Volume 20 Issue 3    Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996)     March  2015



Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2015.


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In our last issue, we followed a line of history through a 'Misty Window in Time' over a 1000 period.

This article continues on in that flexible theme - just to round out the personal stories I started!

I hope you find these tales as interesting as I did!

As compiler, I touched on some of the associated numismatics of the era that intrigued me from a personal viewpoint  - but, with more than a little help from previous researchers - I also explored the personalties of some of those we thought I knew best - my extended families of Taylor, Allen, Fox, Oberne (O'Byrne) and Peterwood (Petterwood).


JOSEPH ALLEN II - the SOLDIER - 1780 -1858.

 R. A. Allen - Original Compiler. 31/3/2003 

Amendments and addenda, with permission - by another great, great, great grandson

Graeme Petterwood.


Joseph Allen II - the son of Joseph Allen (1740 - 1802), and his wife Elizabeth (nee Cox) (1745 - 1796) - was baptised on the 13th Feb 1780, in the Parish Church of St Andrews at Shrivenham*, England.  

He was one of, at least, 6 children.

On the 3rd Sept 1807, Joseph Allen, age 27 years, enlisted as a Private in the 1st. Battalion, 62nd Wiltshire Regiment of Foot at Pendennis in Cornwall, England.

The Regimental Commanding Officer, at that time, was General Sir Samuel Hulse.

It should be noted that Joseph Allen spent all of his time in the Army as a member of the 1st Battalion of the 62nd. Wiltshire Regiment, and - finally, in the Royal Veterans Corps (N.S.W.) in Tasmania.

A brief history of 62nd Wiltshire Regiment - just prior to, and during, Joseph Allen’s enlistment term - is appropriate at this time.


62nd. Wiltshire Regimental Regimental Motto.

The 62nd. Infantry Regiment had been formed on 20 Sept. 1756 - and, although other British regiments has previously been allocated this number, it was vacant at that time. Due to a strategic need, 4 Companies were attached to the Royal Navy as Marines and it was many decades before their contribution was recognised by the Army as such.

They had participated in the Battle of Louisbourg, in 1758, during the Seven Years War - and 200 of their men fought a desperate battle against 600 French at the dilapidated castle at Carrickfergus in 1760 - where they even melted their uniform buttons to make bullets. 



62nd.Wiltshire Regimental Drum

Wiltshire Regiment Hat Badge -

A Sergeant of the 62nd Wiltshire Regiment of Foot - 1817

(These typical examples of Hat and Uniform are similar in style to previous issues of the period.) 


The 1st and 2nd Battalions, 62nd Wiltshire Regiment, had been sent to Ireland during a time of unrest and were stationed in Dublin and in Cork  The 1st Battalion had helped to quell the insurrection at Emmett in Dublin and then went on to Tullamore, Kilbeggan and Ballinasloe.

In 1802, part of the 62nd Wiltshire Regiment - the 2nd Battalion - had been disbanded while they were stationed at Cork, and the men had been dispersed.

However, by 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte appeared to be preparing to invade England - so the 2nd Battalion was hurriedly reformed at Devizes with men from Wiltshire - and that battalion stayed in England until 1809 as part of the homeland defence. They were then moved to the Channel Islands of Jersey where they stayed until 1813 as a deterrent to any French resurgence.


In 1807, the 1st Battalion, 62nd Regiment was also withdrawn from Ireland for the rebuilding of its strength and then it left Plymouth and sailed for Sicily where the men disembarked at Messina.

Their battalion commander, at that time, was Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Hull.

The 1st Battalion, 62nd Wiltshire Regiment, was based in the North-Eastern part of Sicily - and the ‘Knights of Malta* were at Catania on the South Eastern coast - their regional Headquarters remained in Sicily from the period 1806 till 1814. **    

In March 1807, 1st Battalion, 62nd Wiltshire Regiment - under the command of Major General McKenzie - landed at Aboukir, in Egypt, with six other infantry Regiments and some Dragoons. They occupied Alexandria and, in the fighting that resulted, they suffered a costly defeat at the hands of the Turks.

They were forced to retreat to Cairo, loosing 700 men.

