NAME John BROWN Name variations: See ‘Additional Details’ below.
Birth Date and Place Chelmsford, Essex, England [WO12-9615-145].
Baptism Date and Place
Marriage Date and Place
Occupations Labourer (prior to Army recruitment).
Convict Establishment: Assistant Warder, Night Warder, Cookhouse Duties, Road Party supervision, Gatekeeper –
variously from 1851-1865 [not verified, indistinguishable BARK p.25].
Land Acquisition in WA
Death Date and Place
Burial Date and Place
Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices
Will and Probate
Regiment 96th Regiment of Foot.
Soldier No. and Rank #1858 Private [WO12-9620-334].
Enlistment Date 14 Jan 1843 [WO12-9614-370].
Arrival Australia: Ship and Date Hydrabad. Embarked 29 Jun 1843, Gravesend, Kent. [WO12-9615-192 to 199].
Dep. 4 Jul 1843, Deal, Kent. Arr. 17 Oct 1843, Sydney, NSW.
Arr. 4 Nov 1843, Launceston, VDL [TROVE].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date Java 26 Feb 1847 from Hobart, embarked 27 Jan 1847 [WO12-9620-334].
Medals, Clasps and Badges Good Conduct Badge 1d. per diem from 2 Aug 1848 [WO12-9622-143].
Military Postings within Western Australia Bunbury 26 Feb 1847 to 30 Jun 1848 [WO9620 & 9622].
On Guard 1 to 31 Jul 1848 [WO12-9622-143].
Perth HQ 1 Aug to 31 Dec 1843 [WO12-9622-171].
On Command 1 to 31 Jan 1848 [WO12-9622-199].
Perth HQ 1 Feb – 31 Mar 1848 including six days in hospital [WO12-9622-199].
Perth HQ 1 Apr to 27 Apr 1849 [deduced as WO12-9624 Musters are not extant in WA].
Courts Martial in Western Australia None.
Discharge Date and Place

27 Apr 1849 Perth, Western Australia – Conditional [WO28-266-97].
15 Feb 1851 Horse Guards, Westminster, London.
1 Jul 1851 Commandant, Perth, Western Australia.
Purchased Discharge for £18 0s. 0d. [WO28-266-132].
[see right: General Orders WO28-266-132].

Age at Discharge
Length of Service 6 years 3 months – deduced [WO12-9614-370].
There were THREE privates in the 96th Regiment in Hobart, VDL between 1841 and 1849 with the name John Brown: Regimental # 575, 1804, 1858. One of them has occassionally been found with the second given name ‘Loring’ in the Army Musters.  This has led to some confusion as to which of these men took his discharge in Western Australia. The Musters have been examined the the following information verified:

Private John Brown #575 did not serve in the Swan River Colony detachment from February 1847 to May 1849 [WO12-9620],  He was not serving in India (Lahore) in 1st Quarter 1851 [WO12- 9625].
Private John (Loring) Brown #1804 served in the Swan River Colony from February 1847 to May 1849 after which he left with the regiment on Radcliffe for India. He was serving in India (Lahore) in 1st Quarter 1851[WO12- 9625].
Private John Brown #1858 served in the Swan River Colony from February 1847 to 27 May 1849 when his conditional discharge was approved by the Commandant in Perth [WO28-266-97]. He did not leave the Colony with the regiment and remained in the Swan River Colony when he purchased his final discharge on 1 Jul 1851[WO12-266-132].  He was at the Swan River Colony in 1st Quarter 1851 awaiting discharge [WO12-9625].

Apart from his birthplace, found on a Pay List recorded in Launceston VDL, personal information relating to John Brown’s life is a ‘work in progress’.  There are 20 marriages, 20 deaths and 40 fathers of children for men named John Brown within likely timeframes.  I am hoping that publishing his Army details will bring me some leads to his personal life.