Sergeant Charles Whelan
at the Battle of Vinegar Hill
15 October 1772
Where Born : St Clements ,Middlesex London
Occupation : Labourer / Soldier
Date Arrived : 13
Ship Arrived on : " Albermarle"
Rank on Discharge : Sergeant
Date of Enlistment : 14 June 1793 in the NSW
Corp 102 Regiment
aged 22 Military Service 24
Where Enlisted : Newry Prison
Transferred to : 24 Mar 1810
Transferred to : 46th Regiment 22 Apr
Transferred to 48th : 25 August 1817
Date of Discharge 48th :22 February 1824 (inability to serve )
Where Discharged : Sydney
Died : 18 April 1839
Where Died /
Buried : Prospect NSW aged
67 St John's C. o E. Parramatta NSW
- Back to . . .The
New South Wales Corps. ( Rum Corps. ) "Renamed 102nd
- 73rd Regiment .......1st
Battalion Royal Highland
- 46th South Devonshire
. Macquarie's own Regiment
- 48th Foot .The
- Governors guard of Light
Parents Names : Father James WHALAN
, Mabel BORDEAUX
Spouse's Name : Elizabeth Berry
Date Married : 19 March 1803
Where Married :
Government House Parramatta
Remarried : St Phillips Sydney 25 March
Where Born : Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Occupation : Soldiers Wife
Date Arrived :
11 March 1803
Ship Arrived on : "Glatton"
Sentenced: Hertford 7 years
Where Died /
Buried :Glynder Methodist Church
- Descendants :
- Area Settled :
- Children :
- 1 . Mary Matilda WHALAN was born 25 Match 1804 in Sydney NSW
She died in 1835 in Sydney NSW. The cause of death was Measles. She was
buried in Dawes Point NSW. Mary married Robert Dryborourgh CUNYNGHAME son
of George CUNNINGHAM and Isabella DRYBROUGH on 11 Sep 1823 in Sydney NSW.
Robert was born in 1786 in Leith, Midlothian, Scotland. He died in
1862 in Sydney NSW.
- 2 . James WHALAN "Jamie" was born on 2 May 1806 in Sydney
NSW. He died on 6 Aug 1854 in Fish River, NSW. He was buried in All Saints
Cem, Kelso NSW.
- 3 . Charles WHALAN "Charlie" was born on 17 May 1811 in "Macquarie
Park" Prospect NSW. He died on 2 Feb 1885 in Gladsville, NSW. He was
buried in St John's C. o E. Parramatta NSW. Charles married Elizabeth
HARPER daughter of Thomas Giblett HARPER
4 . Sarah WHALAN "Sally" was born on 8 Sep 1814 in "Macquarie Park"
Prospect NSW. She died in 1889 in Sydney, NSW. Sarah married Capt. MORRIS
John on 4 Jun 1836 in Prospect, NSW. John was born in 1810 in
Brideington, Yorkshire, UK. He died on 3 Jan 1851 in Sydney, NSW.
- 5. Macquarie WHALAN was born 14 on 27 Dec 1816 in "Macquarie
Park" Prospect NSW. He died 15 on 23 Dec 1820 in Parramatta NSW. He was
buried in Devonshire St. Cem. Sydney. DEATH: Macquarie Whalan mentioned
above was named in honour of the Governor, Macquarie being the boy's
Godfather. In 1820 after the death of Macquarie Whalan, the Governor noted
his passing in his journal in the following
"The rains all over the Colony were both savage and
severe. They marked the
passing of my poor little Godson, Macquarie Whalan, son of our faithful
- 6 . Campbell WHALAN was born on 14 Jun 1819 in Parramatta,
NSW. He died on 8 Jul 1895 in Edith, NSW. Campbell married Eliza BOOTH
daughter of Joseph BOOTH and Hannah COOPER on 19 Jan 1840 in St Johns C.
of E. Parramatta, NSW. Eliza was born on 21 Jan 1823 in Parramatta, NSW.
She died in 1857 in Parramatta, NSW.
- 7 . John McLean WHALAN was born on 7 Jul 1821 in
Parramatta, NSW. He died on 4 Apr 1902 in Oberon, NSW. He was buried
in Glyndwr Cemetery, NSW.
Named as John Maclaine Whalan in Macquarie's journal at his
Christening after his nephew John Maclaine who servered with the
73rd & was killed India 1818.
John married (1) Jane HEARN daughter of John HEARN and Faith COOPER
in 1841in St Johns, Parramatta, NSW. Jane was born in 1822 in
Parramatta, NSW. She died in 1848.
John married (2) Harriet STARR on 16 Oct 1852 in Wattle Grove, NSW.
