Inquirer 12 Jan 1848
St Mark’s Anglican Churchyard, Picton

Excerpt from Lieutenant Bunbury’s Journal [MS 3072 p.93, NLA]
NAME John ALLISONName variations: Alison, Allinson
Birth Date and Place7 Jan 1811 [BLKB p.134].
Baptism Date and Place
Marriage Date and Place1st: 1 Aug 1855 Bunbury, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.896].
2nd: 28 Nov 1856 Bunbury, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.998].
Spouse1st: Ester (Esther) PRICE [WABDM Reg.896].
2nd: Mary McBRIDE (McBryde) [WABDM Reg.998].
Children1st Marriage: Esther b.1856 Bunbury, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.3228].
2nd Marriage: Ellen b.1857 Picton, Bunbury, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.4006].
Occupations1 Dec 1847 Sandalwood Sawyer; licence for two men, three months [Government Gazette 1848].
Chainman for Henry Ommanney, Government Surveyor for five years [ERIC p.32].
Land Acquisition in WA
Death Date and Place8 Aug 1875 Bunbury, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.8625].
Burial Date and Place9 Aug 1875 St Mark’s Anglican Churchyard, Picton, Bunbury, Western Australia [FSLDS 007720548-91].
Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices
Will and ProbateNone.
Regiment21st (Royal North British Fuzileers) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank#700 Private [WO12-3802].
Enlistment Date and Place
Arrival Van Diemen’s Land: Ship and DateEnchantress. Embarked Deptford, London 18 Mar 1833.
Dep. Portsmouth18 Apr; arr. Hobart 31 Jul 1833.
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateJane 9 Sep 1833 from Hobart [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaHQ Sep 1833 to Feb 1834 [WO12-3802-106].
On detachment Mar 1834 to Sep 1835 [WO3802 to 3804].
Attended Surveyor Oct to Nov 1835 [WO12-3804].
HQ Dec 1835 to Feb 1836 [WO12-3804].
On detachment Mar 1835 to Sep 1837 [WO12-3804 to 3806].
Vasse Oct 1837 to Mar 1838 [WO12-3806].
Leschenault Apr 1838; Middle Swan May 1838 [WO12-3807].
Vasse Jun to Sep1838; HQ Oct 1838 [WO12-3807].
Vasse Nov 1838 to Mar 1840 [WO-3807 to 3808].
Swan River Apr to Jul 1840 [WO12-3809].
Courts Martial in Western AustraliaNone.
Discharge Date and Place31 Jul 1840 [WO12-3809-64].
Age at Discharge29 years [deduced].
Length of Service


Although the Musters & Pay Lists for the 21st Regiment Detachment in Western Australia are mostly ‘silent’ on where the troops were on detachment, we know from Lieutenant Bunbury’s Journal [MS 3072 p.93, NLA], that Private John Allison was with Bunbury for his first land exploration of the Vasse in 1836 and again in February 1837. The original journal entry in Bunbury’s hand (sidebar) reads, I was ordered to send two soldiers to escort Mr Layman with some cattle across the country from Pinjarrup [sic] to the Vasse; they were to follow my old track, of the journey above related, as near as they could, and I therefore sent as one of them, Allison, who had been with me; was a good bushman and much liked by the Natives. Finding Layman was a very helpless hand in the bush I looked out for a Native to show the way to Gombonup and to assist them.Monang refused to go without me, and no other Pinjarrup [sic] man would at first undertake it unless I went, but at length, finding Allison and Keegan were the men selected, two Natives Denma and Wumban (commonly called Jem), agreed to go with them as I was to follow in a few days.
Blackburn in his footnote 28, p.165, refers us to another description of John Allison’s life which appeared in the South Western Times of 7 Aug 1969, entitled Forgotten Soldier saw History made in the SW. Blackburn comments that there are some inaccuracies when describing the activities of the 21st Regiment.