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COSTIGAN – George 11th Regiment

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11th Regiment Devonshire
Fremantle High Street 1871
Battye 100025PD and 100029PD


NameCOSTIGAN – George
Regiment (s)11th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 983
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
8th January 1836 / 14 years /Waterford Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Sallow / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationAustralian Colonies – 5 years 6 months
Length of Service23 years 158 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeDrummer / 27 July 1863 / Fermoy Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1863 1st Cork
1865-1885 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
1881 increased to 1/6d per diem for 13 years service to the Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th September 1865 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
VIMIERA 22nd December 1865
Date/Place of Birth1822 Shandon Cork Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
B 1773 Fenchurch Portarlington Queens Co Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsThomas b January 1815 Gibraltar
D 8th February 1856 New South Wales
Henry B October 1817 Gibraltar
M REARDON Eliza 1844 Sydney NSW
M REARDON Roseanna 6th May 1868 NSW
D 29th January 1872 Balmain Sydney NSW
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B 1838 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageCivil Registration 12th October 1858 Fermoy Cork Ireland
Children by 1st WifeJohn B November1858 Fermoy Cork Ireland
D 23rd September 1865 aboard Vimiera while in port age 5 years 10 months
George bap 22nd January 1860 Fermoy Cork Ireland
Thomas B November 1861 Fermoy Cork Ireland
D 22nd September 1865 aboard Vimiera while in port age 3years 10 months
John B 25th May 1867 Perth Western Australia
M LAW Eliza Phoebe 14th April 1889 Fremantle Western Australia
D 26th July 1911 Fremantle WA
Mary B 5th August 1869 Perth Western Australia
Margaret B c1870/3 Western Australia
D 5th August 1901 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Henry B 4th June 1871 Western Australia
M FARRELL Eliza 1890 Perth Western Australia
D 6th March 1925 North Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Elizabeth B 10th June 1873 Western Australia
M KEMP Alfred Hill 1892 Fremantle Western Australia
D 27th June 1908 Leederville Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Thomas B 1st February 1876 Western Australia
Catherine B 23rd July 1877 Western Australia
M KENNEDY Peter 1902 Waroona 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
11th November 1881 assigned P40 and P47 both 1 acre John Street though to Jackson Street North Fremantle
Titles 6/1691 and 6/169
1st June 1884 full titles granted for Nth Fremantle Lots P40 and 47
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News Perth Friday 20th April 1883 – page 3 Assault on Ann Costigan
The Herald Saturday 19th April 1884 page 2 Costigan boys steal boat
Inquirer and Commercial News Perth Wednesday 14th January 1885 – page 3 Elizabeth Costigan gave evidence at the Mary McGann trial
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial24th October 1885 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
September 1894 Fremantle Western Australia
Buried 7th September 1894 St Patrick’s Skinner Street Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationThe Costigans were one of those families that served with the one regiment – the 11th, not only the father John but also the 3 sons, all were musically inclined. The two older brothers took their discharge in New South Wales whereas George returned to the UK.
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 George Costigan 983 Drummer 11th Foot location Devonport
1851 George Costigan 983 Drummer and Fifer location Sydney Australia
1861 George Costigan 983 drummer/fifer location Fermoy
Discharge at own request having served upwards of 21 years
The Costigans appear to have married twice the first by civil registration in 1858 followed by a Church marriage in 1860
Mrs Ann Costigan applied for quarters in No 2 barracks Fremantle refused by Captain Smith 11th August 1881 although George bought some of the excess barracks furniture that was put up for sale.
There are a series of memos from the Colonial Surgeon concerning the Costigan family which culminated in two of the girls, Margaret age 11 and Elizabeth age 7, being admitted to the Roman Catholic orphanage from 4th March 1881 to 31st December 1883 when they returned to their mother. It was noted that Margaret was nearly blind. At the same time George applied for admission to the poor house where he was admitted on the 4th May 1881. It was decided to allow Ann Costigan the whole of her husband’s pension to support the family, however George did not stay in there for long as he was back with the family in 1884.
SROWA Cons 527 1878-1882
1885 Resident Magistrate Fremantle recommends relief for widow Ann COSTIGAN
In 1894 Mrs Costigan (Ann) kept a boarding house in Essex Street Fremantle