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1st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
James and Joanne Whitely, arrived Minden, 31st Regiment


Land Grant
Possibly received Sutlej Meda
NameWHITELY – James
Regiment (s)31st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1818
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
15th February 1843 / 19 years 6 months / Kilkenny Kilkenny Ireland
Description – Height
 5 Ft 7½ in
Fair / Grey / Fair / sabre wound in right shoulder and arm also left arm
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 2 years 11 months
Length of Service4 years 40 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th March 1847 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsWounded at Moodkee possibly received Sutlej Medal
Intended Residence at
Whitehall Kilkenny Ireland
Pension Districts1847 Kilkenny
1850 1st Manchester
1851 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
1873 – Increased to 1/0½d per diem for 9 years 2 months service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th July 1851 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MINDEN 14th October 1851
Date/Place of Birthc1823 Paulstown Whitehall Kilkenny 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
WALSH or WELCH Joanna/Johanna
c1830, place of birth not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage4th Qtr 1850 Manchester England
Children by 1st WifeMary B 1851 Manchester Lancashire England
D 22 January 1939 late of Mardella and Leederville
Bur Fremantle Cemetery RC
Michael B 1853 York Western Australia
bur 3rd September 1854 (10 months) York Western Australiaq
Patrick B 1853 York Western Australia
M MOFFAT Louisa Agnes 1882 Perth Western Australia
D 19 March 1924 Fremantle Western Australia
Bur Fremantle Cemetery R C
Catharine B 1855 York Western Australia
D Mercy Convent Bunbury 8 July 1929
John Francis B 1858 York Western Australia
M KENNY Mary Alice Magdalena (of Mooney Ponds Victoria) 5 October 1897 Fremantle WA
D 30 March 1939 Perth Western Australia
Thomas B 1860 York Western Australia
M O’GRADY Charlotte 14th June 1891 Fremantle Western Australia
D 22 June 1938 Fremantle WA
Bur Fremantle Cemetery RC
Margaret B 1862 York Western Australia
M KEANE Patrick 25 September 1895 Fremantle Western Australia
D 19th August 1899 North Fremantle Western Australia
Bur Skinner Street Cemetery
William Walsh B 1864 York Western Australia
D 1864 York Western Australia
bur 17th July 1864 York Western Australia
Johanna/Hannah B 1865 York Western Australia
M BOVELL Henry Joseph 1892 Fremantle WA
M 5 July 1911 BOND Joseph North Fremantle WA
D 27 September 1949 Fremantle WA bur Fremantle Cemetery RC
Bridget Ann B 1868 York Western Australia
D 30 July 1941 Fremantle WA
Bur Fremantle Cemetery R C
Eleanor Maria B 1870 York Western Australia
M REYNOLDS William 1890 Fremantle WA
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
York Pensioner lot 4 of 4 acres was assigned 20 November 1852.
Title Application 13 May 1859
Title 1671
He purchased 25 November 1864 York Suburban lots 229 and 230
Lot 229 York 5.1.7 acres
Lot 230 York 5.3.6 acres
Occupation after
Newspaper ArticlesThe West Australian Monday 2 July 1894 page 4 Death James Whitely
The W.A. Record Thursday 5 July 1894 page 8 ‘In Memorial’ James Whitely
Central Districts Advertiser and Mining Journal (Northam W.A.: 1893-1895) Saturday 7 July 1894 page 3 Obituary James
The W.A. Record Saturday 3 August 1918 page 7 ‘Death of Mrs Whitely’
The W.A. record Saturday 5 October 1895 page 8 Marriage Margaret
Western Mail Friday 18 August 1899 page 30 death Margaret
Inquirer and Commercial news Friday 8 October 1897 page 15 Marriage of John Francis
The West Australian Friday 31 March 1939 page 14 ‘Former Taxation Chief’ death of J.F. Whitely
The West Australian Friday 24 June 1938 page 1 Death Thomas
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial30 June 1894 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
D 26 July 1918 Fremantle Western Australia
Bur Fremantle Cemetery RC (Whiteley)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to a sabre wound to right shoulder and arm and also the left arm at Moodkee
In the 1851 Census of England James and his family are under the surname Whitelaw and living at 7 Alport, Deansgate Manchester. James is working as a Shoemaker journeyman and is also Chelsea pensioner. Both he and his wife Johanna were born in Ireland and his daughter Mary was born Manchester.In 1854 he received £15 for the erecting his house on his pensioner allotment at York.

In the 1859 Census of York Western Australia James and Johana (sic) were living with their family of four children Mary, Patrick, Catherine and John. James is a shoemaker and also living with them were another 4 shoemakers, fellow Pensioners David Jose and James Duffy and 2 ticket of leave men.

James had five and a half acres of crop or hay, half an acre of fallow, a half-acre kitchen garden, 4 cattle having either eaten or sold another in 1859, and nine pigs.

In 1880 he received eight shilling per month for storing the Government arms in a room of his house.

James not only took an active interest in his church but also in the local community. He was a signatory to a petition to the Legislative Council in 1868, a councillor in the local council and was president of the HAC Benefit society in 1878. Well respected in the community (see Obituary Central Districts Advertiser).

James features on pages 8-9 of “Glorious Apostles – History of the Catholic Church in York” – A.M. Clark 2009 from which the image of him and his wife on this web profile is taken.