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Private James Palmer Finlay (1841 ........1885)


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Surnames of the 65th Regiment's Soldiers who stayed
  • Born : 1st August 1841
  • Where Born : County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Occupation : Soldier / Labourer, Gaol Warder
  • Date Arrived : 4th June 1860
  • Ship Arrived on : " S S Nugget "
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Regimental # :
  • Date of Enlistment :
  • Where Enlisted :
  • Transfered : 65th Regiment
  • Date of Discharge : 1864
  • Where Discharged : Sydney, Australia
  • Died : 14th January 1885
  • Where Died / Buried : Sydney / Waverly Cemetery
  • Parents Names : John Finlay (b.......d.) & Eliza Taylor (b.......d.)
  • Spouse's Name : Margaret McErlane
  • Date Married : 2nd May 1861
  • Where Married : St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney NSW
  • Born : 10th November 1837
  • Where Born : County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Occupation : Seamstress, Servant
  • Date Arrived : 6th January 1855
  • Ship Arrived on : " Ebba Brahe "
  • Died : 1911
    Where Died / Buried : Goulburn, NSW, Australia
  • Parents Names : : James McErlane (b........d.) & Nancy ???? (b........d.)
  • Descendants

  • Information was kindly by : Judith Finlay
  • Area Settled :
    Paddington, Queanbeyan, Sydney and Goulburn
    Children :
    1 . Eliza Agnes FINLAY 10 Sep 1865 Paddington, NSW, Australia
    2 . James Taylor FINLAY 5 Oct 1868 Paddington, NSW, Australia
    3 . John Patrick FINLAY 17 Jan 1869 Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia
    4 . Joseph Stanislaus FINLAY 13 Dec 1870 Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia
    5 . Roderick Thomas FINLAY 26 Oct 1873 Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia
    History & Achievements :
    James Palmer Finlay was born on Sunday 1st August 1841 and probably in Larne, Co. Antrim, Ireland.
    Arrived in Australia 4/6/1860 at 19 years of age on the S.S. Nugget (1013 tons) as a Member of the 12th Regiment. He received four pounds sterling bounty for joining the colours and pay of one shilling per day.
    The story that has passed down is that he meet his brother John Taylor Finlay at the docks in Sydney when
    he arrived and that his brother John then departed on the S S Nugget for New Zealand to fight in the Maori Wars and it is assumed that this was with the 65th Regiment. Information is printed in the Sydney Morning Herald that relates to the arrival of the 12th Regiment on 4/6/1860 and the departure of the 65th Regiment.
    The story also is told that he went to Lambing Flats (now Young, NSW) with a detachment of troops of the
    12th Infantry Regiment (130 men) with 2 cannons and 44 men from the Royal Artillary and 21 Mounted Police arriving there on about 12th March, 1861. This was because of the trouble between the Chinese and the diggers of the Gold Fields. He was wounded apparently in an early confrontation with the European Miners and returned to Sydney.
    On Thursday 2nd May 1861 he Married Margaret McErlane at St Marys Cathedral, Sydney, NSW.
    Later he became a Prison Officer possibly while he was living in Queanbeyan, NSW.
    In order to be married he must have converted to the Catholic faith as both his parents were Protestants.
    When in Sydney he was employed as a Tram Conductor and had a family of 5 children, 5 were still alive at the time of his death in 1885.
    On Wednesday 14th January 1885 he died of Consumption at age 42, he was buried the next day.
    Usual Residence at time of Marriage: Palmer St, Sydney

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    Last revised: May 25, 2003.