The begining of the
48th's term Sydney (1817-1820)
- Back to
48th Foot .The
Northamptonshire Regiment 1817 - 1824
- The Forward guard of the 48th Regiment arrived
onboard the "Pilot ", a convict transport at
Port Jackson , on the 28th July, 1817.
- The Regiment's Battalion Headquarters Division ,
under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Erskine,
- arrived onboard the "Barque..Matilda
" . at Port Jackson on 3rd
August 1817. On this voyage were 13 officers, 179
"other ranks "and 50 women and children.
- The remainder of the 48th under Brevert Major
Thomas Bell,CB, sailed on HM. ships " Lloyd's "
- carrying 200 of the garrison arrived on 30
August, 1817 & "Dick " under Major Gilbert
Cimitiere with the largest party arriving 3rd September
1817. The 48th's stay in N.S.W. had began during
turbulent times in the colony. The govenor had
established a settlement that was progressing forward as
a town of fortune. But the unrest between the Government
and the military had caused a great deal of friction
within the settlement . Regiments were replaced on a
fairly regular basis as they had a tendency to do as they
pleased . The 73rd Regiment replaced the 102nd Regiment
,as the officer had deposed the then govenor Royal Navy
Captain William Bligh and siezed control of the
government of the colony in 1809. Eventually calm was
restored and government control returned .
- Sydney town had began to develop roads and outer
colonies. Hobart Town had been settled as had
- Newcastle ,Richmond, Parramatta, Windsor .Norfolk
Island ,settled in 1788 was all but abandoned.
- The Govenor of the time, Macquarie, had made many
improvements which had bought him the admiration
- of the populace. The course of action he was to
take next was to bring him in direct conflict with the
46th Regiment the regiment that replaced his own ,the
73rd . This was to flow on to the 48th . He intended to
restore society worthy emancipists, those who had
completed their sentences and had established themselves
as substantial members of the colonial community.
- This was opposed by the officers of the 46th
Regiment, when he wanted to introduce selected
- into the mess of the 46th . The tension between
the government and the 46th grew , in July 1817 Macquarie
intended to lay charges against the officers of the 46th
for insubordination. Macquarie hoped that the arrival of
the 48th Regiment under a far more tolerant man's command
would ease this tension .
- Macquarie instigated the "Rule of Exclusion
" to apply to any regiment that succeeded the 46th .
- 48th were barracked at the new George street
barracks. They were to share the barracks with the
regiment they were to replace, the 46th. The command
accepted with reservation the "Rule of Exclusion
" and tension eased . The 48th regiment took command
from the 46th on the 12th of August at Hyde Park .
- The 48th was soon introduced to the formal duties
of the colony with many of the officers and men
- confined to as they termed, mundane chores. This
was in some ways not being the case for a good percentage
.They were to assist in the exploration and settlement of
a great number of territories. The 48th's problems with
the 46th Regiment were to follow them to many places,and
many times bought them into direct conflict (politically)
with each other.
- When the Regiment's tour of duty in New South
Wales ended in 1824 , ten percent of the veteran other
- ranks and several officers settled in N.S.W .Many
regional centres and the surrounding towns were settled
by members of the 48th Regiment. Soldiers became farmers,
trading their rifles for ploughs,their only enemies
mother nature, not human nature.
- Excerpt from Clem Sargant's book
THE COLONIAL GARRISON 1818-1824 published 1996
of the 46th 48th, Regiment
- The information is intended for
it's Historical Value only, far more information can be
gained from the above Publication
- © Copyright B & M Chapman
- Last revised: January 05, 2004.