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Pensioner Barracks Fremantle by Jeanette Lee – EPG Gazette 2017 No 3

43rd Regiment
29th Regiment Worcestershire Crest
Indian General Service 1854
Sutlej Medal
Punjab Medal w Chilianwala and Goojerat Clasp
Stateioned at Rottnest – Colonial Buildings
NameGOODBODY – Matthew
Regiment (s)43rd and 29th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1646 – 43rd Regiment
1919 – 29th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1840 / 20 years / Maryborough Ireland
Description – Height
Not yet known (no WO97 discharge papers located)
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies
Length of Service15 years 210 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 11th September 1855 / Unknown
Campaign MedalsIndian General Service Medal
Sutlej Campaign Medal 1845-6
Punjab Campaign Medal 1848-49 with Chillianwallah and Goojerat clasps
Intended Residence at
Tullamore Ireland
Pension Districts1855 Tullamore
1858 Jersey
1864 Tilbury
1864-1905 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/6d per diem
Increased to 2/1d per diem
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 Birthc1820 Mountmellick Queens Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
1804 Manchester England
Ann/ Hannah
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
FOY Bridget nee SHERIDAN
Date/Place of Marriage1853 Dinapore India
Children by 1st WifePeter B 2nd August 1855 Brompton Gillingham Kent England
M Did not marry
D 22nd April 1922 Old Men’s Home Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Mary bap 8th March 1857 Rosenallis Queens Ireland
D 20th December 1861 St Helier Jersey Channel Islands
Winifred B 7th April 1859 Jersey Channel Islands
D 26th October 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Ann B 13th March 1861 Jersey Channel Islands
M NUGENT John 11th November 1879 Perth Western Australia
D 25th June 1939 Mt Lawley Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Agnes B 16th March 1863 Jersey Channel Islands
D 15th July 1939 Western Australia
bur Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Mary Jane B 14th May 1865 Fremantle Western Australia
M POLLETT William Thomas 5th January 1886 Roebourne Western Australia
D 3rd May 1934 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
John (twin) B 8th April 1867 Perth Western Australia
D 8th April 1867 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Joseph (twin) B  8th April 1867 Perth Western Australia
D 22nd November 1867 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Laurence Matthew B 7th April 1869 Perth Western Australia
D 12th March 1885 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Catherine B 15th June 1871 Perth Western Australia
M FITZPATRICK Joseph 10th December 1888 Fremantle Western Australia (Son of pensioner Michael Fitzpatrick on Norwood)
D 9th September 1938 North Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
SHERIDAN Winifred nee Duncan
Not yet known
1st Husband of WifeFOY Thomas
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st HusbandNot yet known
Land Grants Western
5th April 1881 title application for Location Y 140 Perth of 2 perches 28 roods between John and Aberdeen streets, West of Russell Square Perth
Occupation after
Nightwatchman Rottnest Island
Temporary Assistant Warder Perth Prison
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer &Commercial News 18th March 1868 – page 3
The Herald 19th February 1870 – page 3
The Daily News 15th March 1884 – page 3
Inquirer & Commercial News 2nd December 1885 – page 5
Coolgardie Miner Wednesday 5th April 1905 page 2
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1st April 1905 Northampton Western Australia
Northampton Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
14th March 1884 Perth Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Matthew Goodbody 1646 Private 43rd Foot Depot location Armagh and Londonderry
1851 Matthew Goodbody 1919/1646 Sergeant location Meerut
Discharge: Unfit for further service due to being wounded at Ferozeshar
In the 1861 Census Matthew and Bridget are living at 31 Morning Star, Hue street St Heliers Channel Islands with their children Peter, Mary, Winifred and Ann.
The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman rated the conduct of Matthew and Bridget as ‘very good’. Children Peter, Winifred, Ann and Agnes accompanied them, Mary having died in 1861.
12th June 1865 Application to purchase Fremantle town lot 706 for £618th December 1882 Matthew Goodbody appointed to the Enrolled Guard where he served until it was disbanded 31st March 1887.
In 1891 Pensioner Goodbody is living in the Fremantle Barracks with his married daughter Mary Pollett aged twenty-six and her two children, Laurence aged three and Stattela(Stella) aged two. (Mary’s husband is Police Constable Pollett.) Also living with Pensioner Goodbody is his daughter Kate Fitzpatrick aged twenty and her son Matthew aged two. When additional rooms were needed for the Immigration depot both Kate and Mary and their children were ordered to leave by 31st January 1892.
1893 Daughter Agnes entered the Convent of Mercy as Sister Mary Elizabeth
Matthew died at the home of his daughter Mary Jane and her husband William Pollett in Northampton where he lived for the final sixteen years of his life.

As Temporary Assistant Warder Perth Prison 8-10 March 1867 (during the absence of an officer) sent after an absconder
7th June 1886 Matthew GOODBODY complained about the Volunteers’ band playing loud music at night at the Barracks