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99th Regiment Lanarkshire


Regiment (s)99th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 278
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st May 1824 / 16 years / Ballinasloe Galway  Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fresh / Grey / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 11 years 5 months
Length of Service15 years 125 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 31st August 1841 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Patumna  Galway  Ireland
Pension Districts1841 Galway
1847 – 1849 Birr
1849 Galway
1849 – 50 Liverpool
1851 Tilbury Fort
1851-1864 Western Australia
1864-1882 South Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851  Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birthc1808 Annadown near Patumna  Galway  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
CONROY  / CORRY  Bridget
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMariah B 1842 Not yet known
M ROBSON Thomas 1861 Toodyay WA
D 29th January 1885 Eastern Districts WA
Ann(e) c1851 Not yet known
M CUMMINGS William H. 25th July 1879 Adelaide South Australia
William B 10th October 1852 Western Australia
Bridget B 20th December 1855 Fremantle Western Australia
Eleanor (Nellie) B 23rd May 1858 Fremantle Western Australia
M MOSS John 1895 Victoria Australia
D 14th June 1940 Kent Town Norwood South Australia
Maria c1858 WA
M GILL George Frederick 19th July 1879 Adelaide South Australia
D 29th July 1936 Adelaide South 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
North Fremantle lot P1
1 acre 1 rood 24 perches
assigned 20th Nov 1852
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesEastern Districts Chronicle Saturday 31st January 1885 page 2 Inquest Maria Robson
The Advertiser Thursday 30th July 1936 – page 16 – Maria GILL died
Chronicle Thursday 20th June 1940 – page 22 – Nellie MOSS died
Departure from Western
May 1864 to South Australia on the “Gem”
Date/Place of Death/Burial2nd December 1882 Kent Town South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
(Possible)  1900 South Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to a fistula of the urethra

18th November 1850 the Staff Officer Liverpool was advised the adult nieces of Owen Connor would not be allowed to proceed with him.(They were also described as sisters in law and may have been Bridget’s sisters)
2nd December 1850 The Staff Officer Liverpool was further advised “In consideration of their father and their brothers having been in the service the Secretary at War has authorised their being provided with a free passage by one of the ships proceeding to Australia or Van Diemen’s Land on the understanding that they bring with them sufficient to fit them out for the voyage and that Owen Connor will pay for their rations during the voyage by a stoppage not exceeding ¼ of his pension.” The rations would amount to about £3 each
Captain Bruce was advised of the same.
Maria Conroy was aged 14 and Ann 15. Maria married Edward BURKE Fremantle 1857 the son of Mermaid Pensioner Patrick Burke. Maria Burke died Melbourne 1877, her parents were recorded as Elizabeth and John Conroy
Surgeon Superintendent Alex Kilroy listed the children of Owen Connor as being Mariah age 8 years and Ann age 5 months

9th June 1855 – Return of Pensioners North Fremantle – Owen protestant, wife and child Catholic.
3rd August 1863 – Owen Connor applied for assistance to the resident magistrate Fremantle and although they were living on his allotment at North Fremantle he had been unable to find work and his wife and 5 children were without the necessities of life and starving. Captain Bruce replied his allotment was overrun with weeds and he had tried to help him with the offer of seed. He said Owen Connor and his wife were able bodied people rendered lazy by his long employment on military service, even so he recommended he be allowed 1/- per day and a flour ration.
5th January 1865 Owen Connor was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide hospital a married man age 50, he gave his religion as Catholic. At the time he was living Adelaide and was a pensioner having arrived in the Gem 8 months previously. He was again admitted to the hospital on 23rd December 1870 and 14th October 1876 and little had changed except he was living at Currie Street and later at Gouger Street and he gave his occupation as a labourer. He said he was born Galway Ireland in all admissions.

His son William was also admitted to the hospital on 24th November 1869 age 17. At the time he was single, Catholic, born Fremantle WA, living Currie street and was working as an ostler. He had arrived in the ship Ramcatra  (no ship of this name found and no time given)