Private Thomas Clinch (c 1805...........)
Where Born : Hartlip, Kent. UK.
Occupation : Soldier / Labourer
Date Arrived : 8th Dec. 1839
Ship Arrived on : "Barossa"
Port Arrived : Sydney
Rank on Discharge : Private
Date of Army Enlistment : 14th Dec.
Where Enlisted Army : 96th, (Manchester
Regimental # : 635
Date Discharged Army : 30 June,
Army Discharge : served 13 years 200 days.
Where Discharged : (Launceston, VDLand.)
Where Died /
Parents Names : Benjamin
Clinch(b.1774 d,1848,) Hannah Pepper,(b.1775,m.1798,d.1858.)
Spouse's Name :
Mary Kean (Cohen?
Date Married :
2nd December, 1837.
Where Married :Enniskillen,
Spouse's Parents :
Where Born :
Date Arrived :
Ship Arrived on :
Where Died /
- Back to
- Surnames of the 96th
Regiment's Soldiers who stayed
- Area Settled :
- Mt Moriac, Victoria
Sp 1 Edward Hogan, m 1858
Sp 2 George Chuck, m 1880
Sp Mary Anne Anderson m 1868
Sp Samuel Herrod, m 1860
Sp Hester Foilan (Phelan?) m 1873
Sp Ernest Young m 1866
Sp Henry Pounder Glory Leviston m 1861
Sp 1 Thomas Herrod m 1862
Sp 2 William Beattie Brown m 1869
Sp Charles Maher m 1867
- History &
Pte. Thomas Clinch sailed from Sheerness, UK, on 3rd August, 1839, aboard
the "Barossa" with 28 other guards and 334 male convicts, all under the command
of Lt. Chambre of the 96th Regiment.
It is believed his wife Mary, and one daughter were on the voyage, no
steerage passengers are mentioned only those travelling in cabin class. The
ship's surgeon, Robert Wylie Esq. RN, reports an outbreak of measles brought
aboard by the children of the guards, one child's death recorded after 19 days
The " Barossa" arrived in Sydney Cove on 8th Dec.1839.The detachment then
transferred to Norfolk Island, aboard the "Nautilus", landing on the island on
The regiment left Norfolk Island aboard the "Duke of Richmond" on 23Feb.
1844, arriving in Hobart 11th March. From Hobart they transferred to Launceston
aboard the "Waterlily" and "Marion Watson" landing on 28 March 1844.
Pte Clinch remained a private throughout his army career, although he did
receive Good Conduct pay during his service in Australia. He purchased his
discharge (five pounds) and left the army 30 th June 1844, having served 13
years 200 days.
The family settled at Mt Moriac, (near Geelong) Victoria. From later family
documents Thomas' occupation is listed variously as labourer, shepherd, drover
and transport manager. (A certain irony in this last one!) The family later
settled in the Buninyong area and it is reported that Thomas acted as an
escort for gold Shipments from Ballarat to Geelong.
Where and when Thomas and Mary died is not known at this time. There is no
records of them at Births Deaths and Marriages, with the exception of Thomas'
permission for the marriage of his underage daughters.
- ReferencesFamily Members, Military records ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters,
Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library
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- Last revised: Friday, 29 May 2009 11:45:31