Lieutenant-Colonel Trevor Hull, Commander of the Regiment - along with Major General George Gauntlet as his Second-in-Command - arrived at Alexandria with the 21st Infantry Regiment, and the 1st/62nd Regiment of Foot, as re-enforcements. They joined General Fraser and heavy fighting took place - they also were forced to retreat, losing 1000 men before getting back to Alexandria - from hence they returned to the base in Sicily to regroup and replace their losses.


1806 George III - Copper Farthing (standard Britannia with Shield reverse)

This small piece of Copper - from the year before Pte. Joseph Allen started his military career, is showing its age - but is still a reminder of the turbulent times  - and, who knows  - this, or a similar coin or two, may have even been in his pocket when the new 1st. Battalion recruit, along with a group of 2nd. Battalion replacement soldiers from Jersey, England, joined the 1st Battalion in Sicily in December 1807- to make up the numbers.


In early 1808, the elements of the 1st and 2nd Battalions were sent as reinforcements to help in the relief of Scylla Castle in Calabria on the Straights of Messina that was being attacked by the French. The castle was an old feudal fortress that belonged to Cardinal Ruffo, an Italian - and it was located on a steep headland 200 feet above the Straights of Messina on the Southern tip of Italy. 

After very heavy fighting, the British garrison force was besieged - caught in the French shellfire from three sides.

Colonel Robertson sent a message by semaphore to the Commander of the British forces in that engagement, General John Sherbrooke, to arrange to evacuate his troops and Captain Trollope, the Captain of  H.M.S. 'Electra' got in  close to the shore and launched some transport boats. 

Eventually, under the cover of heavy bombardment from H.M.S. 'Electra,' the Castle garrison was taken off the beach.

After the Regiment was reunited once more in Sicily they were told they were to keep their hair cut short, carefully brushed and washed often. They would be supplied with a bar of soap for this purpose.

The British Army had a strange way of rewarding its soldiers


After the Scylla Castle engagement, General Sherbrooke was replaced by Sir John Stuart - a very strange and ineffective commander - and, it was under his command that the moral of the army deteriorated and many of his best commanders left the army. Malaria and strong wine also led to trouble with the local people.


On 11th.June 1809, the 1st Battalion sailed from Milazzo in Sicily along with an expedition of 13,000 men under Sir John Stuart for the Bay of Naples. The force was made up of fourteen Infantry Regiments, Dragoons, Sicilian Cavalry and artillery. The Infantry was made up of the 1st Battalion, 62nd. Regiment boosted with German and Corsican battalions.

They landed on the islands of Ischia and Procida.

Both Islands were taken, and their French garrisons killed or captured and a diversionary force left the main group to retake Scylla Castle. The main British force stayed on Ischia and Procida islands with a commander who was unsure of success.


With the appearance of such a large British force at Scylla, the French commander, Marshal Murat, strategically moved his force back to protect the capital, Naples.

Eventually, the indecision of Stuart - and the appearance of the strong French force under Marshall Murat - caused the British force to retreat from the islands and return to Sicily at the end of July, destroying their stores and the ammunition magazines, before leaving.


The French Commander Marshall Murat, was a brilliant cavalry leader who was married to Napoleon Bonaparte's sister, Caroline.  He had been appointed King of Naples, and Grand Duke of Berg and Cleves.

In September 1810, Marshal Murat attempted a landing at Messina on the East Coast of Sicily from the Port of Calabria on the toe of Italy. The French were soundly beaten.

Murat then attempted another landing to the south of Messina, but that also failed - again, with a huge loss of life.


The 1st/62nd also had heavy losses of men in that engagement - which required a further 300 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion 62nd Regiment, in Jersey, having to be sent as replacements.

The rest of the next two years, 1810 -11, was spent on coastal defence between Messina and Faro.


In early March 1811, the ineffectual Sir John Stuart was replaced by Lord William Bentinck as Commander-in-Chief.

Sicily then became the base for Mediterranean operations - and the result was, that some of Bentinck’s force was sent to Eastern Spain.

In October, troops included the Grenadier Company of the 2nd/ 62nd Regiment were sent to Alicante in Catalonia to fight against Marshal Souchet’s forces. When the Duke of Wellington saw the Grenadiers, he was reported to have said,

"I don’t know what effect these men will have on the enemy but, by God, they terrify me!"


Late in October 1811, Captain Duncan of the frigate ''Imperiuse'' reported that a large group of French gunboats and merchant ships were in Port Paliniuro, south of Salerno.  

