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76th Regiment of Foot
NameHOBBS – Abraham
Regiment (s)76th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 2097
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
9th January 1843 / 18 years /Cork Cork Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¾ in
Fresh / Grey / Light Brown
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 5 Years
North America – 4 years  6 months
Length of Service16 Years 345 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 27th February 1860 /  possibly Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Cork  Ireland
Pension Districts1860 1st Cork
1860 2nd Dublin
1861 Carlow
1861 2nd Dublin
1862 Tilbury
1862-1874 Western Australia
1874 Victoria
1876-1878 Western Australia
1878-1881 Victoria
1881-1882 New South Wales (Transferred to Sydney 7th January 1881)
1882-1884 New South Wales (Transferred to Cork 1st February 1882)
1884-1887 Victoria (Transferred to Cork 20th January 1887)
1887 Cork
1890-1891 Victoria
1891-1892 Brisbane Queensland (Transferred to Brisbane 11th April 1891)
1891-1892 Cork, Ireland (Transferred to Cork Ireland 12th July 1892)
Pension Paid10d per diem
1878 Increased to 1/2d per diem service in Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
8th October 1862  Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
YORK 31st December 1862
Date/Place of Birth1825 Millstreet Cork 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
FLOOD Rosanna
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage8th March 1859 Curragh Camp Kildare Ireland
Children by 1st WifeThomas (HOPS)  B 9th January 1861 St. Nicholas Without Dublin City Ireland
James B 6th June 1862 St Nicholas Without Dublin City Ireland
Abraham Thomas B  8th January 1864  Perth Western Australia
D 15th March 1865 Fremantle Western Australia
bur  St. Patrick’s Cemetery Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
Helen / Ellen B 29th June 1865  Perth Western Australia
Rose Ann B 1867 Western Australia
Deborah  B  29th July 1869  Fremantle Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeRosanna HOBBS married bigamously Maurice A. E. STEPHANE
(aka Otto Stephan / Thomas Stevens)  (SROWA)
Date/Place of Marriage1872  Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandPossibly Twins: Adeline and Alphonse Eugene B 1873 Fremantle
(father given as Alphonse Eugene STEPHANE and mother as Rosanna Flood)
Adeline STEPHANE m TURNER Arthur Emmanuel. Fremantle 1892
D 1893 age 20 Fremantle WA
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald Saturday 1st April 1876 page 2 Albyn’s Isle passengers page 2
The Herald Saturday 23rd February 1878 – page 2 – HOBBS to Port Augusta
Inquirer 19th December 1890 – page 5 – Rosanna STEPHANE charged
The West Australian Friday 8th December 1893 – page 3 – STEPHENE’s charged disorderly conduct
Daily News 1st December 1897 – page3 – STEPHENE’s charged disorderly conduct.
There are many mentions of an Abraham Hobbs in the Victorian Newspapers but none identify him with being a pensioner – there was another man of the same name who died in Victoria in 1899
Departure from Western
He left WA in 1874 and returned 1876 on the Albyn’s Isle 24th March 1876 before departing 17th February 1878 on the Bessie for Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial28th September 1904 Kilmainham Barracks Dublin Ireland
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
25th November 1910 Claremont Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationSROWA  has several entries on the family

1851 British Army World Wide Index has Abraham with the 76th Regiment at Corfu, Ionian Islands and Malta.

1851 British Army Worldwide Index has Abraham with the 76th Regiment at Corfu, Ionian Islands and Malta.
Discharge: “Corporal Abraham Hobbs of the 76th Regt labourers under defective vision of both eyes which renders him unfit for service. The disability was first noticed in 1856 while stationed at Camp at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and appears to arise from Constitutional infirmity. It therefore cannot be justly attributed to intentional neglect, vice, or misconduct on his part”.
2 April 1873 Edward D. Harvest requested to be informed whether the wife and children of Pensioner A. Hobbs (77th Foot, 10d pension) were still being supported by the Local Government as H(is)E(xcellency) can authorise that a stoppage of 1/3 of Hobbs pension be made to his wife who he had left destitute and 1/3 for the children.
In 1874 Abraham Hobbs left Western Australia for Victoria returning in 1876
28 August 1876. ABRAHAM HOBBS charged Rosanna Hobbs alias Stephane, married woman, with feloniously marrying one John Stephane on the 20th May 1872 her former husband ABRAHAM HOBBS being the above, remanded 8 days. 4 September 1876 Remanded 8 days.
11 October 1876 Memorandum: W. Dale Officer in Charge of Poor House.
Re the return of Archibald Hobbs to the Colony was now employed on the night Duty Force being in a position where he could maintain his children one of whom was in the Poor House and 2 were in the RC Orphanage.
13 October 1876 Colonel Harvest replied:
“As soon as he could he would employ Hobbs on the Day Force to entitle him to quarters and rations in the Barracks and would enable him to support the children and sent them to school”.
“He is unfortunately situated as his wife is married to another man in Fremantle and the charge of bigamy which he bought against her has fallen through from want of Coincidental proof that she was the woman to whom he was married at the Curragh in 1859”.