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Class of 1853 – EPFs Who became Constables – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – April 2013 EPG Gazette

NameOLIVER – Stephen
Regiment (s)6th Dragoon Guards
Regiment Number (s) 234
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th October 1825 / 19 years / Armagh Ireland
Cabinet Maker
Description – Height
5 Ft 10¾ in
Fresh / Black / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationNone
Length of Service15 years 187 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 26th April 1841 / Newbridge
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Pension Districts1841 Wolverhampton
1853 – 1856 Western Australia
1856 –Van Dieman’s Land
1856-1871 Victoria
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd November 1852 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
DUDBROOK 7th February 1853
Date/Place of BirthC1806 Disertenagh (sic) near Cookstown Tyrone Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
OLIVER Stephen
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
HALL Margaret B 1812
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNone
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
1853 Placed in charge of Fremantle Police but lost job due to alcohol issues (WA Police Record of Service)
5th October 1853 appointed Night Warder Convict Establishment resigned 29th February 1856
1855 Warder Convict Depot
Newspaper ArticlesAdelaide Times Tuesday 25th March 1856 page 2 Passenger list Thane of Fife
Weekly Times (Melbourne Victoria) Saturday 25th February 1871 page 7 Inquiry into the death of Stephen Oliver
The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian Saturday 25th February 1871
The Herald Saturday 18th February 1871 page 2
Departure from Western
Left 5th March 1856 per “Thane of Fife” for South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial14th February 1871 Victoria (WO23_62_00182)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1882 St’ Kilda Melbourne Victoria age 70
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarged due to ‘unfit for further service’ due to an inguinal hernia
Stephan Oliver was chosen specifically for the Guard because he was a sergeant and had a wife and no dependent children. He was also to be advised he was going to WA and not to the goldfields. Despite this he was employed as a corporal aboard the Dudbrook.
Stephan received medical treatment aboard the Dudbrook for rheumatism.
Stephen Oliver gave evidence in the trial of Charles Tranailles’ conduct aboard the Dudbrook.
The Surgeon Superintendent considered his conduct during the voyage to be ‘extremely good’
9th March 1853. Captain Bruce advised the CS that Sergeant Steven Oliver’s Military duties finished in the middle of April however in the event of his services being required in the Police Force earlier he would find a substitute.Refer Barker’s “Warders and Gaolers”
Stephen Oliver died as the result of a beating by Thomas Allen who was found not guilty of manslaughter