Wives of the 40th foot in new zealand 1860

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Wives of the 40th foot in new zealand 1860

Postby devils own » 30 Mar 2017 17:00

Good Afternoon everyone

I dont know if anyone would know this:
Did the wives & children of the 40th foot go to New Zealand in 1860 from Australia, OR because of the nature of the conflict stay in Melbourne.

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Re: Wives of the 40th foot in new zealand 1860

Postby colsjt65 » 04 Apr 2017 05:01

I find no mention of wives and children accompanying the men in 1860.

The ships City of Hobart and HMCS Victoria made two voyages each, carrying soldiers of the 40th to Taranaki in 1860.

City of Hobart
Departed Melbourne 18 April 1860, arrived New Plymouth 24 April 1860. Troops: 40th - 7 officers, 215 NCOs and men.

HMCS Victoria
Departed Hobart 24 April 1860, arrived New Plymouth 30 April 1860. H. M. colonial steam sloop - 3 guns. Troops: 40th - 4 officers, 8 sergeants, 2 buglers, 120 rank and file.

City of Hobart
Departed Melbourne 18 July 1860, arrived New Plymouth 24 July 1860. Troops: 40th - 12 officers, 16 sergeants, 10 drummers, 207 rank & file - "Remaining portion of Her Majesty's 40th Regiment".

HMCS Victoria
Departed Melbourne 24 July 1860, arrived New Plymouth 3 Aug. 1860. Troops: General Pratt and staff, 40th - 2 officers, 50 men.

In contrast, when the Henry Fernie arrived in 1861 from Ireland, it included wives and children -

Henry Fernie
Departed Portsmouth 18 April 1861, arrived Auckland 25 July 1861 (via Liverpool - 11 April, Portsmouth - 18 April, Cork - 24 April). Hired sailing ship.
Troops: From Portsmouth: 1-12th - 1 subaltern, 2 sergeants, 2 drummers, 145 rank & file; 70th - 6 officers, 65 rank & file, 4 women, 4 children; 57th - 3 officers, 107 rank & file.
From Queenstown: 2-14th - 2 subalterns, 188 rank & file, 12 women, 13 children; 40th - 3 subalterns, 1 sergeant, 2 drummers 160 rank & file, 18 women, 19 children; Chaplains' Dept. - 1 chaplain.
761 total - including 69 women & children.

It appears that the wives from Melbourne joined the regiment in the Merchant Prince.

Merchant Prince
Departed Melbourne 15 June 1862, arrived Auckland 30 June 1862. On board: 40th - 69 women, 44 children;
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Re: Wives of the 40th foot in new zealand 1860

Postby devils own » 04 Apr 2017 17:29

Hi
Cheers for that. My fourth great grandfather was the Armourer Sgt with the 40th 1840-1862 who arrived on HMS Vulcan in 1852 from Cork to Melbourne i know the families were on this ship because one of their children were buried at sea. He is mentioned as being part of public works as regards the building of the Victoria barracks. they had 4 children in Melbourne. He, i suppose would have traveled over with the headquarters of the regiment as the Armourer.
I was just wondering if the families would have stayed in Melbourne & when he arrived in New Zealand because i'm trying to find out if he traveled back to Australia in early 1862 before coming back to England.

Thanks for the info on the ships

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