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McMILLAN / McMILLEN – John 51st Regiment

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Northam History by Jeanette Lee – July 2009 EPG Gazette

51st Regiment West Riding
Land Grant
Regiment (s)51st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1031
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
28th December 1836 / 18 years / Belfast Antrim Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationVan Diemen’s Land – 7 years 7 months
East Indies – 7 years 5 months
Length of Service20 years 179 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th January 1857 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Newtown Co Down
Pension Districts1857 1st Belfast
1859 Newry
1860 2nd Belfast
1860 1st Belfast
1865 Tilbury
1865-1892 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
1878 Increased to 11½d per diem for service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1818 Grey Abbey 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
Possible BLAIR Jane married Newtownars Down 1859
COOPER Jane married Downpatrick Down 1859
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot 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
Northam Lot P1
20 acres
Occupation after
Farmer on own allotment
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 30 August 1882 Death of Jane McMillan
West Australian Tuesday 12 September 1882 page 2 sale of Property P1
The West Australian Monday 4 May 1891 page 3 Drowning of John McMillan
The West Australian Wednesday 6 May 1891 page 4 Inquest into the drowning
Departure from Western
John McMillan Left Western Australia with his regiment on the Java February 1847 for service in India. Eighteen years later after being pensioned off he returned to Western Australia as a Pensioner guard with his family on the “Racehorse”
Date/Place of Death/Burial2 May 1891 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemetery
Date/Place of Death/Burial
27 August 1882 Northam
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to failing activity
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 Stationed at Swan River Perth WA
1851 Madras India
2 detachments from the 51st regiment arrived at the Swan River Colony on 25th June 1840 from Hobart to relieve the 21st regiment; in February 1847 they re-joined their regiment and left Fremantle per Java for Calcutta.