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CONNOLLY – Richard 73rd Regiment

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73rd Regiment Colours
York Convict Depot now Residency Museum


NameCONNOLLY – Richard
Regiment (s)73rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 319
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
12th January 1824 / 21 years / Athlone Roscommon Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¼ in
Dark / Blue / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 2 years 7 months
Malta – 4 years 3 months
Ionian Islands – 3 years 10 months
North America – 1 year 3 months
Length of Service16 years 4 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 8th January 1840 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Rathkeale Ireland
Pension Districts1840 Athlone
1840 Jersey
1851-1881 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
13th March 1851 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 28th June 1851
Date/Place of Birth1803 St Mary’s Athlone Westmeath Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
JOHNSTONE Unknown (possibly)
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
BARRET Elizabeth Felicite
Date/Place of MarriageJersey Not yet known
Children by 1st WifeRichard B c1844 Jersey Channel Islands
M CONNOR Brigid 3rd January 1871 York Western Australia
D 19th November 1971 Lion’s Mill Mount Helena Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Elizabeth B c1844 Not yet known
John B c1849 possibly Jersey Channel Islands
D 5.30am 16th May 1851 onboard “Pyrenees” age 2 years and 8 months
Elizabeth or Mary Elizabeth B February 1852 possibly Fremantle Western Australia
bur 11th December 1852 York Western Australia
Patrick B 1853 York WA
Stephen B 12th January 1856 York WA
M MEEHAN Jane 1878 York WA
D 28th August 1929 Mt Helena WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery WA
Mary Anne B 15th July 1858 York Western Australia
M HEALEY or HEALY Michael  1880 Fremantle Western Australia
D 9th September 1896 Fremantle Western Australia
Margaret B 15th May 1862 York Western Australia
bur 6th November 1862 York Cemetery Western Australia
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
York Lot P1 4 acres 2 roods 17 perches
Assigned 20th November 1852
Title Application 25th July 1860
Title 1736
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer Perth 3rd September 1851
The Herald Fremantle 6th February 1875 page 2 Death of Bridget Connolly
Eastern Districts Chronicle York 2nd February 1878 page 2 marriage of Stephen Connolly
The West Australian 15th April 1881 Sale of P1York
Eastern Districts Chronicle York 12th February 1887 page2 Increased value of York P1
Daily News Perth 10th September 1896 page2 Funeral notice Mary Healy
Daily News Perth 19th November 1917 Page 6 Funeral notice of Richard Connolly
Daily News Perth 2nd June 1924 page 8 Funeral notice Jane Connolly
The West Australian 4th June 1924 page 1 Death notice Jane Connolly
The West Australian 29th August 1929 page 1 Death notice Stephen Connolly
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial20th January 1881 York Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to the results of an injury received in July 1837 when assisting to quench a fire while on duty for which he was under treatment for 11 weeks
Purchased Suburban Lot York 274
5.2.24 acres in 1860 @ £1 per acre
In the 1859 Census of York WA
Richard Conolly (sic) age 57 Pensioner can read and write born Ireland
Elizabeth Conolly age 40 can read only born France
Richard age 15 apprentice can read and write born Jersey
Stephen age 4 born Swan River
Mary Ann age 6 months born Swan River
They are all roman Catholics and the parents were married at Jersey
They have 3 acres under wheat, one acre under barley and another 2 acres cleared for cultivation. They own 1 horse, 5 head of cattle, one pig and have a kitchen garden of 1 rood.
Richard Connolly was a contributor to the Pensioners Benevolent Fund