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9th Regiment Royal Norfolk Cap Badge
Sutlej Campaign Medal Ferozeshuhur, Aliwal and Sobraon
Lived Warders Cottages Fremantle
NameGRIFFIN – Owen
Regiment (s)9th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2126
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
8th September 1843 / 18 years / Chatham Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / Gunshot wound (unspecified)
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 1 year 328 days
Length of Service3 years 263 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th May 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSutlej Campaign Medal 1845 – 46: action at Moodkee, Ferozeshuhur, Aliwal and Sobraon
Intended Residence at
Pound Town near Dublin
Pension Districts1847 1st Dublin
1853-1910 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d 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 Birthc1824 Dunlavin Wicklow Ireland
Date/Place of Baptism14 October 1824 Catholic parish of Dunlavin Wicklow Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
PERRY Anne Marie
B 1829 Rathfarnham Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage18 July 1848 Rathfarnham Dublin Ireland (Roman Catholic)
Children by 1st WifeMargaret Baptised 22nd April 1849 Rathfarnham Dublin Ireland (Roman Catholic)
M MANSBRIDGE William Henry 1868 Fremantle WA, he was in the HEIC & 14th Ft and joined Enrolled Guard 1885
D 26th February 1902, Bur East Perth Cemetery (Headstone)
Thomas Baptised St Andrews, Dublin 1851
D 20th March 1910 Western Australia
Hannah Maria B 1854 Fremantle Western Australia
D 6th July 1854 Western Australia
Bur 6th July 1854 St Patrick’s Skinner Street Cemetery (Anna Maria)
Joseph B 1856 Fremantle Western Australia
M COMMERFORD Elizabeth Cecilia Geraldton WA
Dau of EPG Martin Commerford 33rd ft Lord Raglan
D 30th June 1891 Geraldton WA
Bur Geraldton Cemetery (Apex Park) RC, (Headstone)
Mary B 1859 Fremantle Western Australia
D 30th March 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
William John B 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
M 1883 SCANLAN Emily Mary, Fremantle Western Australia dau EPG Frederick Scanlan RA Clara 1864
D 13th December 1937 Kalamunda Western Australia
Bur Fremantle Cemetery WA
Alfred B 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
D 11th February 1866 Fremantle Western Australia
Bur 12th February 1866 Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle WA
Anne (Annie) B 1866 Fremantle Western Australia
M ANDERSON William 19th September 1888 St. Patrick’s Fremantle Western Australia
D 28th April 1958 Hollywood Repatriation Hospital Western Australia
Bernard Patrick B 1868 Fremantle Western Australia
M WENN Frances Eva, Bunbury Western Australia
D 1958 Bunbury Western Australia
Mary Theresa B 1870 Fremantle Western Australia
M ROWELL William 1892 Fremantle
D 4th September 1922 Western Australia (lived Singapore)
Buried Fremantle Cemetery
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
PERRY Patrick
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Warder Fremantle Prison 1855-1890 see extensive listing in “Warders and Gaolers” by David J Barker
From 1875 to his retirement he worked at the Lunatic Asylum
Pension of £9/1/5 awarded from April 1890 retired age 65
Newspaper ArticlesW.A. Record (Perth WA) Thursday 9th July 1891 page 7 Obituary Joseph Griffin
The West Australian Friday 28th February 1902 page 4 Funeral notice Margaret Mansbridge
Western Mail Saturday 19 February 1910, page 34 Owen Griffin Obituary
Sunday Times Sunday 27 March 1910 Page 6, Thomas Griffin Obituary
West Australian Tuesday 24 June 1913, page 5 Anne Griffin Obituary / Funeral
West Australian Tuesday 5 September 1922, death of Mary Rowell nee Griffin
The West Australian Mon 19 May 1952, Bernard Griffin 60th Wedding Anniversary
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st January 1910 Attfield Street Fremantle Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
17th June 1913 Osborne Park Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403 1910/051
Further InformationIn India from 16th October 1844 to 20th April 1847. Served in the campaign of the Army of the Sutledge in 1845 and was present at the action of Moodkee and Ferozeshah
Discharge: ‘While in action at Ferozeshah on the 21st December 1845 received a gunshot wound fracturing the left forearm partially destroying the use of it and rendering him unable to use his firelock and consequently unfit for service’. Wife Ann Griffin (age 22) received medical treatment aboard the Dudbrook

Given “very good” character reference on arrival in WA
Owen and his family lived for many years in one of the cottages alongside the gaol, where before moving to Attfield St, Fremantle where he stayed until his death in 1910.In 1869 Henry Lucas, a convict who arrived in Western Australia aboard the ‘Belgravia’ in 1866 was charged with wounding Owen Griffin with intent to do grievous bodily harm at Fremantle and subsequently found guilty and 17/4/1869 was hanged – The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 9 April, 1869 (pages 2, 3, 4).

“Mr. Griffin was employed for 35 years as a warder in the service, 16 years being spent in lunatic asylum duty. During his long connection with the Imperial service he was employed under Governor Hampton on river works, which consisted of the removal of the huge reef across the Swan River, which was preliminary to the great works which resulted in our present harbour. He was associated with the late Mr. Manning in these operations at the ‘bar,” which occupied three years…While employed on the river improvements he narrowly escaped death at the hands of an escaped prisoner, whom he was attempting to arrest, and the injuries he received on that occasion kept him under the doctor’s care for nearly 12 months. Mr. Griffin was in charge of the parties employed in the making of the York-Greenmount-road in 1858, and he was in the Imperial service when the escape of the Fenians took place in the ship Catalpa, and he could recall with interest the exciting events that occurred on that occasion, while a regatta was in progress on the Swan River. Mr. and Mrs. Griffin had 10 children, 32 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Much sympathy has been extended to Mrs. Griffin, who during the five weeks of her husband’s illness was most attentive to her late husband, and she is completely prostrated by her loss” – from Barker’s Record of Service .