NAME William QUILCH Name variations: Quelch.
Birth Date and Place c. 1814 – not verified [WABDM Reg.#9101].
Baptism Date and Place
Marriage Date and Place
Land Acquisition in WA None.
Death Date and Place 29 Nov 1876 (age 62), Perth, Western Australia – not verified [WABDM Reg.#9101].
Cause of Death: Debility.
Burial Date and Place 30 Nov 1876 East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia – not verified [EPCEM].
Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices None.
Will and Probate None.
Regiment 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank #920 Private [WO12-6205-217].
Enlistment Date and Place Records not extant in Australia.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Good Conduct Badge 1d. per diem prior to arrival in WA.
Forfeited GC Badge and payment 8 Oct 1843 for entry in Defaulters Book [WO12-6205-245].
Good Conduct Badge 1d. per diem 14 Jan 1847 [WO12-6208-190].
Arrival Australia: Ship and Date Emma Eugenia.  Embarked 17 Oct 1837, Deptford, London [WO25-3503; WO12-6200-150].
Arr. 9 Feb 1838  Port Jackson, NSW. Dep. Portsmouth, England 8 Nov 1837 [DPS].
Marion Watson.
Arr. 21 Feb 1838 Hobart, VDL. Dep. 15 Feb 1838 Sydney, NSW [Hobart Courier].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date Champion 5 Jul 1843 from Hobart [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western Australia King George’s Sound 7 Jul to 30 Sep 1843.
Perth HQ 1 Oct to 31 Oct 1843.
Pinjarrah 1 Nov 1843 to 30 Sep 1844.
Perth HQ 1 Oct 1844 to 31 Mar 1845 inc. Garrison Duty (March).
York 1 Apr 1845 to 31 Oct 1846.
Perth HQ 1 Nov  to 31 Dec 1845 Garrison Duty.
On Command 1 Jan to 28 Feb 1847 followed by Perth HQ and discharge.
[All sourcing from WO12-6205 TO 6208].
Courts Martial in Western Australia None.
Discharge Date and Place 31 Mar 1847 Perth, Western Australia [WO12-6208-190].
Age at Discharge 33 years [deduced].
Length of Service Unknown.
This soldier’s surname is consistently spelt QUILCH in the Army Musters and Pay Lists in New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia.  However, after his Army discharge his name does not appear anywhere in Australian records I have searched, including newsprint.  He may be the William QUELCH who died and was buried in East Perth Cemetery, but this cannot be verified.

The Adelaide Observer printed a notice of marriage between a William QUILCH and Janet Thomson of Morphett Vale, South Australia (June 1863).  However, the marriage register records the  name as QUELCH which is its form on subsequent records of a second marriage, and death/burial (1886 – coincidentally the same year as the Western Australian death).


Diane Oldman 2021