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61st South Gloucestershire Regiment
NameBARRETT – John
Regiment (s)61st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 362
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
22nd April 1825 / 20 years / Limerick Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¼ in
Fresh / Grey / Light / None
Overseas Service/DurationCeylon – 11 years 6 months
Length of Service21 years 249 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 22nd June 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1847 1st East London District
1850-1869 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0½d per diem
1857 Increased to 1/6d per diem totally blind
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1805 St. John’s Limerick Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
HALL Alice
B 1814 England
Date/Place of Marriage29th November 1846 Northfleet St Botolph’s  Gravesham Kent England
Children by 1st WifeCatherine Alicia B 9th March 1848 England
Bp 2nd July 1848 St Mary and St Michael Commercial Road Stepney Middlesex England
Mary Ann B 27th August1849 England
Bp 7th October 1849 St Mary and St Michael Commercial Road Stepney Middlesex England
M 1871 ALBERT Henry Fremantle Western Australia
D 1880 Western Australia
21st March 1880 Buried Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle age 32. Headstone removed to Fremantle Cemetery Carrington Street Fremantle WA
Ellen B 1855 Fremantle Western Australia
M 1873 PONTEVIVO Dominic
D 24th January 1883 Shark’s Bay Western Australia (murdered)
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
HALL Caleb
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Assigned Locations P10 and P14 at Freshwater Bay 6th September 1850
Resumed 20th November 1852 AJCP Reel 458 page from 15
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News Monday 9th July 1883 page 3 Trial of Isaac Suzette for the murder of Ellen Pontevivo
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 18th July 1883 page 3 acquittal of Isaac Suzette of the murder-insufficient evidence
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1869 Western Australia
25th April 1869 Skinner street Cemetery Fremantle headstone removed to Fremantle Cemetery Carrington Street Fremantle December 1935.
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Possible death 1877 age 64
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Sorldwide index
1841 John Barrett 362 Pte 61st ft Location Woolwich and Bolton
Discharge due to Chronic rheumatism, Varicose veins in both legs and declining activity
5th March 1850 Catherine Barrett age 2 received medical treatment for pertussis aboard the Scindian
10th April Mary A Barrett age 9 months received treatment for diarrhoea aboard the Scindian
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation.
Private John Barrett, general labourer, 1/-, 17th January, married, 2 children
20th September 1855 John Barrett wrote to the Colonial Secretary regarding what he saw as his unwarranted dismissal from the Enrolled Force as he was undergoing treatment for loss of sight. Lt Colonel Bruce replied that it was the practice to strike men off when a convict ship arrived and Barrett had failed to take advantage of the opportunities of advancement in the colony.
John Barrett was totally blind by 1857