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Private John Bozen (c.1834.....1902)

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  • Born : circa 1834
  • Where Born : England
  • Occupation : Soldier / Baker.Constable/ Wardsman / Railway Porter. 
  • Date Arrived : 29th May 1854.
  • Ship Arrived on : "Gloucester" arrived in Hobart Town
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Regimental # : 3210
  • Date of Enlistment : 16 March 1853
  • Where Enlisted : England
  • Date of Discharge : 16 October 1865
  • Where Discharged : New Zealand
  • Died : 12 October 1902
    Where Died / Buried : buried in the Cornelian Bay Cemetary, Hobart.
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  • Spouse's Name : Jane Elizabeth Smith
  • Date Married : 13th March 1867
    Where Married : St. Matthews Church, New Norfolk,Tasmania.
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      My great grandfather was John BOZEN Private 3210 of the 12th Footwho settled in Tasmania.
    This is a brief outline of his history as found in Muster Records etc and from family history.
    John BOZEN was born in England? in 1834.  Place of birth unknown, parents unknown (we are still trying to find this information) He enlisted 16.3.1853 and was given the rank of Private
    From the Muster Records he Embarked for Van Diemans Land from Cork, on board the "Gloucester" and arrived in Hobart Town 29th May 1854. From looking through the Muster Rolls the following points of interest are
    worth noting. From October 1854 till December 1855 Private Bozen appeared on the Rolls as being stationed at these places. Castlemaine, Ballarat, and back to Castlemaine. Job position noted as Guard.
    Jan-March 1856 Transferred to VDL
    April-June 1856 Stationed at Port Arthur as Guard
    April-June 1859 Sydney, Guard
    Sept-Dec 1859 Launceston. VDL, Guard
    Oct-Dec 1860
    till Oct 1862 Port Arthur, Guard
    Oct 1862 till 1863 Staff Servant, Hospital Port Arthur
    Aug 1863 Embarked for New Zealand on Board the "Isabella" arriving in New
    Zealand 2.9.1863

    Served in New Zealand fighting the Maori Wars till discharge in New Zealand 16.9.1865  (Whereabouts unknown till marriage)
    13th March 1867 Marriage to Jane Elizabeth Smith at St. Matthews Church,
    New Norfolk, Tasmania.  Stated Occupation as Baker.
    In Tasmanian State Records the name John Bozen appears as renting a shop and house in New Norfolk about the time of his marriage.  On the Birth Certificates of his children one can trace some history of his occupation
    and whereabouts. Occupations were stated as Constable and his whereabouts was near the Old Hobart Gaol. Once it was stated as a Wardsman at the hospital and in his later years as a Railway Porter.  He and his wife had 10
    children, the eldest Annie being my Grandmother. John Bozen died 12.10.1902 and is buried in the Cornelian Bay Cemetary, Hobart.
    A notice in the "Mercury" newspaper appeared at the time of his death from the Protestant Friendly Society- Good Samaritan Lodge No 1 asking for members to attend  his service.
    A notice also appeared from his sisters naming themselves M.T. and A.E. but no other information
    John BOZEN was awarded the Maori War Medal for his services and it remains in excellent condition in our family.
    It may also be of interest to know that John Bozens' daughter Annie Bozen married George Pennicott in Tasmania - George being the son of convict Adam Pennicott.  A strange turn of events seeing John was a guard for so many years at Port Arthur.
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