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5th Regiment
Dies Fremantle Lunatic Asylum
NameHARRIS – John
Regiment (s)5th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 875
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th April 1831 / 19 years / Manchester Lancashire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 in
Fresh / Blue / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 3 years 11 months
Malta – 2 years 5 months
Ionian Islands – 5 years
Length of Service14 years 9 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 25th August 1845 / Belfast  Ireland
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1845 1st Manchester
1847 Chester
1850 1st Manchester
1851-1870 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851 Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birth1812 Manchester Lancashire England
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
1827 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage3rd April 1849 Manchester Lancashire England
Children by 1st WifeAnn B 1852 Fremantle
D 1852 Western Australia
Francis B 1854 Fremantle Western Australia
M La MOTTE Frances Gertrude 23rd January 1887 Fremantle
D 12th January 1924 South Fremantle Western Australia
bur Church of Christ Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
John B 3rd April 1857 Fremantle Western Australia
D 9th November 1907 Claremont Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Eliza B 19th December 1859 Western Australia
M BUNNEY Joseph (Prior to 1881)
D 1st July 1930 East Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Margaret B 19th December 1859 Fremantle Western Australia
M1 MUNRO James Peter 8th November 1885 Perth
M2 MUNRO Edward Western Australia
D 28th June 1937 East Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Caroline B 5th April 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
M1 SUMMERFIELD Benjamin 1879 Fremantle Western Australia
M2 CAPORN Sidney 1885 Fremantle Western Australia
D 4th August 1915 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
DUNN  William
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
North Fremantle lot P19
2 acres 37 perches / allotment resumed
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer 9th June 1858 – page 4d  –  Subscribed to Indian Relief Fund
Inquirer 25th February 1863 page 2a –  Subscribed to Lancashire relief fund
Daily News  Tuesday 30th May 1893 – Page 3  – Margaret MUNRO re death of MUNRO James Peter – Insurance
Western Mail Saturday 7th September 1901 page 64 Death of Ann Wetherall
Western Mail  Friday 13th August 1915 – page 25 – Death of Caroline CAPORN
West Australian Wednesday 2nd July 1930 – page 1 – funeral of Elizabeth BUNNEY
West Australian  6th September 1935 – page 1 – death of Joseph BUNNEY ( husband Elizabeth )
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial11th November 1870 Lunatic Asylum Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateAdmin – SROWA Cons 3458/1871/170
John Harris late of Perth in the Colony of Western Australia died 11 November 1870 in the Lunatic Asylum at Fremantle, intestate, leaving Ann Harris his lawful widow and relict and Francis Harris, John Harris, Margaret Harris, Eliza Harris and Caroline Harris his natural and lawful and only children and only next of kin minors respectively under the age of 21 years him surviving.
The said Ann Harris, on the 27th day of December last by instruction under her hand and seal did expressly renounce all her right and title in and to the curation or guardianship of the said minors and in and to the settees and administration of the personal estate and effects of the said deceased.
The said minors on the 31st December last by instrument under their hands and seals did make choice of and elect Charles William Eichbaum of Perth Aforesaid their best friend, to be their curator or guardian for the purpose of … obtaining Letters of Administration of the personal estate and effects of the said deceased to be granted to him for their use and benefit
Council will move that letters of Administration of all and singular the personal estate and effects of the said Charles William Eichbaum for the use and benefit of the said minors.
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwode Index
1841 John Harris 875 Private 5th Foot location Catalonia and Vido (Ionian Islands)
Discharge– Unfit for service due to mania & catarrh.
The mania was first apparent at Gibraltar in 1833.
31st December 1850 John Harris was advised that his application to have his sister-in-law accompany him to Western Australia was refused as she was of an age when she could provide for herself.
John Harris was one of the 5 pensioners who joined the Guard of the Convict ship Mermaid at Portsmouth due to the number of the guard being depleted by two men who were sent ashore because their children contracted measles and one man had died just prior to embarking.21st February 1852 Captain Bruce recommended that as Doctor Shipton had observed symptoms of insanity in John Harris he be kept in charge of the police under medical care as there was no lunatic asylum.
22nd April 1853 Mrs Harris petitioned the SO pensioners requesting the next house built at North Fremantle for pensioners be awarded to her husband. Bruce replied as her husband was disqualified from military duty it was debateable that he would get a cottage at all. He further remarked that it was not considered safe for John Harris to have access to arms.(Battye Library Reel 1800A):
Admission to Roman Catholic Orphanage
Margaret HARRIS age 9 – admitted 24th February 1868 – left 20th February 1874 to go to service Champion Bay
Eliza HARRIS age 9 – admitted 24th February 1868 – left 20th February 1874 to go to service Geraldton
Caroline HARRIS age 6 – admitted 24th February 1868 – left 24th September 1874 to go to service Champion Bay


Some family histories have Ann had a second marriage to a Thomas WETHERAL 28th October 1874 Fremantle. The marriage certificate for this marriage it said Ann Harris father was William Kilbride whereas on the 1st marriage it said he was William Dunn so it is probably not the same woman.