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NameDUNN / DUNNE – George
Regiment (s)47th and 13th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1287 (47th Regiment)
50 (13th Regiment)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd May 1838 / 18 years 1 month / Norwich Norfolk England
Woolcomber
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 10 in
Fresh / Grey / Light / None
Overseas Service/DurationMalta – 2 years  1 month
Turkey – 5 months
Gibraltar – 2 months
Crimea – 1 year 8 months
West Indies – 2 yrs 8 months
Length of Service21 years 179 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 16th April 1860 / Fermoy Ireland
Campaign MedalsCrimean Medal with Alma Inkerman and Sebastopol clasps
Turkish Crimean Medal
Silver medal granted by the Sultan of Turkey for services in the Crimea
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Dublin Ireland
Pension Districts1860 1st Dublin
1864 Tilbury
1864-1895 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
1887 Increased to 1/2d per diem for 16 years’ service in the Enrolled Force
18/06/1889 Pension suspended while undergoing sentence when convicted of assaulting and beating Ann Bayley-6 months HL
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st July 1864 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 12th September 1864
Date/Place of Birth1820 Lakenham Norfolk England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
UNKNOWN Eliza
c1830 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMary Anne B 1857 (tentative)
M TAPIA/TAPIER Joseph 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
D 26th May 1889 Poor House Perth Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
March 1871 granted Location P21 in North Fremantle Western Australia (Title deed 5/203)
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known: made application for work as messenger and porter in the public service
Newspaper articlesDaily News 30th March 1889 – page 2
WA Record 30th May 1889 – page 6
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th November 1895 Mt Eliza Invalid Depot Perth Western Australia
bur East Perth Cemeteries
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
13th March 1889 Perth Western Australia (tentative)
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 George Dunn 1287 Private 47th Foot location Barbados
1851George Dunn 1287 Private 47th Foot location Buttevant
Discharge due to having completed 21 years’ service
The conduct of Private George Dunn and his wife Eliza and daughter Mary Ann was rated as ‘very good’ by the superintendent of the Merchantman.
1880 George Dunn was on the Nominal list for the Enrolled Guard after serving 16 years in the Enrolled Force WA he then served in the Enrolled Guard from its inception 11th November 1880 to the disbandment on 31st March 1887
1880 George Dunn and his wife were living in the NO 1 Barracks Fremantle.
23rd July 1885 the resident magistrate Fremantle applied for assistance for Mary Ann Tapier (a widow aged 28 years) has applied to me for assistance. She is in delicate health and is unable at present to work. She has a son aged 8 years. I enclose the report of the Sergeant of Police also the medical certificate.
He reported “she is in a very delicate state of health suffering very much from heart disease and unable to do any kind of work. From her appearance she appears to be a very sickly woman. She has one child George aged 8 years. Both are residing at the barracks with her father and mother who states they have just enough to do to support themselves. Her father is on the Pensioner Force has 3/6 per day and 1/2 per day pension. Mrs Tapier is 28 years of age – her husband is dead for the last 15 months and since has been depending with her child on the support of her parents.” She was recommended for entry into the Poor house but declined the offer.
After the Enrolled Guard was disbanded like many of the pensioners George was unable to obtain employment and applied to the public service for a position as a messenger or porter, however he does not appear to have met any success as on 10th February 1888 he requested quarters in the No 1 barracks Fremantle as he thought he was more likely to get employment in Fremantle rather than Perth. This application was refused.
Finally on 15th May 1890 Resident Magistrate Barratt recommended George be admitted to the Mt Eliza Depot as he said he had no children to support him and he was lodging with “Henry Hayes and Elizabeth Fletcher, if something is not done for this old man soon, I am afraid that something will be got up for him by these parties so as to get him into prison.”References:
SROWA Cons 527/2919/1885
RM Fremantle 23 July 1885
A woman names Mary Ann Tapier(sic)( a widow aged 28 years) has applied to me for assistance. She is in delicate health and is unable at present to work. She has a son aged 8 years. I enclose the report of the Sergeant of Police also the medical certificate.
J. Peacock Sergeant
27 July 1885
I have the honour t report for your information that I have seen Maryann Tapier (sic) and she informed me that she is in a very delicate state of health suffering very much from heart disease and unable to do any kind of work. From her appearance she appears to be a very sickly woman. She has one child George aged 8 years. Both are residing at the barracks with her father and mother who states they have just enough to do to support themselves. Her father is on the Pensioner Force has 3/6 per day and 1/2 per day pension. Mrs Tapier is 28 years of age – her husband is dead for the last 15 months and since has been depending with her child on the support of her parents.
Colonial Surgeon 27 July 1885
May Ann Tapia
This woman is in a state of chronic disability partly congenital partly from a … …
RM Fremantle 28/7/85
Please give direction for the woman to be sent to the Poor House.
28/7/1885 Approved her and her infant child be received into the Poor House.
20/11/1885 The woman declines to go to the Poor House.

Cons 527/2999/1887.
17 August 1887 George Dunn applied for employment in the Public Service as either a messenger or a porter giving the following information:
Age 50, living Perth, married, one child age 20.
Qualifications Arrived in Colony per Convict ship Merchantman 13 September 1864. His Character is shown as ‘good’ as shown by his record book.
Cons 527/495/1888
10 February 1888 George Dunn requested being supplied with quarters in the No 1 Barracks Fremantle as he said he was unable to get employment in Perth but he ‘could procure some little work in Fremantle.’
He said he was 23 years on the Enrolled Guard and was discharged 31 March last year with a good character.
However the Colonial Secretary did not think it more likely he would get employment in Fremantle and the application was refused 23 February 1888.
Cons 527/1462/1890
15 May 1890
RM Barrett
This man is unable to work and says he cannot get a living. I recommend he be sent to Mt.Eliza Depot
Approved Oct. Burt 20 May 1890
17 May 1890.
John Connor, Corporal of Police wrote:
George Dunn informed me he has neither sons nor daughters living-no means at the present time, military pension of 1/2. He is at present lodging with Henry Hayes and Elizabeth Fletcher, if something is not done for this old man soon, I am afraid that something will be got up for him by these parties so as to get him into prison.