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Dudbrook the Complete Story by Greg Larsen – a Tunney descendant

John Tunney
Sutlej Medal
80th Regiment of Foot Staffordshire
Land Grant
Land Grant Letter 1
Land Grant Letter 2
Land Grant Letter 3
Land Grant Letter 4
NameTUNNEY – John
Regiment (s)80th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 657
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th May 1827 / 17 years / Stockport Isle of Man
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Fresh / Brown / Slightly grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 7 years 4 months
East Indies – 4 years 11 months
Length of Service22 years 53 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 23rd July 1850 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsSutlej Medal with Moodkee Ferozeshuhur and Sobraon clasps
Intended Residence at
Stockport Chesire
Pension Districts1850 Stockport
1851 Maryborough
1853 – 1893 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/9 per diem
1873 Increased to 2/0d per diem for 20 years service to Enrolled Force
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 Birth1810 Ballina Mayo Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known (R.C.)
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
B 1819 Castlemarket Kilkenny Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage8th August 1842 St Mary’s Church Sydney New South Wales Australia
Children by 1st WifeJohn B 1843 born Sydney
M ADAMS Susan (Daughter of George Adams of Melbourne) in Albany 1871
D June 10 1929 at ‘Gracefields’ Western Australia
The first secretary of the Kojonup Road Board. He and Susan established the ‘Wayside Inn’ at Slab Hut Gully now known as Tunney Town and also ran the Kojonup Inn
Mary Ann B 1844 Baramfore River, Ganges, India
D 1845 India
James B 1847 Kurowlee, Bengal, India
M GUINAN Mary 10th October 1869
D 1927 ‘Gracefields’, via Kojonup Western Australia
James was a Sandalwood carter, clerk in his Father’s Commissariat Office, in 1873 rented part of Balgarup, Kojonup. He and Mary built ‘Gracefields’ around 1880 a staging post approximately 30kms south of Kojonup on Albany Hwy on Albany Perth mail route. The original house was replaced around 1910, which was then replaced in 1960’s after floods. James was also a farmer & grazier and employed 6-7 Ticket of Leave men on various occasions.
Robert Francis B 1849 Dinapore India
M COOPER Mary (Nannah) Ann 1876 Albany Western Australia
D 21 June 1910 Albany Western Australia
Catherine B Ireland 1852
M LARSEN Henri 1872 Albany Western Australia
D 10th November 1928 Muradup, Western Australia
Henri worked on a whaling vessel, jumped ship upon arrival in Albany in 1858
Edward B 1854 Albany Western Australia
M MANNING Inez Amelia (b. 15/7/1860 daughter of Charles & Matilda Manning of Albany) in Albany Western Australia
D 1904 Western Australia
Edward was employed as a storeman 1879-1889 in Albany; his wife was caretaker at Mechanic Institute 1887.
Thomas B 1857 Albany
D 1868 drowning in a well in Albany, Western Australia
Mary Elizabeth B 1859 Albany Western Australia
D 1924 Cottesloe Western Australia
A school teacher in Albany before entering Convent of Mercy, Perth in 1884 as Sister Mary Deloris
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
McCARTHY Michael
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
1st November 1861 Allocated Sub Lot P9 of 3 acres
18th July 1881 applied for Title for Albany Sub P8 3 acres purchased for £4/10/0 for his sons. Title issued 29th December 1881
Albany Sub P10 of 3 acres purchased at £4/10/0
Occupation after
1873 employed as Special Constable in charge of Convict Commissariat at Albany
1855-1871 Assistant Storekeeper Commissariat Albany
Newspaper ArticlesThe Australian Advertiser – Albany Wed 22 Feb 1893 Page 3, Sgt John Tunney Death
The Albany Advertiser Saturday 25th June 1910 page 3 Obituary Robert Francis
The West Australian Fri 21 Jun 1929 Page 1 – In memory of Robert Tunney died June 21, 1910, at Albany
Tambellup Times Wed 29 Oct 1919 Page 3 Golden Wedding Anniversary James and Mary Tunney
The West Australian Monday 11th February 1924 page 1 Funeral Notice Sister Mary Deloris
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial18th February 1893 “Gracefield” near Cranbrook Western Australia
Albany Pioneer Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
17th February 1878
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Tunny 657 Corporal 80th Foot 1/05/1841 from Private Location Parramatta NSWFor the seven years before his discharge John was a hospital sergeant.

Discharged at Chatham due to worn out from length of service
John Tunney was appointed Sergeant Major for the voyage of the Dudbrook.

Catherine Tunney age 10 months received medical treatment aboard the Dudbrook for catarrh and bronchitis
John gave evidence at the inquiry into the conduct of Charles Tranailles aboard the Dudbrook

John Tunney age 60 years retired from his position as Assistant Storekeeper Commissariat Albany after 16 years and 3 months service. His salary up to retirement was £98 and his pension was £26/2/8 paid from 1st April 1871. Reason for retirement was ‘reduction’

Jan 1857 contributed 3/- to the Florence Nightingale Fund.

Tunney and family members made significant contributions to Western Australian society and the economy.

We acknowledge Greg Larsen’s work on his ancestor Tunney and his contribution to the research of the EPS on the Dudbrook