BAKER Philip

Sergeant Baker’s Attestation in Limerick on 1st July 1824

Sergeant Baker’s Army Discharge 31 Jul 1840, Swan River Colony
Sale of Sergeant Baker’s Land at Albany prior to his death in 1843
Philip Baker’s Will dated 27 Apr and Probated 11 Sep 1843

NAME Philip BAKERName variations: Phillip
Birth Date and Placec. 1805 Adair, Adair, Limerick, Ireland [WO131-0002].
Baptism Date and Place
Marriage Date and Placec. 1835/1836 Albany, Western Australia – not verified [deduced].
SpouseSophia POINTS [deduced].
ChildrenWilliam Philip b.1836 (d.1838) Albany, Western Australia [FSLDS 7720553-286].
Eliza b.1837 Albany, Western Australia [BLKB p.122].
James b.1838 Albany, Western Australia [FSLDS 7720553-288].
William Philip b.1840 Albany (d.1841 Perth), Western Australia [FSLDS918779-3-23].
Emma Amelia b.1841 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.3].
Mary Ann (Molly) b.1843 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.191].
OccupationsLabourer 1824 [WO131-0002 p.1].
Shoemaker, Albany 1841. Carpenter, Perth 1841 [EPCEM].
Land Acquisition in WATown Allotment, Albany, Western Australia [Perth Gazette 22 Apr 1843].
Purchase date unknown; advertised for sale April 1843.
Death Date and Place11 June 1843 Perth, Western Australia [WASRO Cons. 3403-1843-021].
Cause of Death: Alcoholic Dropsy.
Burial Date and PlaceJune 1843 East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia.
Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices
Will and ProbateWill: 27 Apr 1843. Admon. Bond: 11 Sep 1843. Probate: 11 Sep 1843 Civil Court of Western Australia [WASRO Cons. 3403-1843-021].
Regiment21st (Royal North British Fuzileers) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank#330 Sergeant [WO131-0002].
Attestation Date and Place1 Jul 1824 Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9 ins.  Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: sandy (at discharge age 35).
Service/CampaignsVan Dieman’s Land and Swan River 6 years and upwards.
PromotionsPrivate to Corporal 22 Aug 1826.
Corporal to Sergeant 22 May 1829.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesNone.
Casualty/MedicalOpinion of the Principal Medical Officer at Fremantle is that he is free from any complaint likely to affect his life, 25 Jun 1841 [WO131-0002].
At an Examination of Invalid Soldiers on 14 Jul 1841, it was recorded he was eligible ‘free of charge for the deferred pension’ [WO31-0040].
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Arrival Australia State: Ship and DateJava.  Embarked 24 Jun 1833 Deptford [WO25-3503].
Dep. Cork 24 Jul 1833. Arr. 18 Nov 1833 Port Jackson, Sydney, NSW [DPS, TROVE].
Lord Lyndoch.
Dep. 6 Dec 1833 Sydney, NSW. Arr. 10 Dec 1833 Hobart, VDL. [WO12-3802-150,TROVE].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateCaroline 25 Feb 1835 from Hobart [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaOn detachment Feb 1835 to Sep 1837 [WO12-3803-220 to WO12-3806-173].
King Georges Sound Oct 1837 to Jul 1840 [WO12-3806-196 to WO12-3809-63].
Discharge Date and Place31 Jul 1840 Swan River Colony, Western Australia [WO131-0002].
Age at Discharge35 years.
Length of Service16 years 32 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO131-0002.
Registered for deferred pension and gratuity of 12 months pay [WHIT p.63].
Pension DistrictNot stated.
Pension AmountNot stated.


Sergeant Phillip Baker arrived in Sydney NSW on 21 Nov 1833 as a guard on the convict ship Java. He transferred to Van Diemen’s Land and in 1835 came to Western Australia with his regiment.Sophia Points (Baker’s future wife) arrived in Hobart from Gravesend on Strathfieldsaye in mid-August 1834 as a single woman aged 19. Her passenger details indicated she was a housemaid and would be ‘going to friends’; possibly to Mrs Collins of Argyle Street [BPP1835 NSW].
Sophia left Hobart for Albany, Western Australia sometime before 1836 on a ship, as yet, unknown.