Harriet was born in 1827. She died on 8 Jul 1910 in Oberon, NSW. She
was buried 23in Glyndwr Cemetery, Oberon.
& Achievements :
- Elizabeth Berry Arrived in NSW 11
March 1803on the "Glatton", Sentenced Hertfordshire to 7 Years for
"having an unchristian attitude". We believe that part of her sentence was
excommunicated from the Church. Charles & Elizabeth were first Married ,
in the Drawing Room " Charles & Elizabeth were remarried St Phillips
Sydney 19 March 1810 along with 33 other members of the 102nd hoping to
Transfer into the 73rd Regiment Whalan would have been 37 at the
time, the cut of age was 35 but older for married man. Maybe Whalan had a
feeling of guilt of the fall of Bligh of whom he was a Bodyguard we donít
A reference dated Sydney 25 March 1810, reads.
"This is to certify that the bearer hereof, Charles
Whalan has been in the 102"d Regiment upwards of 17 years. Ten of which he
served as a Non- Commissioned Officer, that he attended Governor King as
his Orderly Sergeant and commanded his
Governors guard of Light
Horse, in which several capacities he
continued under the different Officers who held the Command in Chief in
the Colony to this period, and always justified the good will and esteem
of his superior officers by whom he was much regarded and that I believe
him a very deserving and well qualified Non- Commissioned Officer" .
(Signed W. Paterson Colonel 102nd Regiment
John Piper. Captain 102" Regiment
Before his departure from Australia, Macquarie wrote a reference
For his orderly Sergeant. It reads: -
"Government house" Sydney
12 Febry. 1822.
I do hereby certify that the bearer, Sergeant
Charles Whalan, has commanded The Governors guard of Light
Horse during the whole period of my
administration of this Government; that he has
likewise served during the same period, now upwards of twelve years as my
Confidential Orderly Sergeant; that his conduct in both situations has
been peculiarly correct, honest, honourable, and faithful, never having
had once occasion to find fault with him, or in the least degree to
censure his conduct -I do further certify that sergt. Whalan is worthy of
anything that can possibly be done for him and I accordingly recommend him
most strongly to the favor, kindness and Patronage of His Excellency, the
Governor in Chief for some situation under Government
Late Govr. In chief
Of N.S. Wales
All Whom }
It may Concern ) ď.
Charles Whalan Sentenced 5th July 1787 Middlesex London U.K.
Arrival in Colony 13 Oct 1791 Sydney NSW. 3rd Fleet "Albermerle"
Military Service 14 Jun 1793 Sydney NSW. Joined NSW Corps (Rum Corps)
Occupation from 1804 to 1822 Parramatta NSW Sergeant of
Governors guard of Light
"Macquarie Park" Prospect NSW.
Military Service 24 Mar 1810 Sydney NSW.
Joined 73rd Regiment (Macquarie Military Service 22 Apr 1815
Joined 46th Regiment on foot
- Military Service 25 Aug 1817 Sydney NSW. Joined 48th Regiment on
Retirement 22 Feb 1824 Sydney NSW. 48th Regiment on Foot
18 Apr 1839
"Macquarie Park" Prospect NSW
St John's C. o E. Parramatta NSW
Description: 6' 7.75" Tall, Fair Complexion
Father James WHALAN
Mother Mable BORDEAUX
Spouse Elizabeth BERRY
19 Mar 1810
St Phillips Sydney NSW
The burial site at ST Johns Church Cemetery
Reads as follows
In memory of
Died April the 18th 1839
aged 67 Years
died June 11th 1841 aged
4 years & 2 months
of Bridlington Yorkshire
for 17 years in command of
The Parramatta Steam Packets
died Jany.3rd 1851
SAMUEL and EMMA BOOTH
who died Oct.28th1884
aged 5 months and 15 days
Second son of the above who
entered into rest February 2
aged 75 years
He giveth beloved sleep
died April 24th 1899
in her 89th year of her age
Knowing that his
relationship arrangements with Elizabeth could preclude the new Governor's
patronage and support of his transfer between regiments, and of his position
of respect in command of the Governor's bodyguard, Charles must have felt some
trepidation when he paraded with the 102nd Regiment at 7:00 am on
19 March, to allow Macquarie to inspect those who had volunteered for
continued service in the colony with the 73rd Regiment. Those
Macquarie approved of on that morning would transfer to the 73rd on
25 March.50 Whether it his own desire to present the best
circumstances possible for transfer, or a requirement stated to him, a mere
three hours after the parade began, at 10:00 am, Charles and Elizabeth were
officially married before Assistant Chaplain of the colony William Cowper at
S1. Philip's Church, in a ceremony witnessed by Mary Cupit and Edward
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