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Fremantle Cemetery
Indian Mutiny Medal w Lucknow Clasp
68th Regiment Glengarry Badge
NameFINNIGAN – Thomas
Regiment (s)68th Regiment and Army Hospital Corps
Regiment Number (s) 1701 – 68th Regiment
42 – Army Hospital Corps
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
13th July 1840 / 18 years 2 months / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 10½ in
Fresh / Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationQuebec – 9 years 9 months
Malta – 3 years 181 days
Crimea – 306 days
East Indies – 306 days
Length of Service21 years 24 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 6th August 1861 / Aldershot England
Campaign Medals Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859 with Lucknow clasp
Intended Residence at
Fermoy Cork Ireland
Pension Districts1861 1st Cork
1861 Woolwich
1862 3rd Portsmouth
1863 Tilbury
1863-1907 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/11d per diem
18th January 1887 Increased to 2/5d per diem for service with the Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
23rd September 1863 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LORD DALHOUSIE 28th December 1863
Date/Place of Birth1822 Belfast Antrim 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
McCARTHY Catherine
B c 1837 (deduced) Birr Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage16th November 1857 Fermoy Cork Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMary Ann B 18th February 1860 Aldershot, Surrey, England
Bp 4th March 1860 St Michael & Sebastian Aldershot
M STROUD Robert James 1886 Perth Western Australia
D 25th June 1931 East Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Catherine B 1861 Not yet known
bap 4th August 1861 Fermoy Cork Ireland
M REEDY (sic) John James 1891 Perth Western Australia
D 28 November 1899 Western Australia
bur originally Skinner Street Cemetery – exhumed now bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia along with her infant daughter Gladys
Elizabeth B 20th July 1863 Fermoy Cork Ireland
Bp 6th August 1863 Fermoy Cork Ireland
D 25th September 1937 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Margaret B 17th January 1865 Perth Western Australia
D 1866 Western Australia
Margaret Helen B 18th July 1866 Perth Western Australia
D 1867 Western Australia
Helena (Ellen) B 10th October 1867 Perth Western Australia
D 22nd August 1950 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Johanna (Jane) B 3rd January 1869 Perth Western Australia
D 14th January 1869 Perth Western Australia
Stillborn male B 1873 Perth Western Australia
Thomas B 12th October 1879 Perth Western Australia
D 13th October 1879 Perth Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
NUGENT Margaret
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Granted Fremantle Location P 98 of 1 acre Title Application 05/12/1883 Title Deed 6/89 (North Fremantle at corner of Jackson Street and the railway)
Occupation after
Thomas Finnigan was appointed orderly to the Governor in August 1880 a role he held until his resignation in 1895
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 7 January 1880 – page 3 (Governor’s Orderly)
West Australian Friday 8 March 1901 – page 4 (Catherine’s death)
West Australian Tuesday 15 October 1907 – page 1 (Thomas’ death)
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial11th October 1907 Fremantle Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia – most of his family are also buried in this grave
Date/Place of Death/Burial
5th March 1901 Tuckfield Street Fremantle Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateA copy of Catherine FINNIGAN’s will dated 25th February 1901 is available from the State Records Office (SRO Cons 3403/1901/053) she is described as a widow despite Thomas not dying until 1907.
Catherine Finnigan’s will dated 25 February 1901 whereby ‘I give, devise and bequeath unto my two unmarried daughters Elizabeth Born Fermoy, Co Cork, Ireland on 20 July 1863 and Ellen born Perth, Western Australia on 10 October 1867 the whole of all my real and personal estate consisting of allotment No 8 with house and appurtenances thereon at No 45 Tuckfield Street. East Fremantle for their sole use and benefit. The estate was worth £475.00
Further Information1841 British Army World Wide Index – Location: Ashton under Lyme England
1851 British Army World Wide Index – Location: Malta
1861 British Army World Wide Index – Regiment stationed at: Chatham
Discharge at own request having served 21 years.
3rd August 1869 application made to purchase Perth Lots H50 & H51 at £10 per lot (These two allotment were later forfeited.)
7th March 1866 application made to purchase sub lot 150 of 4 ½ acres at £1 per acreThomas Finnigan was appointed orderly to the Governor in January 1880. Apparently he had served under Governor Hampton when they were in the army, (68th Regt).
29 June 1895 Thomas Finnigan wrote to the Honourable John Forrest, Premier of WA stating that he had served as Orderly and Office keeper at Government House for 15 years and as he was aged seventy three felt that he was unfit for further service and tendered his resignation.
Octavius Burt requested the Private Secretary to advise Sergeant Finnigan that a pension of £32.10.0 had been granted to him with the request he remain in office until a suitable replacement was found- to which Finnigan agreed.
He had been employed in the position since January 1880 at a salary of £130 for the last three years. (SROWA Cons 527/1895/1677)
In 1893-4 The Post Office directories have him living in Jackson Street in North Fremantle but from 1901 he lived at 45 Tuckfield Street in Fremantle (corner of Skinner Street) where his single daughters Elizabeth and Ellen lived until their deaths.
In 1895 Thomas and Catherine left Western Australia on the Bullara departing 5th April 1895 for the Eastern States. West Australian 5th April 1895 page 4
Thomas returned in May on the Konoowarra. West Australian 30th May 1895 page 4
It appears that his single daughters the Misses Finnigan (Flanigan) may have returned on the Buninyong in July 1895 together with a E. Flanigan which could have been Catherine. West Australian 20th July 1895 page 4