Duncan asked for troops to help him capture the convoy, so 250 men of the 1st/62 Wiltshire's under the command of Major Darley embarked on the 'Imperiuse' and 'Thames' frigates.

They landed at Paliniuro on the Neapolitan coast on the 1st of November 1811.

There the 1st Battalion engaged a strong force of French, under the command of General Agmatelli Cercaro - and, after bombardment from the two British frigates, they captured the fort.  However, after being stranded ashore for days of heavy fighting, they strategically withdrew from the island and returned to Sicily.

The Battalion's light losses of men were due to the support fire from the British frigates and the skill of its officers and men. They captured some French merchant ships that were found to be loaded with badly needed food.

For his effort, Major Darley was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. 

Some of the 1st Battalion were stationed at Palermo from August to Sept 1812 - but, by early 1813, they had rejoined the rest of their battalion.

In October 1813, the 2nd Battalion arrived from St Helens Bay in Jersey and was sent to join the Duke of Wellington's army in Spain with Lieutenant Trevor Hull as their commander.


The Battalion commander of the 1st Battalion at that time was Lieutenant-Colonel George Gauntlett.

Early March 1814, the 1st Battalion sailed from Sicily and arrived at Leghorn with Lord William Bentinck in command of the operation - and, reunited with the 2nd Battalion, they advanced on Siestri and defeated the French there.

After two actions, the French left Siestri on April 8 - and from Nervi four days later. 

From there, the two battalions marched 100 miles to Genoa.

There was some fierce fighting in the out-lying parts of Genoa, but, by April 21 the city was occupied after a short final battle. They captured six warships and many guns.

Their next move was further West - along the coast to Savona - where, at the appearance of a British Naval Squadron, the French garrison there gave up.


The Regiment received the thanks of His Royal Highness, the Prince Regent - and from April to May 1814 they were stationed at Pisa near Leghorn.


In May, the same year - the 1st/62nd Battalion, still commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel George Gauntlet, sailed from Genoa and arrived at Halifax in Nova Scotia to take part in the war between Canada and the Americans.

The Americans had declared war on the British over their possession of Canada.


There the military forces came under the command again of the old ''General of Egypt and Sicily'', Sir John Sherbrooke, who was then the  Governor of Nova Scotia.

They left Halifax with 10 transport boats loaded with soldiers - including the 1st / 62nd Battalion - and landed near the entrance of the Penobscot River at the end of August.

As the regiment landed, the Americans blew up the Fort and retreated up river.

The British force followed and attacked the Americans at Hampden - and, after a brief engagement, they captured 80 prisoners and twenty-five guns.

They continued further up river and captured Bangor and 190 soldiers - and an American General.

In September 1814, a company of soldiers including some from the 62nd landed in Bucks Harbour and marched all night to reach Fort Obrien - which they captured. They then moved on and captured the whole of Maine from Penobscot to New Brunswick.

The British then controlled the State of Maine, and peace was declared.


The 1st Battalion, 62nd. Regiment stayed in Halifax for 8 years - taking part in various duties in Bermuda, Annapolis on the Nova Scotia coast and Windsor in Canada. Their duties included action in Cape Briton Island, Prince Edward Island and other Penal Colonies.  Halifax was a sizeable seaport and had a naval dockyard for their ships, and the Regimental Barracks was located near Citadel Hill.

On the 25th March 1817, however, the 2nd Battalion was disbanded once again and 400 of its men were sent to the 1st Battalion in Nova Scotia as replacements to bolster the strength of the 1st.


In Oct 1823, the 1st Battalion returned to Portsmouth in England.

After a stay of 2 weeks, they were sent to Ballinacurra, Ireland - and, on their arrival there they were marched to Fermoy. They were then sent to the Regimental Headquarters at Templemore, in County Tipperary, where the Battalion stayed till July 1825 with various Companies stationed throughout the County.


As mentioned, Private Joseph Allen, and the 1st. Battalion, had landed in Ireland during Oct 1823 at Ballinacurra, and, by 26 May 1824, they were located at Templemore, County of Tipperary.

On that day, at the age of 44yrs, Joseph Allen was discharged from the Army.

His Discharge Papers describe him as being 5 foot 6inches in height, dark hair, hazel eyes and fair complexion. His Army Discharge Book shows he suffered from 'acute rheumatism and being nearly worn out.'

