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WRIGHT – Joseph aka STURMAN – George 46th and 45th Regiment

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Racehorse Diary of Pensioner Joseph Wright – Transcribed Jeanette Lee

NameWRIGHT – Joseph aka STURMAN – George
Regiment (s)46th and 45th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1503 / 2439
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
27th November 1839 / 18 years / Gloucester England
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationGibraltar – 1 year 9 months
Monte Video – 9 months
Cape of Good Hope –  12 years 8 months
Length of Service21 years 52 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 15th January 1861 / Discharge approved Horse Guards not actual date of discharge
Campaign Medals1850-1853 Kaffir Medal
Intended Residence at
Dewsbury Yorkshire England
Pension Districts1861 Leeds
1861 Halifax
1865 Tilbury
1865-1902 Western Australia
Pension Paid10d per diem
1874 Increased to 1/2d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Swinford Lutterworth Leicestershire England
Date/Place of Baptism23rd December 1821 Swinford Leicester England
Date/Place of Birth
c1792 Swinford Leicestershire England
Date/Place of Birth
HIPWELL Elizabeth
c1790 Swinford Leicestershire England
c1811 Swinford Leicestershire England
SiblingsThomas bap 27th March 1814 Swinford Leicestershire England
D 1881 Swinford Leicestershire England
John bap 14th April 1816 Swinford Leicestershire England
D 1901 Swinford Leicestershire England
Joseph bap 16th November 1817 Swinford Leicestershire England
Elizabeth bap 5th December 1819 Swinford Leicestershire England
Mary bap 15th August 1823 Swinford Leicestershire England
Henry bap 15th February 1829 Swinford Leicestershire England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
PYRAH Hannah
c1839 Yorkshire England
Date/Place of Marriage1860 Dewsbury Yorkshire England
Children by 1st WifeSTURMAN Mary Elizabeth b 23rd November 1861 Bradford, Yorkshire England or 1862 Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England
M FARLEY James 1888 Perth Western Australia
D 4th November 1946 West Perth Western Australia
Bur Karrakatta Cemetery
WRIGHT George Seaward Male B Saturday 27th May 1865 onboard “Racehorse”
M CHISHOLM Marion 1890 Northampton Western Australia
D 5th March 1906 Morning Star, Mt. Magnet Western Australia (Sturman)
WRIGHT William Verity b cJuly 1867
D 4th November 1868 age 16 months Geraldton Western Australia
WRIGHT Anne B 1869 Victoria (Plains) Western Australia
M ROBERTS Edward 1894 Geraldton Western Australia
D 1955 Collie Western Australia
WRIGHT Thomas B 1871 Geraldton Western Australia
D 1st October 1872 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
WRIGHT John Mitchell B 1873 Geraldton Western Australia
D 1st May 1874 Geraldton Western Australia
STURMAN Jasper Henry or Joseph Henry B 1875 Geraldton Western Australia
D 26th May 1876 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
STURMAN James B 1877 Geraldton Western Australia
M MARCHANT Rose May 1902 Geraldton Western Australia
M DILLON Lesly 1944 Perth Western Australia
D 13th March 1969 Victoria Park Western Australia
bur ashes scattered rose garden Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
STURMAN Dorothy Geraldine B 1879 Geraldton Western Australia
M SEATON Leonard George 1895 Geraldton Western Australia
D 28th November 1916 West Perth Western Australia
bur Wesleyan Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
STURMAN Abigail B 1881 Geraldton Western Australia
M SMITH William Henry 1899 Geraldton Western Australia
D 1st September 1940 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Salvation Army Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
STURMAN Joseph William B 1884 Geraldton Western Australia
D 6th May 1886 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia – bur as WRIGHT
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
PYRAH William Verity
B 1804 Bp 16th September 1804 Birstall Yorkshire England
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
8th August 1836 Birstall Yorkshire England
2nd Husband of WifeDAVIES John
Date/Place of MarriageJune 1908 Perth Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandNone known
Land Grants Western
I certify that this pensioner having acquired the right of free grant of Lot 4 Victoria is entitled to purchase this pensioner leased allotment at 10/- per acre (Bootenal Lot X5 of 20 acres)
Signed Edw Harvest 20 October 1880
Occupation after
In 1873 J Wright Sergeant of pensioners was a signatory in the petition for Lockyer Burges.
Assistant warder 1866-1868 Champion Bay (Geraldton)
Assistant warder 1876 Geraldton Gaol
Paymaster for the pensioners at Champion Bay at a salary of 17 Shillings and 6 pence per month and also in charge of the arms, ammunition and accoutrements at 10 shillings per month
J. Wright Light Keeper Bluff Light November 1877-May 1887
J. Wright Assistant Light Keeper Point Moore December 1887-November 1891.
Newspaper ArticlesGeraldton Advertiser Monday 20 October 1902 page 2 death of Joseph Wright
Geraldton Advertiser 17 October 1902 page 2 Obituary
Geraldton Guardian Saturday 1 March 1913 page 3 Death of Hannah Davis
Mt. Magnet Miner and Lennonville Leader Saturday 9th March 1907 page 2 Memorial George Sturman
The Daily News Monday 22nd June 1908 page 3 Marriage of Hannah and John Davies
The Daily News Friday 1st December 1916 page 2 Obituary Dorothy Seaton
The Geraldton Guardian and Express Thursday 5th September 1940 page 2 Obituary Abigail Smith
The West Australian Tuesday 5th November 1946 page 1 Death notices Mary Farley
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial15th October 1902 Geraldton Western Australia
Wesleyan Section Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia – as STURMAN George
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st March 1913 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge: At own request having served 21 Years.
Purchased Bootenal Victoria Lot X5 of 20 acres for £11.10.0
Birth of male onboard “Racehorse” information taken from Surgeon’s Log.
While on board the racehorse Joseph Wright kept a diary of the voyage.
The diary shows Joseph was a deeply religious man. He also mentions the birth of his son.