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BROWN – James Royal Artillery 6th Battalion 5th Company

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Wife problematic on Stag’s journey to Fremantle
Royal Artillery Badge


NameBR0WN – James
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 6th Battalion 5th Company
Regiment Number (s) 3145
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
21st June 1830 / 18 years / Woolwich Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9¼ in
Swarthy / Blue / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 5 years 6 months
Mauritius – 8 years 6 months
Length of Service21 years 21 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and Driver / 8th July 1851 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1851 Glasgow
1851 Dublin
1852 Carlow
1853 Jersey
1855-1863 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th February 1855 Plymouth England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
STAG 23rd May 1855
Date/Place of Birthc1812 Rathdrum Wicklow Ireland
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
BEALE Elizabeth
1812-1816 Weymouth Dorset England
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
BEALE James (a seaman)
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeWOOD Henry – 51st and 96th Regiments – went to pension in Western Australia
Date/Place of Marriage1864 Bunbury Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandNot yet known
Land Grants Western
Assigned 31st September 1857 Lot P2 Bunbury of 1 acre 3 perches and 5 roods
Title application made 27th April 1862 (Title 1942)
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial8th September 1863 Bunbury Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
27 March 1867, Adelaide, South Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge: Chronic rheumatism
AJCP reel 466 pages 227-251 relates the accusation of mistreatment to the wives of the pensioners by the Surgeon Superintendent including the harsh treatment afforded to Mrs. Eliza BROWN. Henry Nelson CLARK, Master of the Convict ship “Stag” testified Mrs. BROWN was a woman of a very quarrelsome disposition, of her being a very noisy woman and had he been aware of her quarrelsome disposition he would have done all in his power to prevent her being embarked on board. He didn’t hear her making any noise after she was put into the “Black Box”. He was not aware of who instigated the rows. Sergeant Major BEASLEY said Mrs. BROWN’s general conduct was very bad indeed, she was a most quarrelsome backbiting woman, a very great liar, and the cause of all the disagreements that took place between the other women on board the ship. He also saw her gagged. He gives a detailed account of the occasion when she was handcuffed and gagged also her incarceration in the “Black Box” and subsequent release.
2nd March 1865 Elizabeth Brown now Woods with Henry and an unnamed child left Fremantle on “Ann Saunderson” arriving Adelaide on 26 Mar 1865
Elizabeth Woods was admitted four times to the (Royal) Adelaide Hospital firstly on 5th April 1866 (Wood) age 50, a married woman, religion Catholic, abode Adelaide, born Waymouth (sic) had been 1 year in the Colony and had arrived on the Ann Sanderson. The 2nd time was on 5th Jun 1866, all the information was the same except she was of the Protestant faith, and had been in the Colony for 1 year and 3 months. Thirdly listed under Woods on 18th July 1866 all the information was as before and lastly on 23rd February 1867 these wasn’t any detail beyond the fact she died on 28th March 1867. Elizabeth died of “Morbid Cordis” … a hospital admission 7 months prior was for “Alcoholismus.”