His pension started on the 16th June 1824, (WO 120/69 p243).



1823 Irish issue George IV Bronze Penny (Irish Harp reverse) - Poor condition.

Somewhat like Joseph Allen, this old Irish Penny was eventually 'worn out' and retired.


Sometime between Oct 1823 when he arrived in Ireland and Jun 1824, Joseph Allen must have met and courted Mary Obrien. Their daughter was born in London in June 1825 - and, on the 29th June 1825, the child was baptised, Mary Ann Allen, in St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, London.  If we do the sums and count back 9 months from June 1825 - that would be about October 1824 when Mary Ann was conceived.

If Joseph married Mary in Ireland, he would have had to be out of the army when he did so as the army in those days did not encourage the soldiers to marry until they were discharged.

So, sometime between 16 Jun 1824 and Oct 1824, he is presumed to have courted and married Mary Obrien.

In the absence of a birth or marriage certificate, I am inclined to believe that Mary Obrien was born about 1805. 

The Death Certificate of Mary Allen (nee Obrien) shows she died in Aug 1876, aged 71yrs.


Her daughter was baptised in June 1825 - so Mary would have been about 20yrs of age at that time and Joseph Allen would have been about 45 yrs..

That they were probably legally married - in Parish Templemore in County Tipperary, Ireland - prior to the daughter's birth - is borne out by the fact that the child had been baptised in St. Leonards Church and the documentation is without comment about parentage.


By September 1825, recruiting was started in England for ex- soldiers - with honourable discharges - as guards and overseers and for other non essential military duties in Van Diemen's Land and New South Wales in Australia.

The agreement was that the Army would pay for the family passage and provide land and a house after the soldier was discharged there. The volunteers, who were selected for duties, would be paid full pay at the same rate as the cavalry - 1s.3d per day with free rations, and 2 and a 1/2 fluid oz of rum or brandy.


On 7th Dec 1825, Joseph Allen re-enlisted in the army for service in Australia.

The 'John Barry', of 520 tons, which was captained by Peter Roche, left London on the 20th February with members of the 3rd. Company, Royal Veterans. 

It called in to Portsmouth and finally left England on the 8th March 1826.

The ship called at Teneriffe, Rio Janeiro and the Cape of Good Hope on its voyage to Australia arriving in Sydney on the evening of 8th July 1826.

In Nicholson's ''Shipping Arrivals & Departure Sydney 1826-1840'' it states that the ship ''John Barry'' left England and arrived in Hobart, Van Diemen's Land via Sydney on the 26th August 1826.


The Royal Veterans who landed in Van Diemen's Land were commanded by Captain J. D'Arcy, and, with him were Lieutenant Collins and Lieutenant Travers, accompanied by their wives and children, 50 soldiers, 45 women and 42 children. Their doctor was Assistant Surgeon Gibson.

The group was attached to Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s own 73rd Black Watch Regiment and it was officially called 'The Royal Veteran Company' (NSW.)

 After arrival, the Royal Veterans were sent to various parts of Tasmania.

Capt. D’Arcy took a detachment with him on the Govt. brig ‘Prince Leopold’ to George Town, and others were based at Swansea on the east coast of the island.

In all of the areas, some of the Veterans were overseers on Public Works supervising convicts as they built roads, bridges and public buildings - while others became mounted police.


During his time in the Veterans, Joseph Allen was stationed in George Town as an overseer of convicts.

Some of the buildings he may have been involved in were 'The Grove' in Cimitiere St., George Town - and the iconic lighthouses there and at Low Head.

He may have also been involved in the construction of the Tamar Valley Signal Stations.

It is known that, in 1828, Joseph Allen applied for a Land Grant - as was his entitlement - of 50 acres at East Arm, or, alternatively, to have a house built for him in Launceston.  

His preference was for the latter.


In the record of returns for the Royal Veteran Company, made out in Hobart Town in Dec 1829, it states that Joseph Allen had been honourably discharged from his previous regular Army duties and was a member of the Royal Veterans until his discharge on 26th November 1829. He apparently retained some sort of a civilian position as an overseer of works for a time.

His next of kin is shown as Mary Allen (nee Obrien) and his residence was shown as in the County of Cornwall in the Parish of Launceston, Van Diemen's Land.


