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73rd Regiment Colours

Class of 1851 – EPFs Who became Constables – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – July 2012 EPG Gazette

NameBOLTON – Joseph
Regiment (s)73rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 570
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th August 1826 / 19 years / Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
Book Seller
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¼ in
Fair / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 2 years 8 months
Malta – 4 years 3 months
Ionian Islands – 3 years 10 months
North America – 3 years
Length of Service21 years 191 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 25th September 1848 / Birr Kings Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1848 Edinburgh
1851 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th July 1851 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MINDEN 14th October 1851
Date/Place of Birthc1807 Canongate Edinburgh Scotland
Possibly born 29 December 1806
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
BOLTON Joseph (possible)
Date/Place of Birth
FRASER Margaret (possible)
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
HILL Katharine or Catherine
c1817 Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNone
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
1851 Police Fremantle
Town Crier
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News Friday 12 December 1851 page 5 Appointed to Fremantle Police
Inquirer Perth Wednesday 4th August 1852 – page 3 Abusive language
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 29 October 1856 page 4
Inquirer Wednesday 5 November 1856 page 3
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial23rd January 1864 Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1867 location not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army Worldwide Index Joseph Bolton was at Montreal and on a ship.
He was discharged because of Chronic rheumatism but he had a record of alcoholism.
1851 Census
Joseph Bolton age 44 and his wife Catherine age 34 are living at 264 Cowgate Edinburgh Scotland. No children.
Joseph Bolton and his wife were sponsors for the baptism of John Gorman’s daughter Elizabeth Minden. John spoke very highly of Joseph.
Joseph Bolton was dismissed from the Enrolled Force in October 1851 for misconduct (drunk under arms on Magazine Guard Duty) and was liable to repay the cost of the voyage to WA as per WO instructions ie fifteen pounds each for him and his wife to be deducted from his pension- from the final payment receipt it looks as if it took five years to repay.
Captain Bruce advised the Governor to make an example of Joseph Bolton as he was the first pensioner to be charged with being drunk whilst on Duty. He stated “…that Joseph Bolton is a man from whom better might have been expected, as he is one of the most intelligent and best educated men amongst the pensioners”. Evidence was given by Patrick Griffen, Acting Corporal Barnett, Sergeant Major Allen and Captain Foss. He was struck off the Enrolled Force, the stoppage of half his pension and to refund the passage money for him and his wife. SROWA CSR Cons 36 Volume 273/7
13 February 1864 the Resident Magistrate Fremantle made application for Catherine Bolton the widow of Joseph Bolton who died about three weeks ago to be admitted to the Poor House. He said Joseph had been employed as Town Crier. Approved