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|PERSONAL DETAILS||William BALMER|
|Birth date and Place:||c. 1829, Ireland.|
|Baptism date and Place:|
|Physical Description:||Height: 6’ 1¼”. Hair: light red. Eyes: dark hazel. Face: long. Complexion: fresh. Build: middling stout. Distinguishing Marks: scar from wounds on right hip. Cupped on both breasts.|
|Marriage date and Place:||1864, Albany, Western Australia.|
|Spouse:||Charlotte Harriet HESTER.|
|Death date and Place:||26 Apr 1876, Slab Hut Gully, Kojonup, Western Australia.|
|Burial date and Place:|
|Will and Probate:||Probate: 19 Aug 1886, following Letters of Administration, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
|Regiment:||1st (Roya1) Regiment, 2nd Battalion.|
|Regiment No. and Rank:||#2315 Private.|
|Attestation date and Place:|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges:||Crimea War Medal with clasp Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.|
|Casualty/Medical:||08 Sep 1855. Slight wound. Final attack on the Redan.|
|Regimental Courts Martial:||Date unknown. Insolence to superior officer. Three months hard labour.|
|District Courts Martial:||None.|
|General Courts Martial:||30 Sep 1856, Malta. Breaking into a canteen and stealing £1.16s.
Using abusive language to his superior officer.
|Discharge date and Place:||30 Sep 1856 following Court Martial.
Parchment Certificate issued 28 Oct 1856.
|Sentence:||14 years transportation.|
|Prison and Register #:||01 Oct 1856 Malta Prison. 26 days confinement + 15 days on board ship.
27 Oct 1856 Malta to Millbank Prison (#3837) 11 mnths. 24 days.
21 Oct 1857 Millbank to Portland Prison (#7338).
24 Feb 1858 Portland Prison to Lord Raglan.
01 Jun 1858 Fremantle Prison (#4858).
|ARRIVAL and LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA|
|Departure and Arrival:||05 Mar 1858 Plymouth; 01 Jun 1858 Fremantle.|
Contractor to Kojonup Roads Board. Farmer.
|Ticket of Leave:||21 May 1859.|
|Conditional Pardon:||10 Sep 1861, Esperance.|
|Certificate of Freedom:||26 Jan 1871, Albany.|
|Land Grant/Purchase:||1869 40 acres south of Warrenup, Slab Hut Gully. (Tillage Lease?)
Kojonup Loc. 186. Certificate of Title XVII, folium 227. (Purchase?)