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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
Indian General Service Medal w Pegu Clasp
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 MedalsIndia General Service Pegu 1852-1853
Intended Residence at
Newtown Co Down
Pension Districts1857 1st Belfast
1859 Newry
1860 2nd Belfast
1860 1st Belfast
1865 Tilbury
1865-1891 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
Unknown Jane
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 ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and West Australian Journal Saturday 5th September 1846 page 3
Inquirer 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
Bur Northam Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to failing activity
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 Stationed at Swan River Perth WA
1851 Madras India
Discharge: Failing activity, When John was discharged the examining surgeon remarked he complained of a “pain in his shoulder but was robust and apparently in excellent health”
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.
On 7th August 1846 John McMillan Corporal 51st regiment in command of the military force at Rottnest gave a deposition into the treatment of prisoners by Superintendent Vincent at Rottnest.
It is not known who John married but possible candidates are Jane BLAIR married Newtownars Down 1859 or Jane COOPER married Downpatrick Down 1859.
When the land for pensioners was first allotted John McMillan was granted lot 38 beside the river, however, when the local farmers told the pensioners the land near the river would be underwater in the winter John exchanged his allotment for P1.
By 23rd June 1876 John had completed building the walls of brick and mortar of his 2 roomed cottage at Northam P1 and applied for the £15 grant.
After his wife’s death John offered for sale his substantial 4 roomed brick homestead situated on his 20 acre grant at P1 Northam. Also included in the property were a stockyard, a fowl house, a vegetable garden and 3 wells of “splendid” water.
The National Trust have classified the homestead, the following description of the house is in the Valuation report
Construction details:


All timber hand sawn, all nails handmade, bricks handmade wood fired.
Foundations: Local rock, mud mortar.
Walls: Wood fired, handmade bricks (from the banks of the Avon River), English bond, mud mortar. External render, sand and lime. Internal render, sand and lime and thin layer of plaster.
Ceilings: Timber, hand sawn – T&G pine timber – fibro
Roof: Timber frame, corrugated, galvanised iron roof.
Floors: Timber, hand sawn planks – concrete –open fire solid fuel.

John was residing at the Mt. Eliza Depot at the time of his death.