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Royal Marines 1854 Britains Sea Soldiers Vol 1 by Cyril Field
Lynton Convict Buildings Port Gregory – taught here


NameBROWN – John
Regiment (s)Royal Marines
Regiment Number (s) 7210 (ref WO22_42_00162)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1831/21 years/Woolwich
Description – Height
Not yet known
Overseas Service/DurationNot yet known
Length of Service18 years
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 3rd May 1849 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not known
Pension Districts1849-52 Leicester
1853 Western Australia
Pension Paid£13/12/0 per annum
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22 November 1852 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
DUDBROOK 7th February 1853
Date/Place of BirthNot yet known
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
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
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
1853 Lynton (Port Gregory) assigned 3 acres
Occupation after
January 1854 school teacher at Lynton Pensioner Village Port Gregory
1865-6 Farmer in Greenough area
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette Friday 12th January 1855 – trial of John Brown
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1873 age 65 all unknown Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarged as invalid
Pensioner John Brown, RM, wrote a letter on behalf of the Pensioners of the Dudbrook guard asking for forgiveness for Charles Tranailles for his conduct aboard the Dudbrook SROWA Cons 36 Vol 273 Folio 16John Brown was one of the pensioners sent to Port Gregory in 1853 as guards for the Convict Depot. They were allotted a 3 acre plot of land and the convicts were supposed to erect cottages for the pensioners. However the settlement was doomed to failure as the land allotted to them was adjacent to a salt lake which the Resident Magistrate Burges said was unhealthy. They suffered from lack of provisions and medical supplies and lived in tents as there was much delay in erecting the houses. Conditions were not improved when Von Bibra was granted a liquor license in an effort to combat the sly grog trade carried on by the ships calling at the port. Mid 1853 after arrival in WA detached to Port Gregory area.

20th December 1853 Resident Magistrate William Burges suggested opening a school with Pensioner Brown in charge who he said “is well qualified to be school master”. SROWA Cons 36 Vol 256 Folio 215 RM Champion Bay

January 1854 Colonial School at Lynton Pensioner Village with 22 pupils- John Brown teacher.
In 1854 John Brown shot Ann Buckley after a drunken altercation.
8th December 1854 John Brown sailed to Perth per Daphne to face trial for the shooting of Ann Buckley. SROWA Cons 36 Vol 309 Folio 226

Jan 1855 he was found guilty of feloniously shooting at Ann Buckley (wife of fellow EPG Jeremiah Buckley) sentenced to 2 yrs with hard labour. Apparently he was regularly drunk and could be violent – he was removed from being a school teacher due to insobriety and for shooting Mrs Buckley. (Source “Sand and Stone; Part 1, Colonists & Convicts” by Kevin Moran and Perth Gazette and Independent Journal 0f Politics and News (WA:1848-1864)

Evidence at the trial given by William Johnson said he was a very quiet and well-adjusted and Mrs Brown a very violent and aggressive woman

Friday 12 January,1855 Employed two Ticket of Leave Labourers at Greenough 1865-6.