NAME: William WAGSTAFFName variations: None encountered.
Birth Date and PlaceApril 1810 Northamptonshire, England – not verified.
Baptism Date and Place15 Apr 1810 Badby, Northamptonshire, England – not verified [Badby Parish Register]. See Additional Details below.
Marriage Date and Place1st: outside Australia.
2nd: 23/25 Apr 1851 Perth, Western Australia – not verified [LDS & EPCem].
Spouse1st:  Mary Ann ?
2nd: Mary MURPHY.
Children1st Marriage:
Mary Ann b. outside Australia.
Sarah Jane b. unknown.
2nd Marriage
John b. 1845 Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg. #603].
Sara Jacoba b. 1850, Perth, Western Australia [LDS].
George b. 1852 Western Australia – not verified.
Ann Mary b. 1853 Western Australia – not verified.
Elizabeth b. 1853 Western Australia [LDS].
OccupationsIn charge of Tailor & Shoemaker Shop, Convict Establishment 1 to 28 Jul 1851 [BARK p.210].
Tailor 1864-1875 & Town Crier 1875, Toodyay [Toodyay Historical Society].
Land Acquisition in WANone.
Death Date and Place08 Aug 1880 Invalid Depot, Perth, Western Australia [WABDM Reg. #10629].
Cause of Death: Old age and debility – not verified [CHAP].
Burial Date and PlaceAugust 1880 East Perth Cemetery, Western Australia.
Death, Funeral, Obituary NoticesInquirer and Commercial News 11 Aug 1880 [TROVE].
Will and ProbateNone.
Regiment51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding, The Kings Own Light Infantry) Regiment.
Soldier No. and Rank#730 Private.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesGood Conduct Badge and Pay 1d. per diem awarded in Tasmania 14 Nov-31 Dec 1838 [WO12-6200-460].
Good Conduct Badge suspended. Entry in Defaulters Book for absent without leave 8 – 9 May & 18 Sep 1841.
Good Conduct Badge restored 1 Jan 1844.  Good Conduct Pay (87 days) restored 1 Oct 1846.
[All sourcing from WO12-6202 TO 6208].
Arrival Australia State: Ship and DatePortsea. Embarked 7 Jul 1838 Deptford. Paid in advance to 13 Nov 1838.
Dep. 31 Jul 1838 Portsmouth and 8 Aug 1838 Plymouth. Arr. 10 Dec 1838 Hobart [WO12-6200-287].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and DateRunnymede 25 Jun 1840 from Hobart [TROVE].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaDale 25-30 Jun 1840.
Perth HQ 1 Jul 1840 to 31 Mar 1841 inc. Garrison Duty (Aug 1840); 5 days in Hospital (Feb 1841).
Dale 1 Apr to 30 Jun 1841.
Perth HQ 1 Jul 1841 to 31 Mar 1847 inc. Garrison Duty (Dec 1846).
[All sourcing from WO12-6202 TO 6208].
Courts Martial in Western AustraliaNone.
Discharge Date and Place31 Mar 1847 [WO12-6208-191 & 199].
Age at Dischargec. 37 years [deduced].
Length of Service
Birth/Baptism:  Family legend indicates William Wagstaff was the son of John and Mary, born in Dodford, Northamptonshire.  Parish Registers indicate no Wagstaff births extant in Dodford Parish 1791-1812. However, the neighbouring parish of Badby (about four miles southwest) records baptisms of  four children to John and Mary Wagstaff from 1807 to 1812 including William (1810). Not verified.

A Melancholy Accident from Inquirer 16 Sep 1846





My thanks to Jeanette Lee who assisted me in 2020 with some information about William Wagstaff.