His ex-army friends, William Holiday*, Jas. Rowley, Jas. Kelly and James Kerrigan, all took up their land entitlements at East Arm on the Tamar River. (*Sometimes spelled with double'l' - or as Halliday.)

William Holiday stayed on his grant till 1845 when, together with his family, he moved to Victoria and settled in the Kyneton district. They were accompanied two of Joseph Allen's sons, Henry and Joseph.


In mid-Oct. 1832, Mr. W. Kenworthy wrote to Joseph Allen stating that - 'he had been granted 10acres of land at 32 Low Head Road, George Town and housing would be for him built there'.

On 29th. Oct 1832, Mr. W. Kenworthy, the Governor's secretary, wrote to the Town Adjutant, Captain Lane;

"Approval was given for a house was to be built on Joseph Allen's land at East Arm but Joseph Allen declined to have it built."

In January 1833, Joseph Allen wrote to Colonel George Arthur, the Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania, complaining nothing had been done about his request for land in Launceston.


The Town Adjutant replied on the 1st Feb 1833 - that Joseph Allen had apparently ''Abandoned'' the land at East Arm.

Joseph Allen had then granted the land to his eldest child, daughter Mary Ann Taylor (pic.) and her ex-convict husband to have a house built on after her marriage on 30th. Oct. 1840.

After Joseph's death all the land was given to her - however, no record of a Will has been found.

The Census return of George Town 1842 shows a wooden house had been built - ‘but was still unfinished’ - and there were 2 adults, 4 single males and 2 single females living there.

All the occupants were born in Tasmania.  The 1843 return shows the house was finished.

However, the 1848 return shows only 2 adults were still living in the house.


    Joseph Allen's daughter, Mary Ann, had been baptised 29 Jun 1825, in Shoreditch London.

She was 15yrs of age when she married William Robert Taylor - an ex-convict (see additional notes) who was 34yrs of age at that time.


William Robert Taylor was given a ‘Conditional Pardon’ No 2674 - and ‘Permission to Marry’ was granted one month after his pardon. (Ref 750/1840). On 30th October 1840, they were married by Banns, the Rev. W. H. Browne officiating, according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Uniting Church of England and Ireland at George Town - and the witnesses were G. Wilson and Felix McCarron.

William Taylor became a farmer and/or a labourer and they had 15 children - all born at George Town during the next 27 years.  The Taylor dynasty was born.


A letter from Mary Ann Taylor in George Town to one of her sons - dated Nov. 18th. 1885 - asking for her 'Watering-can' to be returned from Launceston on the next 'steamer'.

Another of her sons, James, and his wife Clara, had a daughter on 13th. Nov. 1885.

The 'Maryann' mentioned probably was her grand-daughter, Mrs.William Begent (nee Fox)- who also had a daughter, 'Annie Gertrude', on Nov.5th. 1885.



Another daughter, Sarah Stephens (nee Taylor)

1867 - 1949


The rest of Joseph and Mary’s children were:

Henry Allen, born 23 Jan 1828 in Tasmania and moved to East Trentham in Victoria in 1845.

Henry married Miss Matilda Hockey.

There is an entry in the parish register of St John’s Church in Launceston, Tasmania, for the baptism on 31 Jan 1828 of Henry Allen, born to Joseph and Mary Allen of George Town. (Joseph’s profession is given as a Royal Veteran.)


Joseph Allen (III), born 3 Feb 1830 in Tasmania. Moved to Kyneton Victoria in 1845, where he married Miss Ellen Hockey, (Matilda’s sister.)

Both Joseph’s older sons actually left George Town at a young age. Henry was 17yrs of age and Joseph was only 14yrs.  It is thought that both boys went to Victoria in the Kyneton, East Trentham area, for economic reasons, with William Holiday* when Victoria started to open up for settlement and the search for gold had started to gain momentum.


James Allen, born 26 April 1840 in George Town, Tasmania.

Frances was born 20 Feb.1842 at George Town and she married at about age 15.

Elizabeth was born 1 Aug 1844 at George Town.


Joseph Allen died 27 March 1858 aged 78yrs - from pneumonia and was buried in C of E Cemetery George Town (Register #75). 

