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REDDIN / REDDEN – Michael 61st Regiment

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Claremont Pensioner Guard Village October 2010 and July 2011 EPG Gazette

Port Gregory – EPG Gazette 2001 No 3

61st South Gloucestershire Regiment
Buried at Lynton – pictured Convict Buildings there
NameREDDIN / REDDEN – Michael
Regiment (s)61st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 318
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
10th January 1825 / 20 years / Limerick Ireland
Tobacconist / House Painter
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Sallow / Grey / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationCeylon – 11 years 4 months
Length of Service22 years 123 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 11th May 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
North Shields Northumberland England
Pension Districts1847 Newcastle
1850-1854 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/2½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1805 St John’s Gate
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
REDDIN Michael
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c26th April 1824 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage9th August 1842 Newcastle on Tyne England
Children by 1st WifeMary Ann B c1842 England
M MARTIN William 26th January 1866 Albany Western Australia
D 22nd April 1862 Albany Western Australia
Buried Albany Cemetery
Benjamin B c1846 England
M BRANNIGAN Susan 1866 Albany Western Australia
Daughter of EPG Charles BRANNIGAN 31st & 95th (Seapark)
D 14th November 1876 Glanville South Australia
Michael B c1848 England
D 7th January 1877 Point Culver Western Australia
Jane B 3rd May 1852 Western Australia
D 8th June 1852 Western Australia
John Gregory B 17th August 1853 Port Gregory Western Australia
M DOGGETT Mary Ann 1878 Albany Western Australia
D 24th November 1941 Victoria Park Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
EDMOND Benjamin
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeHANNEY / HANNAY James Private Royal Sappers and Miners
Date/Place of Marriage1855 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandJames Thomas B 1860 Albany Western Australia
D 24th January 1860 Western Australia
James B 1861 Albany Western Australia
D 9th February 1861 Western Australia
Selina B 1862 Albany Western Australia
Land Grants Western
December 1850 assigned P251 and P 228 totalling 10 acres at Freshwater Bay which he resigned when assigned to Port Gregory
1853 assigned 3 acres at Port Gregory
Occupation after
1850-1852 Employed by Convict Establishment
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer (Perth WA) Wednesday 4th May 1853 page 3 Leander for Port Gregory
The Albany Advertiser Tuesday 8th October 1929 page 3 Death of Michael Reddin 1877
The West Australian Friday 28th November 1941 page 4 Obituary John Reddin
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial6th July 1854 Port Gregory Western Australia
Lynton Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
21st June 1874 Albany Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Michael Redding (sic) 318 Private 61st foot location Bolton & Woolwich
Discharge due to Varicose veins left leg and dyspnoea and declining activity
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Corporal Michel Reddin, painter, 1/2 ½ , 17th January, married 4 children
In April 1853 the governor decided to establish a Pensioner Village at Port Gregory to man the Ticket of Leave depot and accordingly on the 15th May 1 sergeant (Reddin) and 8 privates and their families were dispatched to Port Gregory on the Leander together with a party of about one hundred ticket of leave men and their officers. Unfortunately the 3 acre allotments were situated near to a salt lake hardly conducive to the growing of crops, the medical attendant J. Horrocks considered the site unsanitary. There was a problem with the lack of accommodation although it was proposed that a prefabricated barracks was to be sent up. Resident magistrate Burges reported that no medicines or medical comforts were available to the pensioners and their families and there was a shortage of rations. Sergeant Reddin wrote complaining the building of the cottages was not of an adequate standard and rations insufficient. In 1855 the pensioners were still living in tents. On 27th June 1853 Sergeant Reddin was accidentally shot by sapper and miner Corporal Gibson and although Michael appeared to recover and resumed his duties in charge of the pensioners he died on 6th July 1854. He was buried at Lynton Cemetery and the remaining pensioners were relocated at Champion Bay and Greenough Flats in 1858.
Jane and the children returned to Perth.
2nd August 1855 a Memorial was presented to the Governor on behalf of the pensioner widows Jane Reddin and 4 children, Elizabeth Conroy and 5 children, Margaret Shiels and 4 children, and Ann Parsons and 4 children advising him of their penury and of the distress caused by the imminent withdrawal of their right to live in the Depot. Col Bruce said they always knew it was a temporary arrangement, he had every sympathy for them and asked the Governor if there was any government building suitable to house them. The Governor said none was available and if they were so needy they would be admitted to the poor house
Son Michael was drowned during the building of the East-West telegraph line at Port Culver 7th January 1877.