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PERSONAL DETAILS William BALMER
Birth date and Place: c. 1829, Ireland.
Baptism date and Place:
Census Residences:
Occupations pre-WA: Clerk.
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.
Children: None.
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.
[Cons. 3458-1886-113].
Obituaries: None.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment: 1st (Roya1) Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Regiment No. and Rank: #2315 Private.
Attestation date and Place:
Service/Campaigns: Crimea.
Musters: 1851 Fermoy, Ireland [WO12-1984].
Promotions:
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
Ship: Lord Raglan.
Departure and Arrival: 05 Mar 1858 Plymouth; 01 Jun 1858 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation: Convict.
Contractor to Kojonup Roads Board. Farmer.
Convict #: 4858.
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?)