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12th Suffolk Regiment Cap Badge
Land Grants
Isaac Smiths Gravestone
NameSMITH – Isaac
Regiment (s)12th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1016
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd February 1836 / 19 years / Ipswich Suffolk England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6¼ in
Not Stated / Brown / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 10 years
Australian Colonies – 3 years 2 months
Length of Service22 years 134 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 15th June 1858 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot known
Intended Residence at
Chatham Kent England
Pension Districts1858 1st Belfast
1862 1st Liverpool
1863 2nd Liverpool
1864-1892 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0½d per diem
1878 Increased to 1/6½d per diem for Service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th January 1864 Portland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 13th April 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1817 Wickham Market Woodbridge Suffolk England
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
c1835 Ireland (1851 UK Census)
Date/Place of Marriage4 Aug 1851 Chatham, St Mary, Kent, England
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth Ellen B at sea between Hobart and Fremantle
c January 1856 see further information
Bp Ellen 16 January 1856 Perth WA FS
M McKENNA John 5th April 1883
D Ellen McKenna 24 February 1940 Mt Lawley Perth
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery Perth WA
Mary/Mercy Dolphin B c1858
Bp 30th May 1858 St. Mary’s Barracks Brompton Garrison Church Kent England
M HOUSTON William Russell 1878 Perth WA
D 4 May 1904 West Perth WA
Bur East Perth Cemetery WA
Hannah Victoria B c1862
M MOUNTAIN Thomas 3rd May 1879 Roebourne Western Australia (Anna Smith)
M BARR James Henry 1891 Albany Western Australia
D 2nd August 1897 Perth WA
B East Perth Cemetery WA as Hannah Ann Victoria BARR
Rose b c1864
M CAMM Michael 1883 Perth Western Australia
D 23rd August 1928 Boulder Western Australia
Bur Kalgoorlie RC Cemetery Western Australia
Lucy May B 27th April 1866 Perth Western Australia
Bp 4 August 1887 Perth WA
M McDONALD John 1887 Perth WA
D 23rd May 1934 Leederville WA
Henriette bap 1869 Western Australia
M MULLANE Willian 1888 Perth Western Australia
D 12 th April 1898 Perth WA
Georgina B c1871 Western Australia
M McGUCKIN Joseph Thomas 1893 Perth WA
D 6 August 1937 Perth WA
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery Perth WA
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
CREED John (Soldier)
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Perth Lot 80E Corner Bennett and King Streets East Perth
0.2.15 2 roods 15 perches Assigned 21 July 1881 Title Application 10th July 1883 Title 5/1496
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer and Commercial News 13th February 1856 page 2 Arrival of the Windsor
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 3rd February 1858 page 2 Departure of the Dolphin
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 30th March 1892 page 3 Obituary Isaac Smith
The West Australian 5th August 1897 page 4 Death notice Hannah Barr
The West Australian Friday 15th April 1898 page 4 Memorial notice for Henrietta Mullane
Western Mail Saturday 14th May 1904 page 17 Death notice Mercy Houston
The West Australian Saturday 25th August 1928 page 1 Death notice Rose Camm
The West Australian Saturday 26th May 1934 Death Lucy McDonald
Departure from Western
Widow travelled to England 1906
Date/Place of Death/Burial18th March 1892 Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
16th February 1916
Broomhall says Ipswich UK and there is no death notice for her in WA .In the 1911 Census of England RG 14/213/18/18 An Ellen Smith is living as a boarder at 83 Vernon Street Ipswich. She is a “pensioner”, widow, infirm, 75 years of age, born in Australia? An Ellen W Smith died 2nd quarter 1916 age 80 at Ipswich, Suffolk England.
Will or ProbateSROWA Acc 31
SMITH Isaac 12th Regt. 1/6 ½ d
Applies for allotment of Y268 Wanneroo Road. Reply: Already given to McElroy – no other allotment in that locality. 25 Feb 81.
SMITH Isaac Again applies for Perth Town Lot 32 or 33, asked which he selects No. 32 granted 10 March 1881.
Smith Isaac Mrs for her husband wants Occupation Certificate. Stated nothing taken for giving up to [Selles….] 6 Aug 81
Further Information1841 British Army Census 12th Foot Location Mauritius
1851 British Army Census 12th Foot Location Chatham
In the 1851 Census (HO 107/1611/417/38 Isaac Smith is a single man age 35 with his regiment at Chatham, Medway Kent, born Wickham Suffolk
The 12th regiment was in Australia from 1854 to 1867 arriving on the ships Camperdown, Princess Eugenie and Gloucester. They saw service at the uprising of Eureka and Lambing Flats and some even served during the Maori wars as well as the other Australian states.
Isaac Smith first came to WA as a soldier of the 12th regiment in 1856 from Hobart Tasmania on the ship
The Windsor arrived Swan River on the 9th February 1856 with 3 officers, an assistant surgeon and 87 soldiers of whom 26 who had served at the Eureka Stockade arrived in Australian on the Camperdown, 57 arrived on either the Empress Eugenia or Camperdown and 5 on the Gloucester.
Isaac’s daughter Elizabeth Ellen Windsor Smith was born on the voyage of the Windsor and baptised Ellen Smith on 16th January 1856 Perth WA.SpaceThe inquiry into Isaac Smith’s service was held at Perth Western Australia 10th December 1857 and he departed 1st February 1858 on the Dolphin for the UK where his discharge was approved at Chatham on 15th June 1858.
Isaac’s daughter Mercy Dolphin may have been born during the return voyage to the UK as it was fashionable to include the name of the ship when a child was born at sea. .
During the voyage of the Clara I. Smith was one of the six guards reported for gross negligence of duty in taking his ammunition from a pouch and concealing it in the barracks, Grog stopped for 3 days and the matter to be referred to the Commandant at Fremantle.
Mrs Smith was also insolent and threatened that given the chance she might jump from the ship.

Further information on the 12th Regiment in Australia can be found on 12th Regiment of Foot (East Suffolk) Service in Australia and New Zealand by Ken Larbalestier, parts 1 & 2.