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19th Regiment North Riding
NameCORBOY – Michael
Regiment (s)19th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1004
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
13 February 1837 /19 years / Limerick Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 5 years 3 months
West Indies – 2 years 4 months
North America – 3 years 2 months
Length of Service21 years 81 days
Rank/Date/Place of Discharge4th May 1858 Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Blackburn Lancashire England
Pension Districts1858 Preston
1858 Liverpool
1859 Preston
1859 Coal House Point Battery
1859-1862 Western Australia
1863 Adelaide South Australia
1864 Melbourne
1866-1867 Auckland New Zealand
1867 Sydney and Melbourne
1879 Adelaide
Pension Paid11d per diem
unspecified pension increases 1880 and 1884
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of Birth1818 Nenagh Tipperary 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
Not yet known / Kildare Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage9th February 1840 at Castledermot Kildare Ireland
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth B 1840 – 43 Malta (tentative)
M MARTIN William 1863 Albany Western Australia
D 1892 Albany Western Australia (year of birth 1849)
Margaret B 1843 deduced from age at marriage (24) Ionian Islands
M 1) QUIRK Richard 7th October 1867 St. Patrick’s Church Adelaide South Australia
M 2) REEVES Thomas 1871 Albany Western Australia
D 27th December 1924 Western Australia
bur Karrakatta Western Australia (born 1837 so may not be Margaret nee CORBOY)
William B 1849 Montreal Canada (deduced)
D 28th December 1916 Claremont Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Ann B 28 January 1857 Aldershot Hampshire England
Bap 1 February 1857 Aldershot, Saints Michael & Sebastian – Mother’s maiden name: KEARNEY
D Not 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
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Michael-March 1864 Amelia (Ship not found)
Eliza- Otway sailed King George Sound 25th December 1878 arrived Adelaide 31st December 1878
Date/Place of Death/Burial27th January 1893 Parkside Adelaide South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationSROWA Cons 36 Vol 493/211 April 22 1862
Letter to HE the Governor from Michael Corboy whereby he states he arrived in the Colony as part of the Convict Guard in Aug 1859 on the Sultana.
He served for a short time in the enrolled force and despite frequent application to Colonel Bruce had been refused reemployment.
He had a wife and 4 children to support and had been unable to get employment in the Police force or as a warder.
He had served it the British Army for 21 years and 81 days and had a pension of 11d per diem and paid rent of fifteen shilling a month.
He had requested a transfer to another Colony but was refused.
Colonel Bruce replied the Pensioner Corboy was a mason by trade and was struck of the Enrolled Force for being drunk on Duty furthermore he had been abusive to his Staff Sergeant. “With respect to his leaving the Colony and assigning his pension to his wife it is simply impossible …”
Colonel Bruce considered Corboy had only himself to blame for his intemperance and misconduct.


Vol 561/62. 31 October 1863 Albany
Mrs Elizabeth Corboy stated she was able to support herself and her family in the absence of her husband who wished to leave the Colony.
Vol 561/61 Government Resident Albany 9 February 1865
Mrs Corboy is unable to do laborious work due to a sore leg and other complaints.
Vol 561/64 Resident Magistrate Albany
Between 11 February 1865 and 1 April 1865 Mrs Corboy was paid 3/6 per week amounting to £1.8.0

Michael Corboy applied to the Staff Officer Sydney to have his pension paid in Melbourne from 30 June 1867 as he wished to live there. 2/3 of his pension was paid to his wife and family in Western Australia. 1873 reduced to half as some of the children were able to support themselves


25th July 1879 Michael applied to have his entire pension paid in Adelaide South Australia: his wife was then in Adelaide.
Michael Corboy was first admitted to The (Royal) Adelaide Hospital 30th November 1865 age 44, he said he was a Catholic, married ,residing Adelaide, occupation mason, born Nenagh and had been in the Colony 1 year and 8 months having arrived on the Amelia. He was again admitted on 8th September 1890 age 73, he said he was a labourer, born Ireland and had been 30 years in the Colony, ship Sultana.
Eliza Corboy was admitted to the hospital twice in 1879 and again in 1881, 1882 and 1887. She gave her place of birth as Kildare Ireland and her occupation as laundress.


Daughter Ann Corboy was admitted to the hospital in 1883 and 1886, occupation servant and dressmaker, her place of birth was Aldershot. On all the entries the ship of arrival was the Sultana except for one entry for Eliza in 1879 which said Otway