, Dorset, England
Date/Place of Marriage24th February 1831 Alverstoke  Hampshire  England
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth Sarah  baptised 27 Dec 1831 Corfe Castle, Dorset, England.
possibly D 19th September 1844 Landport, Portsea St Mary, Hampshire
Maria Ann  B 30th June 1837  Alverstoke  Hampshire England
M TRIGG William 31st December 1857 Perth Western Australia
D 7th May 1884 Perth  Western Australia
bur Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Eliza  B 20th December 1839  Portsea St. Mary Hampshire England
M 1st  ROSTRON  James Rothwell 1863 Perth Western Australia
M 2nd AVERY Daniel James 1st February 1875 Perth Western Australia
D 18th May 1924 East Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
KEATS Joseph
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
SPECK Elizabeth
Married 24th February 1799 Corfe Castle, Dorset, England
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
1851  Cook  Convict Establishment
1852  Appointed to Police Force
1856-1871 Barracks Sergeant
1866-1873  Pound Keeper
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 20th August 1852 – James appointed to Police Force
Inquirer and Commercial News  Wednesday 20th January 1869  – page 2 – advert as pound keeper
Inquirer and Commercial News 12th March 1873 – page 1 – Unity renting rooms
Inquirer and Commercial News 29th January 1873 – page 2 – death of James
West Australian  Monday 17th June 1895 – Page 4 – funeral Unity
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial22th January 1873 Perth  Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
17th June 1895 Perth  Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA – Cons 3403/1873/431 made on 27th Nov 1863
Further Information1831 British Naval Personnel
1841 UK Census HO 107/415/4/90/page 21 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England – Unity Austin age 30 a seaman’s wife is living at Sandwich Street Portsea Island Portsmouth with her three daughters; Elizabeth age 9, Mary age 6 and Eliza aged 1 years and 8 months both born Hampshire. Unity and Elizabeth are listed as not being born in the County of Hampshire but in “I” for Ireland..
Return of all officers in the Control department WA 1871 – Barracks Sergeant J Austin location Perth barrack duties and assisting supervising and receiving and issuing stores
Pay £45/15/0 – Allowances in money or kind £41/16/3 – Total £87/11/3: To be dispensed with from 31st March 1871
After 15 years 2 months service as Barracks Sergeant, James Austin retired on 9th April 1871. At the time of his retirement his salary was £55/12/6 per annum: he was awarded a Civil Service pension of £13/6/4 per annum