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Private James William Hickey (c.1811........1878)

Back To . . . 50th Foot West Kent Queen's Own Regiment.

  • Born : circa January 1811
  • Where Born : Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
  • Occupation : Laborour Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 22 January 1835
  • Ship Arrived on : Convict Transport Ship "Augusta Jesse"
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 16 January 1832
  • Where Enlisted : Naas, Ireland
  • Date of Discharge : 30 June 1843
  • Where Discharged : On the Ganges, Near Bar, India
  • Died : 7 December 1878, Aged 67
  • Where Died / Buried : Clunes/Clunes General Cemetery, Clunes Victoria.
  • Parents Names : Andrew and Ann Hickey
  • Spouse's Name : Catherine (nee Norton)
  • Date Married : circa 1832
  • Where Married : presumed to be Dublin
  • Born : circa 1815
  • Where Born : Dublin, Ireland
  • Occupation :
  • Date Arrived : 22 January 1835
  • Ship Arrived on : Convict Transport Ship "Augusta Jesse"
  • Died : 1891
  • Where Died / Buried : Clunes/Clunes General Cemetery, Clunes Victoria.
  • Spouse's Parents :
  • Descendants
    This information was kindly given by Michael Hickey
    Area Settled :
    Children :
    1 . Catherine, Launceston, Van Diemen'sLand (VDL),  11 Oct. 1835
    2 . James Andrew, in Sydney, 5 April1840
    3 . Thomas Henry, in Melbourne.18 Feb 1844 .,
    4 . William Francis, in Melbourne.1850 
    History & Achievements :

    This information was reproduced from my father's fascinating book "Bond or
    Free? The History of 920 Pte James Hickey of the 50th Regiment". The author,
    Redmond Hickey can be contacted at   He has
    copies of his 150 page book available for people interested in the history
    of James Hickey and the 50th Regiment during the period of his service.

    1811        BIRTH of JAMES HICKEY, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland,Son of Andrew and Ann Hickey, nee Swords.
    1815        Birth of wife, CATHERINE NORTON, Dublin, Ireland.(Final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.)
    1829        (Swan River Colony founded.)
    1832        James Hickey enlisted in 50th Regiment of Foot, Naas, County Kildare.Marriage of James Hickey to Catherine Norton, Kildare.
    1833        Posted to Chatham, England.
    1834        Embarked on convict ship "Augusta Jesse", from Portsmouth, England
    1835        Landed Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, 22 January.Marched to Launceston arriving 29 Jan.Sprained leg; treated Colonial Hospital.(Batman "buys" the future site of Melbourne. Birth of (presumed) first child, Catherine, Launceston, Van Diemen'sLand (VDL),  11 Oct. 1835
    1836        Posted Kingsmeadow, VDL (Mitchell's exploration of the Darling River and Western  Victoria)
    1838        (Queen Victoria to the throne.)
    1839        Posted to Perth, V.D.L.Embarked on brig "Siren", Launceston, 18 May.Landed Sydney, New South Wales, 5 July.(Detachment of 50th replace mutineers of the 80th Norfolk Is)(First Afghan War)
    1840     Birth of second(?) child, James Andrew, in Sydney, 5 April.(End of transportation to N.S.W.)(First Opium War in China)
    1841         Embarked on the "Ferguson", 31 March.Sailed from Sydney in the Ferguson, 14 April."Ferguson" wrecked on Ferguson Reef, North Queensland,  27 April.Arrived Bengal India.Regiment posted to Moulmein, Burma.
    1842   (The Kabul massacre.)Regiment recalled to Calcutta.Proceeds with Regiment to Chinsurah and Chulun.James returns to Calcutta.(Regiment moves to Barh on the Ganges.)Medical discharge of James Hickey recommended by Regimental Board(Hong Kong ceded to Britain.)
    1843 Discharge effected 30 JuneSailed on "Demon" for England.Discharged Chatham, England, 30 June.Embarked on "Royal Consort" at Cork, Ireland.Sailed for Australia as Bounty Migrant, 9 Nov.
      (50th Regt in Battle of Punniar, Gwalior Campaign, India.)
    1844 Arrived Port Philip, N.S.W., 18 Feb.Birth of third child, Thomas Henry, in Melbourne.(Hone Heke first cut down flagpole at Russell, N.Z.)
    1845        (50th Regt in Sikh War.)
    1850        Birth of fourth child, William Francis, in Melbourne.
    1851        (Victoria declared a Colony.)
      (Gold discovered at Clunes, Vic.)
    1852    (End of transportation to V.D.L.)
    1854    (Eureka Stockade at Ballarat, Vic.)
     (50th Regiment to Crimean War.)
    1856    (Norfolk Is finally closed as a penal settlement)
    1863    (50th Regiment to the Maori Wars.)
    1878        DEATH of JAMES HICKEY, aged 67, Clunes, Victoria.
    1891        DEATH of CATHERINE HICKEY (nee NORTON), 76yr, Clunes, Vic.
    (Collapse of financial institutions in Victoria.)

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