PIDGEON – George 62nd Regiment

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62nd Wiltshire Regiment of Foot

Land Grant

Lived York – pictured is Convict Depot now Residency Museum

NamePIDGEON – George
Regiment (s)62nd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1059
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
28th March 1834 / 18 years 6 months / Leicester Leicester England
Trimmer and Dyer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 10 in
Sallow / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 12 years 9 months
Length of Service21 years 62 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 4th May 1855 / Mullingar Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Leicester England
Pension Districts1855 Leicester
1856-1870 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th June 1856 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RUNNYMEDE 7th September 1856
Date/Place of Birthc1816 St. Margaret’s Leicester Leicestershire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
PIDGEON John
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
COLLINS Mary Ann
c1823 East Indies (India)
Date/Place of Marriage3rd August 1842 Fort William Bengal India
Children by 1st WifeJohn B 12th June 1844 Dinapore India
BP 30th June 1844 Dinapore
George B Registered 1st Qtr 1949 Liverpool England (Mother Collins)
D 1929 Moora Western Australia (possibly)
Mary Ann B c1851 Not yet known Ireland
M MITCHELL Thomas 12th October 1867 possibly Rottnest Island Western Australia
Frederick B 1858 York Western Australia
M MOATE Frances 1881 York Western Australia
D 23rd April 1944 York Western Australia
Bur York Cemetery WA
Elizabeth B 1860 York Western Australia
D 9th May 1865 Fremantle Lunatic Asylum Western Australia
Charlotte B 1863 York Western Australia
D 1888 Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
COLLINS Henry
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
Land Grant P12 York of 4 acres
Assigned 31 December 1857
Title Application 7th March 1865
Title deed 2028
Purchase cancelled for York Lot 276
5.1.10 acres
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 39 August 1865 page 2 Hunt expedition and George Pidgeon
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 9th May 1888 page 3 Death of Elizabeth Pidgeon
York Chronicle Friday 28th April 1944 page 2 Obituary Frederick Pidgeon
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1870 York Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
1881 Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationAt the time of the marriage Mary Ann Collins age 16 was a ward of the lower Orphan’s School
Discharge due to being worn out after long service in the tropics
SROWA Cons 101/060 1859 Census of York Western Australia.
The form was filled out and signed by George Pidgeon himself as follows:
George Pidgeon age 43 married C of England Labourer can read and write free arrived Runnymede 1856 born England married East Indies
Mary Pidgeon wife age 36 married C of England Can read and write free arrived Runnymede 1856 born East Indies married East Indies
George Pidgeon son age 11 single C of England free can read born England
Mary Pidgeon daughter age 7 single C of England can read born Ireland
Frederick Pidgeon son age 2 C of England born York WA
George had 1 ½ acres of wheat; 2 ¼ acres of hay and green crops; cleared land 2 acres; kitchen garden of 12 roods
No livestock
George Pidgeon was one of the pensioners who accompanied CC Hunt on his expedition from 17th January -16 August 1865 to find an inland route to the north sinking new wells and shoring up existing ones along the way as well as blazing the trail. Unfortunately it was conducted at the worst time of the year and great hardship was endured. At the end of the expedition George Pidgeon was sent as a messenger from Kookoordie to York on foot- a distance of about 200 miles which he accomplished in 6 days – this from a man who was discharged from the army as being worn out.
In 1868 son George Pidgeon was admitted to the Fremantle Asylum after his father complained of his behaviour to the resident magistrate York who recommended he be examined by a doctor. The doctor found that after an attack of fever he was no longer capable of looking after himself and found him to be insane.
9th February 1869 Pensioner George Pidgeon was arrested at York and charged with deserting his wife and children, he was ordered to pay 5 shillings a week for their support. On 11th February he was gaoled for 1 month for drunkenness and disorderly conduct.