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94th Regiment Badge
Died Convict Depot now Old Swan Brewery
NameWATKINS – John
Regiment (s)94th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 901
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
21st September 1833 / 19 years 4 months / Bury St Edmonds Suffolk England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6¼ in
Fresh / Hazel /Dark Brown / Injury to left hand
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 11 months
Length of Service7 years 262 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 9th June 1841/ Fort Pitt England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Newmarket England
Pension Districts1841 Bury St Edmonds
1850-1902 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March Portsmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of BirthC1814 Dalham Newmarket Suffolk England
Date/Place of Baptism21st May 1814 St Mary Dalham Suffolk England
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Unknown Sarah
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
LOFFTTS Elizabeth
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeSamuel b 1843
Bp 3rd November 1843 St Mary Dalham Suffolk England
D 30th March 1845 St Mary Dalham Suffolk England
Susan b 28th October 1848
Bp 21st November 1848 St. Mary Dalham Suffolk England
D 20th April 1848 Dalham Suffolk England
Charles b 1850
Bp 3rd February 1850 West Tilbury Essex England
D 9th June 1850 aboard the Scindian
Emma B 1854 Bibra Lake Western Australia
M BONNER Thomas Samuel 1882
D 1922 Perth WA
George B Not yet Known
1 child – unknown names
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd WifeNot yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 2nd WifeNot yet known
Land Grants Western
7th August 1850 assigned Lot P17 South Perth
Resumed 31st December 1853 – on dismissal from Enrolled Force
1861 off pension: 1865 pension restored
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
The West Australian Tuesday 25th March 1902 page 4 Funeral Notice
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial24th March 1902 Mt. Eliza Depot Perth Western Australia
Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1872 Perth Western Australia (tentative)
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Watkins 901 Private 94th Foot Depot 8th May 1841 location Invalid at Fort Pitt Chatham Kent.
Discharged after receiving injury to left hand and two joints of little finger cut off by natives who attacked him at Cannamore on returning to Barracks on the night of 8th July 1840.22nd May 1850 son Charles aged 3 months was treated for pneumonia on board the Scindian-died 9th June 1850 he apparently suffered from breathing difficulties from the time of embarking.After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private John Watkins, farm labourer, 6d, 16th January, married 2 children
John Watkins, pensioner age 33 was treated for rheumatism during the voyage

John Watkins was one of the Scindian pensioners allotted land at South Perth. All of the pensioners resigned their land as it was only accessible by the river and too isolated. Captain Bruce tried to establish a wood cutting enterprise but it was a dismal failure due mainly to the difficulty of reaching the market at Fremantle.

23rd September 1854 Captain Bruce requested John Watkins 94th be struck off the Enrolled Force for drunkenness

17th April 1890 John Watkins age 80 applied for entry into Mt. Eliza as he said he was ‘past work and destitute.’ The Superintendent William Dale asked permission to contact his son George who was a single man working at the Beaufort River (Kojonup) to contribute to his father maintenance.
SROWA Cons 527 1153/90