PERSONAL DETAILSAlexander SWEENEY
Birth date and placec. 1819 Newtown Cunningham, Donegal, Ireland
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
See Muster below (1841, 1851).
Occupations pre-WALabourer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 10½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place2 Jun 1849 St James Church, Jamestown, St Helena.
SpouseMargaret Anne YOUD (widow of ? Beale).
ChildrenJohn 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 place3 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 ProbateNone.
Death Notices and ObituariesDaily 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 place29 Mar 1838 Buncrana, Donegal.
Service/CampaignsSt Helena 8 years 3 months.
Crimea 6 months.
Musters1841 Guernsey & Jersey [WO10-1818].
1851 St Helena [WO10-2076].
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesCrimea War Medal clasp Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Four Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Courts MartialImprisoned 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 MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place21 Sep 1859 Woolwich.
Length of Service21 years 10 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97/1351/135.
Post Discharge ResidenceWoolwich.
Post Discharge Pension DistrictWoolwich (1859-1860).
Pension Amount1/- per diem.
ARRIVAL AND LIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipPalmerston.
Departure and Arrival10 Nov 1860 Portland; 11 Feb 1861 Fremantle.
Status/OccupationAssistant 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
SubscriptionsNone.
Misc. Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 6 Apr 1887.
Departure from WANot applicable.