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Private Henry Courtney (c.1814..........)

Settled In New Zealand

Back to . . 58th Foot Rutlandshire Regiment
  • Born : ca 1814
  • Baptised : 14 October 1817 Henry Courtney PATCH)
  • Where Born : Plymouth, Devon, England
  • Occupation : Cordwainer / Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 4 Feb 1844 (Hobart, VDL)
  • Ship Arrived on " HMS Anson "
  • Rank on Discharge : Private  (demoted from Sergeant 1844)
  • Date of Enlistment : 3 Oct 1841
  • Where Enlisted : Bath, Somerset, England
  • Regimental # : 1502
  • Attached : 99th regiment (1846)
  • Date of Discharge : 31 December 1849
  • Where Discharged :  Auckland, New Zealand
  • Died : 5 Jun 1889, Parnell, Auckland
  • Where Died / Buried : : Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland, 8 Jun 1889
  • Parents Names : Henry PATCH (b........d) & m. 1801) Anne COURTNEY (b........d)
  • Spouse's Name : Matilda BUCKLE
  • Born :
  • Where Born : Plymouth, Devon
  • Occupation : Dairyman's Daughter
  • Date Arrived : 4 Feb 1844 (Hobart, VDL)
  • Ship Arrived on :" HMS Anson "
  • Died : 18 July 1888, Parnell, Auckland
  • Where Died / Buried : Symonds Street Cemetery, 20 July 1888
    Date Married : 19 March 1838
  • Where Married : Charles the Martyr (Charles Church), Plymouth, Devon
  • Spouse's Parents. John BUCKLE (b........d) & Jessie SAGE (b........d) (?!)
  • Descendants :

    Information supplied by Julie Skellern jools@maxnet.co.nz
    Area Settled :
    Auckland and Whangarei, and disbursed within New Zealand, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
    Children :
    i) William Henry "Bill",  b. Plymouth, Devon, England 1841 - d. Auckland, NZ 1868 (widow and children emigrated to Melbourne, Australia)
    ii) Georgina "Cissy" Patch, (b. 1844 Brisbane, NSW, Australia - d. Gold Hill, Nevada, USA 1870, m. Francis JOSEPH, who as a widower and with their children returned to NZ
    iii) Alfred Charles "Charley",  b. Melbourne NSW 1846 - d. Whangarei, NZ 1920
    iv) Eliza Ann,  b. Albert Barracks, Auckland, NZ 1849 - d. Parnell, Auckland NZ 1932,  m. Emanuel DIAZ
    v) Louisa Jane "Tots",  b. Parnell, Auckland 1851 - d. Kioreroa, Otaika, Whangarei, NZ 1920,  m. Arthur THOMAS
    vi) Edwin (Joseph) "Ned",  b. Parnell, Auckland 1854 - d. Maungakaramea, Northland, NZ 1896

    History & Achievements :
    Henry dropped his surname when joining the army, replacing it with his middle name from then on.   Prior to his arrival in Australia he saw service in Ireland, rising rapidly to Corporal (April 1842) and Sergeant (October 1842).  Perhaps because he was literate.   He and the expectant Matilda and their eldest child left England to accompany 506 male convicts on the HMS Anson, which was later moored on the Derwent River at Risdon and converted into a hulk for female prisoners.  
    After disembarking in Hobart, Henry, Matilda and Bill transferred to Windsor NSW, and onto Brisbane, where Henry saw service at Moreton Bay.  It was here that he was demoted to Private for a military misdemeanour (1844) and also for a time was seconded/attached to the 99th regiment (1846).  He spent some time at Parramatta, and also at Port Philip, (Melbourne) finally transferring to New Zealand, with Lt Col Wynyard, on the "Thomas Lowry" in 1847.  It was in Auckland that he took his discharge two years later.  He was entitled to the New Zealand War medal, 1845-47.
    After his discharge from the 58th Regiment, he became a shoe-maker and bootmaker, and served again with the military.  
    E- mail address
    bmchapman@iprimus.com.au
    Copyright B & M Chapman (QLD) Australia
    Last revised: April 28, 2004.