51st Regiment Uniform
St Michael’s Church Stone, Staffordshire
Mottram’s baptism entry
Mottram’s Discharge to Pension – page 1 [WO12-649-107]
Mottram at Sea – cover page of Lord Lyndoch‘s Surgeon’s Journal [ADM101-44-4].
Mottram’s Death Certificate
NAME Samuel MOTTRAMName variations: Motram, Mottrem
Birth Date and Place19 Jan 1800 Stone, Staffordshire, England [Staffordshire Record Office].
Baptism Date and Place15 Feb 1800 St Michael’s Church, Stone, Staffordshire, England [Staffordshire Record Office]
Marriage Date and Placec. 1833 Cork, Ireland – not verified.
SpouseCatherine MAGNER, Magnor [WABDM].
ChildrenMargaret b.1836 Ireland – not verified.
John b.1839 Hobart, Tasmania [TasBDM Reg.#128].
Thomas b.& d. unknown, Western Australia – not verified.
Jane b.1844, Western Australia – not verified.
Samuel b.1846 Western Australia – not verified.
Annie b.1849 Western Australia – not verified.
James b.1851 Perth, Western Australia – not verified.
Dates and places of most children from misc. sources but not verified by primary sources.
Land Acquisition in WANone.
Death Date and Place23 Jul 1882 Havelock, Tullaroop Shire, Victoria [VicBDM Reg# 9215]
Cause of Death: Paraplegia 12 months.
Burial Date and PlaceJuly 1882 Maryborough Cemetery, Victoria [FindaGrave].
Death, Funeral, Obituary NoticesNone.
Will and ProbateNone.
Regiment90th Light Infantry Regiment, Perthshire Volunteers. 01 Jan 1831 transferred to
51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank#585 Private [WO97-649-107].
Attestation Date and Place13 July 1826 Carlisle, Cumberland.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 10¼ ins. Complexion: fair.  Eyes: hazel.  Hair: brown.
Service/CampaignsIonian Islands 5½ years – 2 Dec 1828 to 12 Jun 1834.
Australian Colonies – 9 years.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesNone.
Casualty/MedicalSuffering from a severe Rheumatic affection which caused enlargement of the left knee thereby together with his age incapacitated him for service.
Unfit for service in India.
Regimental Courts MartialNone.
District Courts MartialNone.
General Courts MartialNone.
Arrival Australian NSW: Ship and DateLord Lyndoch.  Embarked 24 Mar 1838 at Deptford. Paid to 31 Jul 1838.
Dep. 4 Apr 1838 London. Arr. 8 Aug 1838 Port Jackson, NSW. [WO12-6200-193].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateRunnymede 25 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaYork 25 to 30 Jun 1840.
Mahogany Creek 1 Jul 1840 to 31 May 1841.
Mottram reached 14 years service with the Army on 10 Jul 1840.  He had been receiving 2d. per diem additional pay since arriving in Australia.
Perth HQ 1 Jun 1841 to 31 Jan 1842 inc. Garrison Duty (Jan 1842).
Rottnest Island 1 Feb 1842 to 31 Jan 1847.
Perth HQ 1 Feb to 11 Mar 1847, thereafter on Furlough and attached to the 96th Regiment awaiting Discharge and Medical examination for Pension purposes [WO12-6208-190].
[All sourcing from WO12-6202 TO 6208].
Courts Martial in Western AustraliaNone.
Discharge Date and Place
Admission to Pension Date and Place
11 Mar 1847 Perth, Western Australia.
24 Aug 1847 Perth, Western Australia [WO23-59-8].
Age at Discharge43 years 8 months.
Length of Service20 years 265 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-649-107.
Pension DistrictWestern Australia (1847-1865?).
Melbourne, Victoria (1865?-1882).
Pension Amount1s. 0d. per diem.
Notes on Pension PaymentPaid by Regiment to 31 Mar 1848.
Paid by Commissariat to 30 Jun 1851.
Thereafter transferred to Captain Bruce’s Pay List.
There is nothing to suggest Mottram was taken onto EPF strength, this was merely a means of receiving his pension entitlement as a military pensioner once Perth became a Pension District with the arrival of Captain John Bruce and the EPF men [WO22-248-39].


Samuel Mottram was posted to Rottnest Island for over five years during his Army service in Western Australia.  This is an unusual amount of time for a continuous posting.  While he was on Rottnest, Superintendent Henry Francis Vincent was in charge of the Rottnest Establishment.  Vincent was a controversial gaoler and ultimately there would be an investigation into the treatment of the natives incarcerated on the Island during Vincent’s time there. Mottram and many other 51st Regiment soldiers would give depositions at that investigation before a bench of Magistrates in August 1846.  Click here for a transcription of the proceedings.

It is clear from Mottram’s record of pension payments that by 1865 he had left Western Australia and settled in Victoria.  It is not certain if all the family left at the same time.  However, in 1865 his pension payment record shows that there was a stoppage for his wife’s baggage to be sent from Perth to Melbourne [WO22-252].  Catherine Mottram, his wife, made appearances in the Perth Police Court on at least a dozen occasions from 1851 to 1862 for drunkenness, bad language and bad behaviour [TROVE].  This may mean the whole family left for Victoria sometime after 1862 – or at least by that year Catherine had mended her ways!