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McPHIE / McPHEE – John 75th Regiment

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75th Regiment Stirlingshre
NameMcPHIE / McPHEE – John
Regiment (s)75th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 249
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
14th January 1824 / 20 years  / Stirling Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¼ in
Pale / Dark / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope – 13 years
Length of Service21 years 212 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th August 1845 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Stirling Scotland
Pension Districts1845 Stirling
1846 Perth Scotland
1846 Perth
1849 Dundee
1852-1854 Western Australia
1854-1858 Victoria
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
3rd May 1852 Plymouth, England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM JARDINE 1st August 1852
Date/Place of Birthc1804 Kilmallie Argyle Scotland
Date/Place of Baptism15th November 1805 Kilmallie Argyle Scotland
Date/Place of Birth
McPHEE Archibald
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
McMILLAN Unknown
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
HAY Catherine
c1811 Scotland
Date/Place of Marriage8th December 1847 Perth Scotland
Children by 1st WifeJennet B 1855 Forrest Creek Victoria
Richard B c1855 deduced from age at death
M JOHNSTON Ann Eliza 30 September 1882 Brunswick Victoria
D 6th September 1931 Brunswick Victoria
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
HAY Alexander
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Appointed night warder Convict Establishment 11th February 1853 resigned 30th November 1853
Newspaper ArticlesThe Age Thursday 26 October 1882 page 1 Marriage of Richard McPhee
The Age Saturday 19 September 1931 page 5 Bereavement Notice
The Age Monday 7th September 1932 page 1 Richard’s death notice
Departure from Western
1st January 1854 to Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial14th August 1858 Victoria
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1857 Victoria
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index 1841
John McPhie 249 Private 75th foot location Fort Beaufort Cape of Good Hope
Discharge due to rheumatism and dyspnoea
On 6th July 1914 their only son Richard wrote to Chelsea Hospital asking for information re his deceased parents John and Catherine McPhee. He stated his mother Catherine Hay was born at Perth Scotland and married in 1847 also at Perth Scotland. Apparently she had worked as a matron and he asked if she had been employed at the Chelsea Hospital and whether his father had been a patient there.
The hospital replied on 6th July 1914 that John McPhee had never been admitted to Chelsea Hospital and there was no trace Catherine Hay had worked there either as a matron or as a nurse between the years 1835 and 1852. Letters are attached to the WO 97 for John McPhie.
He also wrote to the Brunswick and Coburg Leader looking for information about his family stating he had 2 sisters and with the further information his father had been smothered by a ‘inrush of slurry’ at Forrest Creek.
An Inquest was held into the death of John McPhee on 16th August 1858, evidence was given by his mate Richard Harris and another miner Frederick Evans who helped to dig him out. Surgeon Nilham Smith pronounced his dead at the site. The jury found “ That John McPhee age 53 years was accidentally smothered in a sludge hole on the 14th August at Forrest Creek.” The report of the inquest can be found on the PROVIC website.