PERSONAL DETAILS Robert MELVILLE
Birth date and place c. 1815 Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Occupations pre-WA Labourer.
Convict Guard, Dartmoor Prison, Devon (1856).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 7½ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: hazel. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place 29 May 1857 at sea on board Clara en route to Western Australia.
Spouse Margaret HARDMAN.
Children Agnes Ellen (Helen) b. 1858, Perth, Western Australia.
Margaret b. 1860 (twin?), Perth, Western Australia.
Thomas b. 1860 (twin?), Perth, Western Australia.
Thomas Henry b. 1862, Perth, Western Australia.
Julia b. 1865 (d.1866), Perth, Western Australia.
Robert Richard b. 1867, Perth, Western Australia.
Death date and place 14 Feb 1869 Perth, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Injuries received in accident (see sidebar).
Burial date and place
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices and Obituaries Perth Gazette 19 Feb 1869.
ARMED FORCES
Service in Royal Navy Royal Marines.
43rd Company.
No. and Rank #7242 Private.
Attestation date and place 15 Nov 1833 Gloucester.
Service on Ships Nimrod    ) 17 Dec 1834 to
Ringdove ) 18 Apr 1837.
Wellesley  30 Jun 1837 to 8 Aug 1841.
Ferret  11 Dec 1841 to 7 Mar 1843.
Vanguard 10 Feb 1845 to 20 Mar 1849.
Swift  27 Jun 1849 to 29 Jan 1853.
Britannia )  25 Jul 1853 to
Simoom  )  29 Nov 1855.
Click on links relating to service for which medals were awarded.
[data courtesy of Paul Benyon’s Index to 19th century Naval Vessels].
Musters Royal Marine Brigade, ashore from HMS Britannia [ADM38-4674-96731].
Medals, Clasps and Badges China War Medal 1840-1842.
Crimea War Medal clasps Balaklava, Sebastopol. Turkish Crimea Medal.
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Courts Martial None.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 19 Apr 1856 Devonport.
Length of Service 22 years, 5 months, 5 days.
Service Record Reference ADM157-152-169 to 171.
Post Discharge Pension District 3rd Plymouth.
Pension Amount £16 16s. per annum.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Clara
Departure and Arrival 19 Mar 1857 London; 3 Jul 1857 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Assistant Warder, Convict Establishment 30 Jan to 19 Nov 1859 [Barker p.151].
Land Grant/Purchase None.
Subscriptions Indian Relief Fund 1858.
Lancashire Relief Fund 1863.
Misc. Newspaper Articles Inquirer & Commercial News 9 Jun 1858 and 25 Feb 1863.
Departure from WA Not applicable.