63rd Regimental Badge
[Burridge Collection]

The Rush Church – Swan River Colony’s first Anglican place of worship
Marriage in the Rush Church of
John Conolly and Mary Spice
Perth Gazette 26 March 1852
All Saints Anglican Church, Upper Swan
burial place of John Connolly
John W CONNOLLYName variations: Conolly, Connelly, Connelley.
Birth Date and Place15 Sep 1800 Codehile (Cootehill), County Monaghan, Ireland [BradyFT#I6114].
Baptism Date and PlaceParish of Ematris, Diocese of Clogher, County Monaghan [NAI].
Marriage Date and Place20 Sep 1831 Rush Church, Perth, Western Australia [FSLDS 7720553-152].
SpouseMary SPICE [FSLDS 7720553-152].
ChildrenWilliam b. 1834 Perth, Western Australia [FSLDS 7720553-090-144].
Jane b. 1836 Upper Swan, Western Australia [FSLDS 7720553-103-49].
Charles b. 1837 Upper Swan, Western Australia [FSLDS 7720553-107-89].
John b. 1839 Upper Swan, Western Australia [BradyFT#I6114].
Eliza b. 1841 Upper Swan, Western Australia [BradyFT#I6114].
Robert b. 1845 Ellens Brook, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.615].
James b. 1847 Ellens Brook, Western Australia – twin [WABDM Reg.948].
Joseph b. 1847 Ellens Brook, Western Australia – twin [WABDM Reg.949].
Mary b.1849 Ellens Brook, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.1359].
Anne b.1852 Upper Swan, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.2283].
OccupationsAgricultural Labourer. Farmer. [WACEN1837 p.67].
Land Acquisition in WAApplied for Perth Lot T20 – date unknown [MSJ p.149].
Death Date and Place24 Mar 1852 Upper Swan, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.631].
Cause of Death: Thrown from horse.
Burial Date and PlaceMarch 1852 All Saints Anglican Church Cemetery, Upper Swan, Western Australia [FGRV].
Death, Funeral, Obituary NoticesPerth Gazette 26 Mar 1852.
Will and ProbateNone.
Regiment63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank#146 Private [DEN p.24].
Attestation Date and Place13 Sep 1819 [C. Coulthard ancestry].
Physical DescriptionHeight:  5 ft. 7 in. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: brown. Hair: brown [MSJ p.149].
Service/CampaignsPortugal 18 months.
Western Australia 5 years.
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateSulphur 8 Jun 1829 from Spithead, England [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaPerth Barracks HQ [WHIT p.39].
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Discharge Date and Place1834 Perth, Western Australia [MSJ p.149].
Age at Discharge33 years [deduced].
Length of Service14 years 5 months [deduced].
Chelsea Pension ReferenceNot eligible or not extant [deduced].


John and Mary ‘Conolly’ and their eldest two children are recorded in the Colony’s 1837 census, with birthplaces of Ireland, England and Western Australia respectively. He is described as an Agricultural Labourer. It is very likely that John was working for his wife’s family. On the same page of the census Saul and Sarah Spice and three other family members are recorded. Saul Spice’s property ‘from Head of River to Albion Town’ comprised 70 acres of wheat, 12 of barley and 6 of oats; there were 6½ acres of green crops and potatoes. The farm’s livestock included horses, horned cattle, swine and bullocks [WACEN pp.67,76].

From 1841 to 1845 he was farming at Upper Swan and Bindoon on ‘Jootanget’. He employed a Parkhurst Boy as a farm servant – not verified [ERIC p.62; STAT p.67].