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HUGHES – Thomas HEIC Ordnance Department 1st Bombay European Regiment

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Honourable East India Company – Painting of Battle of Ferozeshah 1845
India General Service Medal 1854-95
Indian Mutiny Medal
NameHUGHES – Thomas
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Ordnance Department 1st Bombay European Regiment
Regiment Number (s) Discharge No. 514
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11 September 1844 / 20 years / London
Description – Height
5 Ft 10½ in
Fair / Blue / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationHEIC
Length of Service22 years
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSub Conductor / 21st September 1864 / Bombay India
Campaign MedalsIndia General Service Medal
Indian Mutiny Medal
Intended Residence at
Dublin Ireland
Pension Districts1864 1st and 2nd Dublin
1866 Tilbury
1866 Western Australia
Pension Paid 2/6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th October 1866 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CORONA 22nd December 1866
Date/Place of Birthc1824 Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Baptism11th June 1827 Clondalkin Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
McEVOY Catherine nee QUIGLEY
B 1839 – Bp 19th May 1839 Clonegal Wicklow Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage10th August 1865 St Andrew Lucan Dublin Ireland
Children by 1st WifeThomas B 25th October 1866 at sea during voyage of the Corona to Western Australia
bap 18th January 1867
possibly M McLEVIE Alice 16th October 1902 St John’s (Anglican) Pinjarra Western Australia, see further information below about imprisonment
D 10th December 1944 (either #2547 or # 2589)
Rose Geraldine B 23rd March 1869 Fremantle Western Australia
bap 6th April 1869 (RC Fremantle)
M 1896 LIVIE James McKay Fremantle Western Australia
D 1956 Perth Western Australia
William B 6th August 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
bap 2nd November 1871 (RC Fremantle)
M Not yet known – D Not yet known
Edward James B 24th January 1876 Fremantle Western Australia
bap 8th April 1877 (RC Fremantle)
M Not yet known
D 1957 Perth Western Australia (tentative)
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
WHELAN Catherine
Land Grants Western
1876 granted Cockburn Sound Location P177 Willagee Swamp
20 acres
24th October 1867 application to purchase Fremantle Location S46 (5 acres) and a Town Lot in 1867 Son Edward James was granted Lot P177 of 20 acres at Willagee Swamp (Kardinya) in 1894 (Father Thomas’ original grant).
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesAlbany Mail and King George’s Sound Advertiser Wednesday 18th May 1887 page 3 Arrest of Hughes Family
West Australian 29th July 1889 page 3 Extract from Mr Timberley’s report on Rottnest Prison 1888
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial8th April 1880 Fremantle WA
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationEmbarked England 12th October 1844 per “Duchess of Northumberland” for India
Embarked India 4th September 1864 per steamer “Poonah” for England18th January 1882 Widow (Catherine) applied for poor relief;10th October 1887 son Thomas Hughes charged with the murder of Police Constable O’Connell he was found guilty of unlawfully wounding and burglary and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mrs Hughes, William, Rose and Edward were charged with feloniously harbouring and maintaining one Thomas Hughes knowing he had murdered Constable O’Connell. The charge was eventually dropped due to insufficient evidence. (Mrs Hughes was named in the first newspaper as Margaret but later changed to Kate)
Son William charged with carrying an unlicensed gun in 1887.
4th July 1888 Edward James Hughes was also arrested for having house breaking tools in his possession (aged 12) found guilty and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment (Reformatory). Rose Geraldine Livie also appeared in the newspapers in Kalgoorlie.In 1891 Mrs Catherine Hughes (widow) requested the Colonial Secretary to allow her the use of 2 rooms in the Fremantle Barracks for herself and her 3 sons Edward age 23, Patrick age 34 and William age 26 until she was able to find a place to rent. She said her property in the bush had been burnt out. Although she was offered the use of 2 rooms she declined as her sons were not in favour of living there.
The property was identified as 66 South Street land grant of 25 acres.
SROWA Cons 527 1891/0816
SROWA Cons 527 1899/0423

Jarvis Street in O’Connor (Perth suburb) was originally named Hughes Avenue because of Thomas Hughes’ occupation of the land in that area