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McQUADE – Peter 72nd Regiment

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Peter McQuade
72nd Regiment Colours
South Africa Medal
Land Title York
Barrack Sgt at Convict Depot


NameMcQUADE – Peter
Regiment (s)72nd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 511
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
15th May 1826 / 17 years / Edinburgh Scotland
Description – Height
5 feet 8 inches/Fresh/hazel/dark
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope –  11 years 11 months
Length of Service22 years 106 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 28th August 1849 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSouth African Medal 1834-1853 1st Kaffir War 1834-5
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1849 – 1853 Portsmouth
1853 – 1886 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/4d per diem Increased to 2/- 30 September 1873 when he ceased to collect EF pay.
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th April 1853  London England via Cork and Rio de Janeiro
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
ROBERT SMALL 18th August 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1808 Cuthberts Edinburgh Scotland (tentative)
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
1817 England
Date/Place of Marriage1842 Portsea Island Hampshire England (Buttler)
Children by 1st WifeEllen B c1845 Ireland – York Census said England not found either
M MILNE William Henry 1866 York Western Australia
D 31st May 1908 Coolgardie Western Australia
Peter Henry Bp 14th June 1848 Sheerness, Kent, England
Mary B 3rf Qtr 1850 Portsea Island Hampshire England
Bp 6th October 1850 Portsea Island Hampshire England
M McGRISKIN Hugh 1879 York Western Australia
D 22nd October 1927 York Western Australia
William Henry B 4th Qtr 1852 Portsea Island Hampshire England
Bp 28th November 1852 Portsmouth, Hampshire England
D 10th November 1911 Beverley Western Australia

Frederick B c1855 York Western Australia.
D 26th December1932 York Western Australia
Charles Henry B 1860 York Western Australia
M 1st SCREECH Mary Ann 1884 York Western Australia (SCREAIGH)
D 7th January 1939 York Western Australia
Ambrose B 1862 York Western Australia
M MARTIN Mary Ann 1892 York Western Australia
Daughter of Pensioner James Martin (Sea Park) 15th Foot
D 7th April 1951 Belmont Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Guildford Cemetery Western Australia

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
York lot P17 – 4-0-0 acres
Assigned 31 December 1857
Title Application 5 may 1863
Title deed 1500a
Occupation after
Warder –   Barrack Sergeant 1860 In-charge of York Depot
Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald Saturday 23 June 1877 page 3 Sergeant McQuade on parade
Eastern Districts Chronicle Saturday 30th October 1886 page 6 death of Peter McQuade
Western Mail Saturday 6 June 1908 page 30 Death notice Ellen Milne
The Beverley Times Saturday 11th November 1911 page 4 Death of William McQuade
The Eastern Districts Chronicle Friday 17th November 1911 page 2 William McQuade
York Chronicle Friday 28 October 1927 page 2 Obituary Mary McGriskin
York Chronicle Friday 6 January 1933 page 3 Obituary Frederick McQuade
York Chronicle Friday 13 January 1939 page 2 Obituary Charles Henry McQuade
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial30th October 1886  York Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
October 1873 York Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3458/1892/314
On 22 November 1892 William McQuade eldest son and heir at law applied for letters of Administration as his father Peter had died intestate. He estimated the value of the estate to be less than £300
Further InformationDischarge due to rheumatic pains in shoulder and back
During the voyage of the Robert Small Peter McQuade objected to the Surgeon Superintendent altering the scale of rations supplied to the wives and children of the Guard. Things became so heated that the Surgeon Superintendent, supported by Sergeant Major Knox, reduced his rank from Sergeant to private and on the ship reaching Rio De Janeiro requested that the Senior Naval Officer remove him from the ship as he considered him “ a very dangerous character”- a request the Senior naval officer refused.
Lt. Commander J. E. Parish of HM Steam Vessel Sharpshooter from Rio de Janeiro where the ship had to put in after nearly sinking and catching fire stated:
“With regard to the pensioners Bateman and McQuade after due consideration I deemed it advisable that they should proceed to WA in the ship in order that a strict impartial Inquiry should take place etc.
(AJCP reel Reel 459 Piece 75 Despatches August – September 1853. Page 309)
At a subsequent inquiry held on board the Robert Small on 23 August 1853 Captain Bruce said “Sergeant McQuade appears to me to have been right in principle though wrong in manner and deportment for I consider the Surgeon Superintendent possessed no authority to modify the scales of rations”.
Furthermore he said the Surgeon had no authority to reduce his rank.
Peter McQuade was treated twice by the Surgeon Superintendent during the voyage of the Robert Small, firstly on 8th July (McBride) and secondly on 5th August, both time the surgeon gave malingering as the reason for treatment.
On the 1859 York census Peter McQuade was living with his wife Elizabeth age 42 and children Ellen age 15, Mary age 9, William age 7 all born England and son Frederick age 4 born Western Australia. All could read & write and were Church of England.
He had 4 acres of wheat and a further 5 ½ acres cleared and ready for cultivation and owned 6 head of cattle and 1 pig.
October 1873 the York Depot supplied a coffin for his wife
24th April 1861 Applied to Purchase York Lot 277 5-1-10 space acres £6-6-3
14 January 1881 Allowances for Non-commissioned officers for looking after the arms etc
Sergeant McQuade York 15/- plus 8/- allowance