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TANSEY – Patrick 73rd Regiment

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73rd Regiment Colours
NameTANSEY – Patrick
Regiment (s)73rd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 539
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
8th April 1826 / 19 years / Dublin Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¼ in
Fair / Grey / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 9 years  4 months
North America – 3 years  1 month
Length of Service15 Years  199 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th August 1842 / Fort Pitt near Chatham  Kent  England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Ballymahon  Longford  Ireland
Pension Districts1842 Athlone
1851-1871 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851 Falmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
Date/Place of Birth1807 Schule Longford  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
QUINN Roseanna / Rosa
B  1808 (deduced)
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeTimothy bap 1st November 1842 Shrule Ballymahon Longford
John bap 20th November 1844 Schule Ballymahon Longford Ireland
M FINN Julia 1879 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1901 Balmain North New South Wales
Timothy bap 4th April 1848 Schule Ballymahon Longford Ireland
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
1st September 1851 occupied North Fremantle lot P15
1 acre 10 perches 22nd March 1858 this allotment was re-assigned to Peter Connor after Patrick Tansey was dismissed from the Force
Occupation after
None known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald  Fremantle 17th April 1869  page 3 – Patrick Tansey   drunk and incapable
The Herald  21st January 1871 page 3 – Patrick  driving without reins
West Australian Times  27th October 1873 – page 3 – Timothy Tansey  from the Canning   drunk
The Daily News  Perth 5th June 1883 –  page 3 – John  drunk
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial3rd January 1871 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1858  Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Patrick Tansey 539 Private 73rd Foot location Montreal on a ship Canada
Discharge due to loss of sight in right eye and impaired vision in left due to ophthalmia
Mary(sic) Tansey age 35 received medical treatment about the Mermaid as did J Tansey age 5 and Tim Tansey age 2 who were both treated for rubeola aboard the Mermaid.
The Surgeon Superintendent listed the Tansey family as:
Patrick, Rose, John age 7 years and Timothy age 4 years.
1st September 1851 – in Return for Pensioner’s village North Fremantle, 1 man 1 woman and 3 children all Roman Catholic
1855 Patrick and Rose Tansey and Michael and Bridget Carrol signed a document undertaking not to fight under pain of banishment from Village. ‘We the undersigned Michael CARROLL and Patrick TANSEY fully understand that if our wives are again drunk they will be sent out of the military Village of North Fremantle for good.’
23rd September 1856 Lt Col Bruce in a letter to the Governor said that although Tansey had been in occupation of P15 at North Fremantle from September 1851 until his conduct and that of his wife improved all the other pensioners had precedence for having their cottage built. He further reports of the continued acts of drunkenness of this couple and the neglect of their children.
3rd March 1858 Lt Col Bruce recommended that Patrick Tansey be dismissed from the Force for being drunk on guard. He also requests that he refund the passage money for the family to come to the Colony. Approved.
Another two children were bap with the parents Patrick TANSEY/TANZEY and Rose QUIN (sic)
John TANSEY bap 18th July 1827 at Wexford Ireland
Patrick TANZEY (sic) bap 13th October 1828 at Charleville Limerick Ireland
Whether these were children of Pensioner TANSEY yet to be confirmed.