During his lifetime, 1785 - 1858, he had served two Kings - George III. and George IV - been three-quarters around the world with his military commitment -  and, had seen the reign of William IV and 21 years of that of Queen Victoria - as a loyal subject.

His description is recorded on military documents as 5'6" tall, dark hair, hazel eyes and fresh complexion.

(These are some of the family characteristics that I seem to have inherited - whereas some of my extended family have the fair hair and blue eyes of our Swedish Viking ancestors - but that's another story!)


When he died, Joseph's pension would have stopped - so, Mary - then aged about 53 - would not have received any money at all.

Many of the deceased ex-soldiers children were put into the Kings Orphan Asylum till they were 12yrs of age after the pension stopped - but it is dubious that any sort of family relief of this nature would have been forthcoming to the widow and her children who were all above this age. 


Mary Allen died 19 Sept 1876.

Her death certificate details were recorded by her eldest grandson, William Taylor Jnr. - who was born 23 Nov 1845 and died 1 Feb 1928. 


There is another member of the Allen family who joined the 62nd Wiltshire Regiment - and this was Joseph's younger brother, Private Henry Allen, who had enlisted in the Wiltshire Regiment at Chilton on the 1st Dec 1806 at the age of 17yrs for limited service.  Occupation - labourer, general conduct - good. - WO 97/753

Henry - who was also born at Watchfield, Farington and baptised in 1788 in the same church as his elder brother Joseph - served until 7th Nov 1828, when he was discharged as unfit at Limerick, Ireland.

Henry Allen was described as being 40yrs of age, 5 foot 4 inches tall, black hair, hazel eyes and fresh complexion.  

A note attached to his discharge papers shows he was awarded:-

'An allowance of 20 days pay and 1 pound 9shillings and 4 pence."

He returned to his place of residence in Parish Templemore, County Tipperary, on his discharge.

Henry Allen is shown in the same regimental pay book as Joseph.

It is also most probable that Henry Allen followed Joseph to Australia.

(A Henry Allen was one of the first to purchase a block of land in Melbourne on the 1st June 1837 for the sum of 22 pounds.

The block is on the corner of Swanston St and Bourke St. - (Lot No 12 Bourke St.)


Regimental and other References

Joseph Allen

Enlistment        WO22-249.

Pay Book         WO12/71775-7180.

Discharge        WO97/ 753.

Army Pension     WO120/69 p 243.

Army Discharge    WO25-2243 p 117.


Land Request    LSD1/73/424.

Land Letters     LSD1/83/250-4.

Land Granted    LSD 409/1P 147.

Death, Joseph    RGD 227/1858.

Death. Mary (nee Obrien)  RGD  269/1876

George Town School records 1830 - Mary Ann Allen age 5yrs.

Freepages - 'Ancestry.com'


Colonel N.C.E.Kenrick,D.S.O. - ''The Wiltshire Regiment''

Lt-General Sir Brian Horrocks. - ''The Wiltshire Regiment''

George F.G.Stanley. - ''The War of 1812''

Fortscue. - ''A History of the British Army'' Vol X.

Donald Featherstone. -  "Campaigning with the Duke of Wellington''

Colonel N C E Kenrick.D.S.O. - ''The 62nd Wiltshire Regiment.''

David Chilton. Curator London Museum.

Gwenda Webb - "The Royal Veterans of Van Diemen's Land". (published Tasmanian Ancestry Vol. 16 No.1 June 1995)


Additional notes.

*  Shrivenham Parish contains the parishes of Watchfield, Longcot and Bourton.

Ancestors coming from Shrivenham could have come from any of these places, or worked in towns near there.

 **  The Wiltshire Regiment had a close association with the Knights of Malta. They adopted the 8 point ''Maltese Star''  as  their badge. It was similar to the famous fighting Knights ''Maltese Cross''. The badge was adopted as official in 1828, and was still used in 1881. By 1923, it had changed in name and shape to a ''Cross Patee'', but the Regiment always called it  'The Maltese Cross'  The Knights of Malta, commonly called ''The Knights of St John of Jerusalem,'' moved their Headquarters from Malta to Sicily in 1800.

 ***  Both Joseph and Mary are buried in GeorgeTown Tasmania in an unmarked grave but the George Town Council office could not find any record of its actual location. Although I have not been able to find their graves, their daughter and her husband are buried in a double grave just inside the main gates of the old GeorgeTown Cemetery. -  (R.A. Allen).




