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61st South Gloucestershire Regiment
NameSHEIL / SHIEL – Michael
Regiment (s)61st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 550
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1st January 1827 / 20 years / Athlone Westmeath Ireland.
Description – Height
5 Ft 10½ in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCeylon – 11 years 4 months
Length of Service21 years 263 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 10th October 1848 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1848 Chatham
1849 Limerick
1853 Tilbury Fort
1853-1854 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
June 2 1853 Kingstown, Dublin, Ireland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PHOEBE DUNBAR 30th August 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1807 Kilton Roscommon 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
HANNAN Margaret
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage9th June 1844 Killaloe Clare Ireland
Children by 1st WifeJohn bap 2nd July 1845 St Patrick’s Cork City Cork Ireland
M HUSTON Ellen (Daughter of EPG Arthur Huston) 18th January 1874 Port Adelaide South Australia
D 17th December 1902 Port Adelaide South Australia
Bur Cheltenham Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Thomas Patrick Charles (possibly adopted) B c1846 St Mary’s Barracks Chatham Kent England
M 1st CLARKE Helen 8th May 1870 St Lawrence North Adelaide South Australia
M 2nd DANCEY Maggie 19th November 1895 Holy Cross Church Goodwood South Australia
D 17th August 1923 Port Adelaide South Australia
Mary Ann B 1848 Kent England
M RUSSELL Thomas 25th December 1872 St Patrick’s Presbytery Adelaide South Australia
D Not yet known
Michael bap 19th October 1851 Killaloe Clare Ireland
M CLANCY Catherine 1st October 1874 Yatala Adelaide South Australia
D 3rd October 1917 Port Adelaide South Australia
bur Cheltenham Cemetery South 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
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Express and Telegraph 20th February 1874 page 2 Marriage of John and Ellen Huston
The Advertiser Tuesday 2nd October 1917 page 4 Account of death of son Michael Shiel
Port Adelaide News Friday 24th August 1923 page 6 Obituary Thomas Shiels (sic)
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial16th or 19th February 1854 Fremantle Western Australia
bur 16th (sic) February at St Patrick’s Cemetery Skinner Street Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index
1841 550 Private Michael Shiel location Woolwich and Bolton
Discharge: Due to chronic rheumatism and dyspnoea.
June 26th 1853 while onboard the Phoebe Dunbar Michael Shiel age 1 year 8 months was treated for convulsions and on July 27th Mary Shiel age 5 years 6 months also received treatment this time for pertussis both were discharged well.
After Michael’s death Margaret was one of the four destitute widows of pensioners who was awarded relief from the Resident Magistrate at Fremantle.
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 but 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 houseJohn Shiel was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide Hospital 14th October 1902 age 57. He was living at Port Adelaide and working as a labourer, no further information. His wife Ellen Sheil (sic) was also admitted to the hospital on 11th July 1893 age 43. She was Roman Catholic and living at Port Adelaide, she said she was born in the USA and had been in the colony for 40 years. No ship of arrival.