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99th Regiment Lanarkshire
Regiment (s)99th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1228
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd August 1839 / 18 years / Athlone Roscommon Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fair / Hazel / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationAustralian Colonies – 13 Years 2 months
Length of Service21 years 105 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 29 October 1860 / Cork Ireland
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Kilkenny Ireland
Pension Districts1860 Kilkenny
1862 Tilbury
1862-1900 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
1874 Increased to 11½d per diem for 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 Birth1821 St. Peter’s Athlone 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
B 1841 (Deduced)
Date/Place of Marriage24th July 1862 Callan Kilkenny Ireland
Children by 1st WifeWilliam B April 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
Anne B 18 August 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
M ANDERSON Robert 1883 Fremantle Western Australia son of EPG Francis Anderson (Merchantman 1863)
Joanna (Jane) B 8th June 1866 Fremantle Western Australia
M 1st STEPHENSON George Scott 1891 Perth Western Australia
M 2nd CHAMPION Isaac Pemberthy 1902 Western Australia
D 20th March 1923 Bayswater Western Australia
bur Wesleyan Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
George Henfry B July 1869 Not yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThere are many newspaper reports of Michael MELIA (sic) being charged with drunkenness in Western Australia
West Australian Times   Friday 20th November 1874 – page 3 – Michael MEALIA drunk
West Australian   Saturday 17th January 1885 – page 5 – Michael MELIA was robbed
West Australian Thursday 4th June 1891 – page 3 – – Michael MEALIA – attempted suicide
The West Australian Tuesday 9th June 1891 – page 3 – Michael MELIA – attempted suicide
Western Mail   Saturday 16th November 1889 –  page 22 – attempt to save Jane CHAMPION
West Australian Friday 23rd March 1923 – page 1 – death of Jane CHAMPION
Departure from Western
None known
Date/Place of Death/Burial6th October 1900 Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery (Melea) Congregational AA 0092
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1886 Anne Mealia age 45 Guildford Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army World Wide Index shows MEALIA with 99th in Dublin Ireland
1851 British Army World Wide Index shows MELIA with 99th in Van Dieman’s Land Australia
Discharge: At own request having completed 21 year service
On 27 Nov 1877 W. Dale (Immigration Officer) wrote to the Colonial Secretary on behalf of Ann MELIA, who has not lived with her husband Michael MELIA for upwards of 10 years, requested her son George Henfry MELIA be admitted to the Protestant Orphanage as he was in danger of running astray. Approved. Line breakMichael MEALIA wrote to the Colonial Secretary in March 1873 saying that he had a medical certificate saying he was unfit for heavy labour but Mr DALE put him with the able bodied paupers with their stigmatised dress for which he was not old he was too unfit. W. DALE said he met MEALIA in the street and was grossly insulted by him, as a pensioner he bears a bad character.
17th November 1885 Michael was admitted to the Colonial Hospital with broken ribs and then admitted to Depot.
Michael under the name of Mealia or Melia was charged numerous times with drunkenness and spent much of his time in imprisonment until being admitted to the Depot towards the end of his life.