The following notes regarding William Taylor were extracted from a separate family study prepared in 1990 by William and Vicki Fleming (who shares this common ancestor with me).


William Robert Taylor was born c.1806 at Watron, Hereford, England.  He was one of the children of James and Mary Taylor (1791 - 1876).  On 21st. April. 1827, he was caught, allegedly, stealing from the dwelling house of Mr. John Bosley Throp. 

He pleaded his innocence.  During the course of his trial - he offered an excuse that he was actually working for the man who was stealing the property - but he was an innocent party.

He was tried at Middlesex on the 31st. May 1827 and found guilty and sentenced to death, as this was his second offence.

He had previously been sentenced to One Month detention at ‘Cold Bath Fields’ after he stole a Copper Tea Kettle.




Theft : Burglary.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18270531-83

Trial Summary:

Original Text:

1096. WILLIAM TAYLOR was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Bosley Throp , about eight o'clock at night, on the 2d of April, at St. Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel, with intent to steal, and stealing therein 1 coat, value 30s.; 2 waistcoats, value 8s.; 2 shirts, value 2s.; 2 shifts, value 2s.; 2 window-curtains, value 1s.; 1 table-cloth, value 1s., and 1 petticoat, value 6d., his property.

JOHN BOSLEY THROP. I live in Harrison's-buildings, in the parish of St. Mary, Whitechapel. On the 21st of April, about five o'clock in the afternoon, I went out, leaving my wife and daughter at home. I returned a little before eight - it was not then quite dark; I knocked at the door and nobody answered. Cole, the next door neighbour, came out, and gave me my key - I unlocked the door and went in, without shutting it after me; my son-in-law came in, in two or three minutes - and while talking to him I heard a noise at the up-stairs window; I immediately ran out, and saw a person struggling with Mr. Carter, he got from him - Carter immediately called ‘Stop thief!’ and my son stopped the man, who was the prisoner, - I never lost sight of him; we secured him. I immediately said "I will go up stairs to see if any body else is there," and at that instant a person rushed down-stairs, ran out and got away; my wife went up-stairs. I followed her, and we missed some property.

SUSANNAH THROP . I am the prosecutor's wife. I went up-stairs to the first floor, after the men had escaped, and found my clothes taken out of the box - I found them down-stairs, tied up in a bundle, ready to be taken away, the box was not locked - I had seen all the things safe that day - the bundle was brought down to the ground floor, and put on the ironing-board; they are worth much more than 40s. at a moderate estimate; my husband had left me and my daughter at home - we both went out at half-past seven o'clock, locked the door, and left the key with Mr. Cole.

GEORGE LOADER . On Saturday, the 21st of April, between a quarter and ten minutes to eight o'clock, I went to the prosecutor's house - he is my father-in-law; in a very short time he said something - I ran to the door directly, and saw the prisoner scuffling with Carter; he got away, - Carter cried ‘Stop thief! and I caught him in my arms, - a scuffle ensued; he hit me, but I detained him, and took him to the watch-house.

ROBERT CARTER . I live next door but one to Throp. On the 21st of April, a little before eight o'clock in the evening, I was coming out of my own door, and saw the prisoner falling out of Throp's first floor window; it was light enough to see him; he fell on the ground - I attempted to collar him; he tried to trip me up, and got from me - I called ‘Stop thief! and Loader stopped him, without my losing sight of him. (Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was employed by a young man to help him move some goods; some people were coming into the house, and he said "I must get away, or we shall both he taken."

Accused aged 21. Found guilty of stealing in the dwelling-house, but not of burglary. VERDICT: DEATH


William Taylor’s brother-in-law, named Phillips, was an Iron-monger in Bishopsgate - and he had also worked for a Mr. King and a Mr. Hill (Tin manufacturer) - who all gave him good references - and the verdict was commuted to Life - but, that meant transportation to Van Diemen’s Land.

William Taylor left England for the island colony of Australia on 10th March 1828 aboard the ‘William Miles’.

After serving a mandatory period at Port Arthur, he was transferred north as a convict labourer to work on projects in the George Town region of the Tamar River.


During his incarceration, prior to transportation after the death sentence was commuted to Life imprisonment -  he spent about 12 months on the prison hulk ‘Shurrefs’ and managed to earn the princely sum of One Pound Eight Shillings and Nine-pence for  work done in the Dock-yard.

