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77th Regiment
Land Grant
NameSHEA – Patrick
Regiment (s)77th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 341
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
8th December 1823 / 14 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 5 in
Sallow / Grey / Brown / Marks of corporal punishment
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 10 years 3 months
Mediterranean – 2 months
Length of Service21 years 100 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 14th May 1850 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Hull Yorkshire but resided in Jersey
Pension Districts1850 Jersey (residing 6 Poonah Road St Helier Jersey)
1852 Tilbury Fort
1853-1873 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d 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 Birthc1810  Ennis Clare Ireland
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
LAMEY/LEMY Elizabeth
C 1818 Ireland (place 1851 census, birth deduced from death)
Date/Place of Marriage16 Jun 1846 Templemore Ireland (Patrick of the 77th)
Children by 1st WifeRobert B 1848 Registered September Quarter 1848 in Portsea Island Hampshire (Mother Lemy)
D c6th December 1862 De Grey River near Roebourne Western Australia
John B c1853
M DUNNE Mary 1875 Fremantle WA
D c1st September 1875 Yule River Northwest near Roebourne WA
Elizabeth B 2nd June 1853 Perth WA
Bp 15th June 1853 Perth WA
Louisa B 1858
M 20th May 1876 SWEENEY James 1875 Fremantle
D 03 March 1912 Fremantle Western Australia
Helen/Ellen B 1855 Fremantle Western Australia
D 22nd October 1869 Fremantle Western Australia
Buried 22 October 1869, daughter aged 14 of Patrick – Skinner Street Cemetery, Registered St Patrick’s Church, Fremantle.
Mary Ann B 5 January 1859 Western Australia
Baptised 19 January 1859 Western Australia
D Not yet known
Michael James B 13 July 1864 Western Australia
Baptised 24 July 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
D July 24, 1912, at the Sanatorium, Spring Kell, Modderfontein, South Africa, (Sergeant Michael James Shea, late 1st W.A. Bushmen)
Patrick Thomas (known as Thomas) B 6 July 1867 Western Australia
Baptised 17 July 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
M Gregg Winifred Maloney 1909
D 5th December 1942 Palmyra WA
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
Assigned land in North Fremantle resigned 1864
Michael James Shea son of Pensioner Patrick Shea application to purchase:
15th November 1864 Fremantle Town lot S16 of 4 acres at £1 per acre
7th December 1864 Fremantle Town Lot S15 of 5 acres at £1 per acre
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News 17th November page 6 and 24th November 1869 page 2 Death of Ellen
The Herald (Fremantle WA) Saturday 27th November 1875 page 3 death of John
The Herald Saturday 15th January 1876 page 4 Trial of natives for the murder of John Shea (abandoned)
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 1st November 1876 page 2 Probate Notice
The West Australian Sat 13 Dec 1894 – Death Notice Elizabeth
Page 4, leaving residence of son-in-law James Sweeney The West Australian Mon 4 Mar 1912 Page 1 – Funeral of Louisa Sweeney nee Shea
The West Australian Fri 23 Aug 1912 Page 1 Death of Michael James Shea brother to sister L C Sweeney
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial6th June 1873 Western Australia age 63
Buried 7 June 1873 Skinner Street Cemetery, Registered St Patrick’s Church, Fremantle.
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1894 aged 76 “Pensioner’s Barracks” Western Australia
Buried 12 December 1894 Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle, St Patrick’s Church, Fremantle
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarged at Chatham due to chronic rheumatism. Character described as “very bad” (numerous courts martial)
In the 1841 Census Patrick Shea age 30,single, is a soldier living at the Chatham Barracks Chatham By 1851 a Chelsea pensioner, married, residing 6 Poona Rd, St Helier, Jersey with his wife Elizabeth age 30 born Ireland and their son Robert age 2 born England1855 charged with military offences-Supplying liquor to a Ticket of Leave man (SROWA Cons 36 Vol 334 Folio 21)
1855 Return of Pensioners living at the Pensioner Village shows Patrick Shea living with his wife and 3 children all are of the Catholic faith.16th February 1857 Lt. Col Bruce wrote to the Colonial Secretary regarding the unacceptable conduct of Pensioner Patrick Shea of the North Fremantle Village. Apparently on 4th September 1856 Shea was guilty of drunkenness and beating his wife who was also drunk, although he was given a second chance he was again reported by Sergeant Allen and Pensioner William Gaunt that on 2nd February 1857 he was drunk and using very improper language. Bruce asked for him to be evicted from the North Fremantle village a request the governor approved. 

Dec 1862 diagnosed suffering from heart disease and unable to pursue any laborious occupation.

27th December 1862 Colonial Secretary to RM Fremantle Patrick Shea to report for admission to hospital and to perform light labour in the public garden.

Son Robert Shea was killed by Aborigines in the Northwest (De Grey) on or about 6th December 1862 his brother John had the same fate in about the same area in 1875 while rounding up Aborigines for the pearling fleet. John Shea was the part owner of the pearling lugger “Rose”.

26th January 1874 The Resident Magistrate wrote to the Colonial Secretary asking for outdoor relief for Mrs Shea, Reverend Johnson said she was failing in health and had 2 children to support, her son in the North-west had been murdered by natives. However Superintendent Dale made enquiries and said that she was a strong healthy and hearty woman who owned a horse and cart and bought blackboy in for sale. She had 2 children at home one of whom was old enough to do boys work, further more she had a son in the North West coast doing well and able to support her.

The Colonial Secretary said he saw no reason why she should be given relief.

Mrs Shea reapplied 20th October 1875 saying she had 2 children to support James age 12 years and Thomas age 7 years (this may have been Patrick)

30th October 1875 Once again William Dale made inquiries and said she is in possession of a horse and cart and brings blackboy in to Fremantle for sale. She has 5 acres of land and formerly had 2 cows. Sees no reason why she should be given relief.

24th November 1875 Elizabeth Shea again wrote to the Colonial Secretary requested assistance saying: ‘Some time ago my son Robert who had been kind to me was murdered on the Northwest Coast and six months afterwards my husband died broken hearted. Lastly my son John has recently been murdered by natives – this son had afforded me means of support and had maintained his younger brothers and sisters: by his loss I am rendered almost destitute and being 54 years of age am unable to provide for those left to me’.

She said the property her sons had come by honestly and is scattered she knows not where.