Private John Bozen (c.1834.....1902)
Back to . . . 12th
Foot East Suffolk Regiment
Where Born :
Soldier / Baker.Constable/ Wardsman / Railway
Date Arrived :
29th May 1854.
Ship Arrived on : "Gloucester"
arrived in Hobart Town
Rank on Discharge : Private
Regimental # : 3210
Date of Enlistment : 16 March
Where Enlisted : England
Date of Discharge :
16 October 1865
Where Discharged : New
12 October 1902
Died / Buried : buried in the
Cornelian Bay Cemetary, Hobart.
Parents Names :
Spouse's Name : Jane
Date Married : 13th March 1867
Married : St. Matthews Church,
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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
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
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
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.
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
- 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
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.
- © Copyright B & M Chapman
- Last revised: January 05, 2004.