MOONEY Lawrence

Lawrence Mooney
[WA Police Historical Society]

Neighbouring Parishes Carnaross and
Kilskyre, County Meath

Death Notice [WA Record 7 Mar 1895]
Lawrence Mooney’s Will
[WASRO Cons.3403-1895-019]

Lawrence Mooney was a devout Catholic and was well thought of by the early Catholic Community in Albany
Lawrence MOONEYName variations: Moonie. Laurence.
Birth Date and Placec. 1809 Carnaross, Kells, County Meath, Ireland
[Account Book p.12 SLWA Acc. 3158/2].
Baptism Date and Place12 Jun 1810 Kilskyre, Meath, Ireland [RC Church Reg.12].
Marriage Date and Place24 Jan 1827, Maryboro, Ireland [Account Book p.14 SLWA Acc. 3158/2].
SpouseElizabeth O’REILLY or Eliza RILEY [variations in all records].
ChildrenAnn b.1828 Fermoy, Ireland [Account Book p.14 SLWA Acc. 3158/2].
Lawrence b.1831 Kilkenny, Ireland [Account Book p.14 SLWA Acc. 3158/2].
John Enchantress b. 1833 at sea [WA Death Cert. Reg. #3500067].
Elizabeth b.1837 Albany, Western Australia [FSLDS Film 7720553-287].
Mary b.1839 Albany, Western Australia [BLKB p.153].
Patrick b.1840 Albany, Western Australia [FSLDS Film 7720553-288].
James b.1844 Albany, Western Australia [FSLDS Film 1363650].
Joseph Lawrence b.1846 Albany, Western Australia [FSLDS Film 1363650].
OccupationsPolice Force April 1841 to December 1868 [PASH index].
Constable 1841. Corporal 1844. Acting Sergeant ? [Conole 2008].
Land Acquisition in WA29 Apr 1840 Town Lot 113, Grey Street, Albany [BLKB p.155].
Jan 1843 Plantagenet Location 34, 25 acres [BLKB p.155].
Death Date and Place14 Feb 1895 Albany, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.230].
Burial Date and PlaceAlbany Cemetery, Western Australia – not verified.
Death, Funeral, Obituary NoticesWest Australian 27 Feb 1895 [TROVE].
Bunbury Herald 2 Mar 1895.
WA Record 7 Mar 1895.
Will and ProbateWill: 6 Feb 1895. Probate: 4 Mar 1895, Supreme Court of Western Australia. [WASRO Cons.3403-1895-019].
Regiment21st (Royal North British Fuzileers) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank#456 Private.
Attestation Date and Place18 Mar 1826 Kells, County Meath, Ireland [Account Book p.12 SLWA Acc. 3158/2].
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 5¾ ins. Complexion: dark. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown
[Account Book p.12 SLWA Acc. 3158/2].
Service/CampaignsAustralian Colonies.
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 Perth 1833-Jun 1834 [WO12-3802 to 3803-154].
Assisting Surveyor Jul-Sep 1834 [WO12-3803-178].
HQ Perth Oct 1834-Jun 1835 [WO12-3804-157].
On Detachment Jul 1835-Sep 1837 [WO12-3804 to 3806-179].
King George’s Sound Oct 1837-Jul 1840 [WO12-3806 to 3809-65].
Discharge Date and Place31 July 1840 at his own request [Parchment Certificate SLWA Acc. 3158/3].
Age at Discharge30 years.
Length of Service13 years 106 days.


Acc. 1081A (original documents) or Acc. 3158A (microfilm) include:
Army Account Books for 1833-1838 and 1839-1840. Monthly settlements and clothing account; personal details.
Parchment Certificate including discharge date. Admission as Constable for Plantagenet District 1843 and 1847.

Lawrence Mooney has been exhaustively researched and written of in:
Conquest and Settlement, Geoff Blackburn, Hesperian Press 1999.
Irish Scene Magazine, Peter Conole, Sep-Oct edition 2008.
Lawrence Mooney: a talk prepared for the Albany Historical Society, Dora Bulbeck 1967 [SLWA Ephemera].