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30th Regiment Cambridgshire Crest

Royal Newfoundland Veteran Company

William Woods photograph taken at Queens Diamond Jubilee Banquet on 25 June 1897.

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NameWOODS / WOOD – William
Regiment (s)30th Regiment and Royal Newfoundland Companies
Regiment Number (s) 1352 – 30th Regiment
692 – Royal Newfoundland Companies
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
15th June 1837 / 18 years / Wigan Lancashire
Dyer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
Not yet known
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 2 years 11 months
British North America – 11 months
Newfoundland – 16 years
Length of Service22 years 71 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 23rd August 1859 / St John’s Newfoundland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Not yet known
Pension Districts1859 – 61 2nd Manchester
1862-1899 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1861 Portland England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LINCELLES 28th January 1862
Date/Place of Birthc1819 Salford Manchester England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
MOXEY Eliza
B August 1820 St Thomas Exeter Devonshire England
Date/Place of MarriageM 21st July 1850 St John’s Congregational Church Newfoundland
Children by 1st WifeWilliam B pre-1850 out of wedlock Newfoundland (William Woods father)
D pre-1850 Newfoundland
Henry B pre-1850 out of wedlock Newfoundland (William Woods father)
D pre-1850 Newfoundland
Unknown male B after 1850 Newfoundland
D at birth
Samuel B 14th January 1855 St. John’s Newfoundland
bap 20th January 1855 Anglican Church St. John’s Newfoundland

M PLAYFORD Sarah 1880 Guildford Western Australia
D 30 April 1922 Perth WA Bur Karrakatta Anglican Cemetery
Samuel and Sarah moved to Bakers Hill and owned the property alongside his brother where he raised pigs. He also bought a property in Bentley/South Perth is and raised pigs there. This farm was resumed by the government in the early 1960’s for Curtin University.
William Thomas B 3rd February 1859 St. John’s Newfoundland
bap 27th February 1859 Anglican Church St. John’s Newfoundland
M RUSS May 1893 Perth Western Australia
D 28 June 1937 Perth WA Bur Karrakatta Cemetery
A blacksmith in Perth and Fremantle before moving to Albany in 1883 where he was a blacksmith and farrier, licensee of the York Hotel and Premier Hotel, landholder, proprietor of the Katanning Refreshment Rooms at the Katanning Railway Station. Albany Town Councillor 1889-1893, gold explorer to Parkers’ Find and Norseman (1891-93), vigneron at Mt Baker Estate (Bakers Hill 1903-1911), Glen Hardey (Glen Forrest 1910-1920) and Coorinja (Toodyay 1919 – onwards still with Wood Family). He and his brother Charles who constructed the original animal cages for Perth Zoo. William later lived in South Perth and looked after his parents until they died. Later he moved to two homes in (134 and 233) Adelaide Terrace Perth . William went into business with Irwin (real estate agent) and the original Charles (Charlie Carter) and they bought up the northern side of Hay Street from Pier Street to the Criterion Hotel in 1922. The building on the corner of Hayand Pier Streets still has the Wood’s Buildings 1922 on the facade to this day.
Charles B 1863 Perth Western AustraliaBaptised 3 May 1863 Church of England Perth
M BEEL Violetta Rose Dinah 1898 Perth, Western Australia
D 10th January 1931 Perth Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery WA
After he married, Charles moved to Dongara and his blacksmith shop there is part of the pioneer village. Wood’s Beach at Dongara is named after him. Charles returned to Perth in 1915 and lived at glen Forrest for the remainder of his life.
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
MOXEY Thomas
B Not yet known
D 1831 United Kingdom
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
SOBEY Sussanah
B Not yet known
D 1863 Baxter Poorhouse Exeter Devonshire England
Land Grants / Purchases Western Australia1 April 1863 purchased South Perth Location Sub 96 of 6 acres 2 roods at 1 pound per acre. When they arrived in WA in 1862 William and Eliza rowed up the Swan River and had to camp in a tent where Langley Park now is (Stone’s Garden) where all the Perth bound guards also had to camp. William and Eliza bought the 6 acre property which is now Wesley College on 1 April 1863 (which surrounded their church/school accommodation) where they grew garden produce with the help of convict labour. This property was sold in 1873 and they moved to Whitcombe Place near the Coode Street Jetty which they later sold to sons Samuel and William.

1st April 1884 deed issued for grant of Perth Town Lot V144 of 0.3.9 acres

Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper Articles4 March 1863 – The Inquirer and Commercial News Wed 4 Mar 1863 – Contributes to Lancashire Relief Fund
1869 Subscriber to the Pensioners Benevolent Fund CO 18/165West Australian Perth Monday 6th February 1899 – page 4
Daily News Perth Friday 8th September 1899 page 2
West Australian Perth Saturday 9th February 1899 – page 4
The Daily News Monday 28 June 1937 page 2 Obituary William Wood
Departure from Western
Australia
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialD 8th September 1899 Suburban Road South Perth Western Australia
bur 9th September 1899 Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
5th February 1899 Suburban Road South Perth Western Australia
Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 British Army Worldwide census William was stationed at Bermuda soldier number 1352 with the 30th Foot

1841 UK Census – Eliza was a dressmaker in Exeter.

C 1845 Eliza went to Newfoundland around age 25 with her brother Charles Moxey via Halifax Nova Scotia.

1851 British Army Worldwide census William was stationed at Newfoundland soldier number 692 with the Royal Newfoundland Companies

C 1845-1859 William bought a 100 acres of land in Newfoundland. William and Eliza co-habited for several years before their 1850 Newfoundland marriage and had two children born out of wedlock one of which was baptised Anglican. William and Eliza left Newfoundland shortly after William Thomas was born in 1859 and moved to Manchester near Salford where William was born. part of his discharge from the Army.

1861 Census of England RG 09/2942/21 the family of William and Eliza and sons Samuel and William are living at 93 Lombard Street Manchester. William is a pensioner and Eliza a dress maker. William said he was born at Cross Lane Salford, Manchester. Both boys were born St John’s Newfoundland

1861-1862 Mrs Wood conducted the school for the children of the guard on-board the Lincelles. Dr William Crawford was the Surgeon on board and gave his ruler to William when he returned to the UK. This is still in possession of one of his descendants. 

28 May 1862 Eliza was appointed the school teacher at South Perth by the Governor on a salary of 40 pounds per annum. 1865-1871 William employed 6 Ticket of Leave Men at South Perth C 1870s-1880s William joined the Perth Rifle Volunteers and competed in shooting events in Perth, Albany and Kojonup

25 June 1897 William attended Queens Diamond Jubilee Banquet.

Family History Research and Photograph part of a Wood Family History, kindly provided by Jeff Wood a member of the WA EPG Group on Facebook