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   Gallagher Family History by Anne Duncan nee Clarke

Regiment (s)92nd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 502
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th May 1826 / 17 years / Glasgow Lanarkshire Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6¼ in
Dark / Light Blue / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 1 year 9 months
Malta – 5 years 4 months
West Indies – 1 year 4 months
Length of Service21 years 189 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th May 1849/ Clonmel Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Dundee Scotland
Pension Districts1849 Dundee
1853-1866 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd November 1852 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
DUDBROOK 7th February 1853
Date/Place of Birth1809 Barony Lanarkshire Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
GALLAGHER William (Boatman)
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B 1818 Scotland
Date/Place of Marriage16th May 1843 (Army Barracks) Forfar Dundee Scotland
Children by 1st WifeMary Ann B 18th May 1843 Scotland
M1 COE Jonathon (Convict 2868) 1856 Port Gregory Western Australia, she was aged 13
M2 HUGHES Edward (Convict 2277) 6th April 1891 Northampton Western Australia
D 16th April 1893 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Janette Cecelia B 1854 Lynton Port Gregory Western Australia
M GRIMSHAW Henry (Convict 8280) 1875 Geraldton Western Australia (3 children)
D 31st March 1936 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Margaret B 1859 Greenough Western Australia
M CLARKE James (Convict 7054) 1878 Geraldton Western Australia (11 children)
D 12th May 1926 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Eastern Road Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
Sarah Jane B 1861 Irwin District Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
BREWITT Richard  of Canongate Scotland
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
SIM Margaret
Not yet known
2nd WifePETTY Elizabeth or Eliza (nee Chapman – widow)
Date/Place of Marriage19th August 1865 Western Australia
Children by 2nd WifeNone
1st Husband of WifePETTY Unknown
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1stHusbandNot yet known
Land Grants Western
31st December 1853 grant of 3 acres at Port Gregory
1860 granted 33.3 acres Gregory Road Greenough G21 and G22 and held a tillage lease of 32 acres in 1865
Occupation after
Listed as ‘farmer and blacksmith at Pearse’s Ford’.
Between 1858 – 64 employed 5 T/L men on occasions
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 12th October 1866 page 3 Assault with violence towards Mrs Gallagher
Victorian Express (Geraldton WA) Friday 21st April 1893 page 3 death of Mary Ann Hughes
Geraldton Guardian Thursday 13th May 1926 page 2 Death of Margaret Clarke
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th May 1866 Greenough Western Australia
Greenough Pioneer Cemetery Western Australia
Liber Defunctorum – Death Gallagher – In the year 1866 on 30th May in his home in Greenough, in communion with Holy Mother the Church, John (son of William Gallagher and Mary O’Neill) native of Glasgow, Scotland, 55 years of age, gave up his soul to God having confessed to me A.J.Lecaille, approved priest, on the day before.
His body was buried by friends in the Protestant Cemetery next to the body of his wife, Sarah, as he himself wished, on the following day.
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
29th January 1861 Champion Bay (Geraldton) Western Australia
Church of England Section Greenough Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
12th November 1880 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to length of service.
Throughout his military career John had a large number of entries in the Regimental Defaulters” Book and Court Martial books mainly for drunkenness and insubordination.Both his wife Sarah age 35 and daughter Mary Ann age 10 received medical treatment during the voyage of the Dudbrook.

On 26th April 1853 a detachment of Pensioner Guards was sent north to Port Gregory Convict Depot per the coaster “William Pope”.

After much suffering by the pensioners with inadequate accommodation (tents), food and medical supplies in an inhospitable area adjacent to a salt lake it was with some relief the pensioners were withdrawn in 1856 and the ‘Ticket of Leave’ depot at Lynton (Port Gregory) was closed.

The remaining guards were transferred to Greenough and received grants in that area.

After Sarah died in 1861, John was left to look after his daughters. As a Roman Catholic he was given special permission to be buried in the Anglican section of the Greenough Pioneer Cemetery to be with his first wife Sarah. Their daughters erected a headstone marking the burial site of their parents.

John’s widow Elizabeth remained in Greenough for some time before taking Janet & Margaret to live in Geraldton.