PERSONAL DETAILS Alexander SWEENEY
Birth date and place c. 1819 Newtown Cunningham, Donegal, Ireland
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
See Muster below (1841, 1851).
Occupations pre-WA Labourer.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 10½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place 2 Jun 1849 St James Church, Jamestown, St Helena.
Spouse Margaret Anne YOUD (widow of ? Beale).
Children John Alexander b. 1849 (d.1850), Jamestown, St Helena.,
James Charles b. 1851, Jamestown, St Helena (no birth/baptism record found).
George b. 1865, Perth, Western Australia.
Possible births of other children outside Western Australia.
Death date and place 3 Jan 1896 Fremantle Barracks ?, Western Australia.
Click here for previous suicide attempt in August 1895 [Cons 527-1895-2125].
Burial date and place
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices and Obituaries Daily News 18 Jan 1896.
WA Record 18 Jan 1896.
ARMED FORCES
Regiment(s) 3rd Battalion, Royal Artillery, 6th Company.
Royal Invalid Artillery.
Regiment No. and Rank #940 Gunner & Driver.
Attestation date and place 29 Mar 1838 Buncrana, Donegal.
Service/Campaigns St Helena 8 years 3 months.
Crimea 6 months.
Musters 1841 Guernsey & Jersey [WO10-1818].
1851 St Helena [WO10-2076].
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Four Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Courts Martial Imprisoned 23 Sep to 24 Nov 1840. Offence unknown.
Imprisoned 20 Dec 1844 to 1 Apr 1845. Offence unknown.
Eleven? entries in the Regimental Defaulters Book (punished summarily).
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 21 Sep 1859 Woolwich.
Length of Service 21 years 10 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1351/135.
Post Discharge Residence Woolwich.
Post Discharge Pension District Woolwich (1859-1860).
Pension Amount 1/- per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Palmerston.
Departure and Arrival 10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Assistant Warder, Convict Establishment (see sidebar).
Assistant Light Keeper.
Foreman & Storeman, Mason, Bird & Co. Timber Station, Canning Hills.
Enrolled Guard from 10 Jan 1887 to disbandment on 31 Mar 1887.
Land Grant/Purchase
Subscriptions None.
Misc. Newspaper Articles Inquirer & Commercial News 6 Apr 1887.
Departure from WA Not applicable.