LYONS – James 59th & 68th Regiment

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NameLYONS – James
Regiment (s)59th & 68th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 59th – 3836
68th – 2970
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
18th April 1851 / 20 / Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland / miner
Description – Height
5 ‘ 8½” / fresh / blue / brown/ None Known
Overseas Service/DurationCrimea
Length of Service4 years 75 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 3rd July 1855 / Chatham England
Campaign MedalsCrimean with clasps
Intended Residence at
Not Yet Known
Pension Districts2nd Belfast Ireland
Tilbury England
Western Australia
New South Wales Australia
Pension Paid8d Increased to 9d per day around 1876
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
8th October 1862 / Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
31st December 1862
Date/Place of Birth1831 / Ballinahinch Down 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
SMYTH  Esther
Date/Place of Marriage16th August 1856 / St. Patrick’s Belfast City
or 25 October 1855
Children by 1st WifeLYONS James  Bap 7th October 1858 St. Patrick’s Belfast City Belfast Antrim Ireland
M ROSENFELDT Elizabeth 1896 Sydney New South Wales Australia
D 16th March 1914 Randwick Sydney New South Wales Australia
LYONS Samuel   Bap 28th September 1860, St. Patrick’s Belfast City Belfast Ireland
LYONS Samuel  B 1865 Wollongong New South Wales Australia
D 7th March 1870 Wollongong New South Wales (drowned).
LYONS Emily  B 1866 Wollongong New South Wales
M MITCHELL James Roy 3rd September 1896 Sydney New South Wales Australia
D May 1915 Sydney New South Wales Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
SMYTH  Peter
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeJENKINS Sarah Grace
B 1841 (deduced)
D 10th January 1929 Roseville New South Wales Australia
Date/Place of Marriage21th October 1880 New South Wales Australia
Children by 2nd WifeEttie   B 1882  Sydney  New South Wales
D  2nd August 1972  Mona Vale New South Wales Australia
Ettie Lyons graduated from the University of Sydney in 1903 with a bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Medicine in 1908.  She was Superintendent of the Sydney Medical Mission from 1910-1917. She was a General Practitioner at Taralga (NSW) from 1917-1922.  She studied overseas for 18 months and then resumed her practice at Taralga until her retirement in 1956.
She never married but shared her life with Rebe WRIGHT.Richard Jenkins   B 1885 Sydney New South Wales Australia
M  ALEXANDER Hilda 1915 Burwood New South Wales Australia
D 13th November 1951 Roseville Sydney New South Wales Australia
Richard Jenkins Lyons graduated from the University of Sydney in 1906 with 1st class honours and the University medal.  In 1908 he was awarded a travelling scholarship and attended St. John’s College Cambridge. He returned to Sydney and took up the appointment as a lecturer in Mathematics and later Reader in Geometry at the University of Sydney.
During the war he worked for the Department of Navy Intelligence.
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Wharfinger, warder
Newspaper Articles11th March 1870  Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong) – Friday page 2 – death Samuel LYONS
22nd December 1872 Government Gazette of the State of NSW (Sydney) – Friday page 5311 – Probate Ettie LYONS
3rd September 1896 Illawarra Mercury – page 2 – James LYONS retires
4th September 1896 The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW) – Friday page 5 – James LYONS retires as NSW prison gaoler
23rd September 1896 Sydney Morning Herald – Wednesday page 1 marriage Emily LYONS
11th September 1900 Illawarra Mercury – Tuesday page 2 – examination results Richard and Ettie JENKINS
20th November 1907 Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney) – Wednesday page 15 – Veterans – James LYONS
1st December 1907 Sydney Morning Herald – Saturday page 12 – death James LYONS
18th March 1914 Daily Telegraph – Wednesday page 8 – death James Thompson LYONS
1st April 1914  Sydney Morning Herald – Wednesday page 17 – suicide James Thompson LYONS
26th May 1915  Daily Telegraph – Wednesday page 8 – funeral Emily MITCHELL
14 January 1929  Sydney Morning Herald – Monday page 10 – death Sarah Grace JENKINS
4th October 1929 Also Friday [No 132] – Supreme Court page 4156 – Probate Sarah Grace LYONS
15 November 1951 Sydney Morning Herald – Thursday Page 24 – death Richard Jenkins LYONS
Departure from Western
1864 to New South Wales
Date/Place of Death/Burial20th December 1907 / Paddington Sydney New South Wales Australia
bur  Waverley Sydney New South Wales
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNew South Wales Will Books (1800-1952) – 1907 number 41964
Further Information1851 British Army World Wide Index shows James with the 68th at Birr Ireland
After being pensioned off from the British Army in 1855 James Lyons worked for the Irish Police Force.
In 1856 he married Esther SMYTH and had two children James and Samuel.
He enlisted in the Guard for the Convict Ship York in 1862 arriving at Fremantle Western Australia on 31st December 1862.
He went to New South Wales in 1864 where he had another two children Samuel and Emily.
He was employed as a Wharfinger at Wollongong where for 7 years he supervised the loading of coal.
In 1871 he journeyed back to Belfast remaining there until 1873 when he returned to Wollongong.
About this time his wife Esther died.
He entered the Prison service in 1877 and during his time as a warder at Darlinghurst prison was commended for bravery during a lethal assault by a prisoner of a fellow warder.
He was promoted and put in charge of gaols at Mudgee, Trial Bay, Berrima and Young.
He was appointed Deputy Governor of Parramatta goal before returning to Wollongong in 1889 as governor.
During this time he married the matron of the prison Sarah Grace JENKINS and the couple had another 2 children Ettie and Richard, He retired in 1896 on a pension.