His Convict number was # 6338 and his Hulk Report states that he was ‘Good’ and that he was Single.

The Convict ship ‘William Miles’ arrived in Hobart Town on 28th. July, 1828.

William Taylor had been allocated a Convict Number #408.

Other details state that he was Protestant - and that he was able to read and write.

Being literate was a big advantage at that time.


During the latter period of his term, he committed a couple of minor offences and was reprimanded or punished.

October 4th. 1839 - He refused to comply with the terms of a written agreement with a Capt. Gregarthin.  He was reprimanded for this indiscretion.

October 29th 1839 - He was charged with being ‘Drunk in a public street’ - and he was sentenced to 10 days ‘Bread & water’.

January 13th 1840 - He was found not guilty of a Felony - and was discharged.


On September 23rd 1840 - He was granted a conditional pardon (#2674)




Roger V. McNeice OAM




In 1990, 'TASMEDALS' produced a limited edition of Medallions for the Tasmanian Government to celebrate 'TASMANIA DAY'.

The medallions were especially designed and struck for presentation to worthy Tasmanians on 'Tasmania Day 1990'. Originally only 150 were die struck - however, it appears that not all were issued - as the Government changed, and the new Government decided not to proceed in celebrating 'Tasmania Day'.

The medallions, with this special celebratory reverse, were not made available to collectors.

Accordingly, the medallions were not issued any further - and the small residue of this limited undated edition was stored away and only rediscovered recently.

The Medallions are 70mm in diameter; 4mm Thick - and weigh 136 grams.

They were minted in attractive Antique-finish, Pewter-like, Cupro-Nickel.



Abel Tasman 'Tasmania Day' 70mm.medallions

(illustrations slightly enlarged for clarity).


As at late February 2015, there were only about 30 of the substantial medallions available to collectors at $25 each - plus $8.50 postage* - so immediate ordering is strongly recommended. They are superb medallions and will be sold on a first come basis.

(*Due to their weight – all mail-outs will be by registered post with tracking.)


Contact:-  Roger V. McNeice OAM

P.O.Box 27,

Kingston. Tas. 7051

Mobile:- 0408 279 276

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VOLUME 20 (2015) 

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T.N.S. ANNUAL DINNER & LECTURE 2014 - This brief report from the T.N.S. Annual Dinner & Lecture held in early December 2014, can only give an inadequate idea of the level of comradeship that many of the members of the Society still enjoy. Established in 1963 - just prior to the introduction of Decimal coinage to Australia - the Tasmanian Numismatic Society has proven to be a great learning institution. However, we members - old and new -  are still being educated about our fascinating hobby from invited experts - such as Dr. David Briggs.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST - The removal of $1.00 and $2.00 notes from our currency was considered a big deal back in 1984 and 1988. These notes were the equivalent of our 'old' 10 Shillings and One Pound Imperial notes from the time of Federation. However, the sky didn't fall in!


Issue 2. February 2015:-

A MISTY WINDOW IN TIME - Over the last 1000 years at , seemingly, regular intervals -  events have occurred that are suitably impressive to have earned a place in written history. Of course, some of those momentous occurrences coincide with lesser instances that connect with us - the grist which is ground and blended to make us who we are. We are sometimes the victims of the whims of Fate - but  we do strive to control our destinies! 


Issue 3. March 2015:- 

A MISTY WINDOW IN TIME - Part II -  Another piece of a jig-saw, that has intrigued this writer for decades, has fallen into place.... The picture is emerging slowly - and it may be that other hands will need to complete or tidy the finer details of the portrait in future decades - but, at least, a few of the weeds have been cleared. Additional information about William Robert Taylor's less than prestigious reason for coming to Tasmania - and staying forever..

TASMANIAN MEDALLION NEWS - A small remnant balance of Abel Tasman 'Tasmania Day' 70mm. medallions, make in 1990 against an order for the State Government of the day  has just hit the market on a 'first in - first served ' basis. There may be some - there may be none - but essential details are provided for those who are interested. The recent discovery - with an accurate provenance provided by the original manufacturer - now means that, those aspiring gatherers of quality medallic items from the island state of Tasmania. have, at least, the opportunity of adding a prestigious limited issue medallion to their hoard. 





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