‘Maddington Park’ Harris Homestead c. 1980
Joseph Harris embarks on the Convict Ship HMS Buffalo
Death reported in West Australian 21 Nov 1896
Memorial Stone ‘Maddington Park’
Last Will and Testament of Joseph Harris
Joseph HARRISName variations: None encountered.
Birth Date and Placec.1810 Coventry, Warwickshire, England – not verified  [deduced WABDM Reg.67].
Baptism Date and Place
Marriage Date and Place2 Jun 1832 St John the Baptist Church, Chester, Cheshire – not verified [Cheshire Record Office].
SpouseMary Ann JONES [WABDM Reg.4845].
[Erickson and Statham state Mary Jane].
ChildrenJoseph b. 16 Dec 1832 Chester, Cheshire – place not verified.
Baptised 23 Mar 1838 Chatham, Kent [Medway Archives].
OccupationsRoadworks Contractor.  Carter.  Farmer [ERIC p.1376].
Land Acquisition in WALeased Canning Loc. 13 from J S Roe and family [ERIC p.1376].
Further research to be conducted.
Death Date and Place14 Nov 1896 ‘Maddington Park’, Canning, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.67].
Burial Date and PlaceNovember 1896 Kenwick Pioneer Cemetery, Albany Highway, Kenwick, Western Australia.
Grave 30, Church of England [Jill Bickmore].
Memorial Stone at ‘Maddington Park’.
Death, Funeral, Obituary NoticesWest Australian 21 Nov 1896.
Western Mail 27 Nov 1896.
Northern Advertiser 28 Nov 1896.
Will and ProbateWill: 17 Oct 1896. Probate: 21 Jan 1897. Supreme Court of Western Australia.
[WASRO Cons. 3403-1898-03].
Regiment51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank#727 Private [WO12-6202-54].
Attestation Date and Place
Arrival Australian State: Ship and DateBuffalo – Convict Ship.
Departed Chatham, Kent 23 May 1839 for Quebec, Canada [WO12-6201-200].
Departed Quebec 28 Sep 1839; arrived Hobart, Van Diemens Land 11 Feb 1840 [DPS].
Re-joined 51st Regiment in Hobart 15 Feb 1840 [WO12-6201-169].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateRunnymede 25 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaRegimental Duty Perth HQ Jun 1840 to Mar 1841 [WO12-6202].
Canning Apr to Jun 1841. Perth HQ Jul 1841 to Mar 1842 [WO12-6203].
Narpund Apr & May 1842. Perth HQ Jun 1842 to Mar 1843 [WO12-6204].
Perth HQ Apr to Jun 1843. Bunbury Jul to Sep 1843. Perth HQ Oct 1843 to Mar 1844 [WO12-6205].
Perth HQ Apr 1844 to Mar 1847 [WO12-6206 & 6208].
Courts Martial in Western AustraliaNone.
Discharge Date and Place31 Mar 1847 Perth, Western Australia [WO12-6208-189].
Age at Dischargec. 37 years [deduced].
Length of Service


Joseph Harris was a convict guard on board HMS Buffalo along with thirty other men from the 51st Regiment. Click here for a list of men who embarked at Chatham on 23rd May 1839. Three of his comrades on board were discharged at the Swan River and also became Redcoat Settlers [WO12-6201-200/205].

Joseph Harris and his descendants lived at ‘Maddington Park’ from about 1870 when Joseph Harris snr. leased the property until his son bought the property in 1908. The last Harris to live in the 1836 homestead (Amy Harris) died in a kitchen fire in 1983. The family eventually sold the property in 2003 to a developer, who has destroyed the historic property, demolished historic outbuildings and caused two major fires in the homestead. The developer is now letting one of the oldest stone buildings in Perth to fall down through “demolition by neglect”. There are many newspaper articles on the Harris family while they lived in Maddington (one was the Mayor of Gosnells Council). [The Harris family] also owned a lot of land in the next door suburb of Kenwick; that property long destroyed through construction of a Railway line. [Ian McNamara, Maddington Researcher].