- The census of 1841 shows that John
(then 18) was employed as a servant at a hotel in
Manchester. John met his wife Agnes at their place of
employment. On 4th September 1842 John and Agnes Farrell
were married at Collis Parish Church, Manchester. Shortly
after they were married they moved to Hulme, Manchester,
where John was employed as a police officer.
- On 25th October 1844, aged 21
years 11 months, John joined the 12th Suffolk Regiment At
Foot.at Westminster, Middlesex. In just over 21 years in
the army, John Marsland was stationed at several barracks
in England. Prior to coming to Australia in June in 1854
with his wife and family, John was stationed in the
Mauritius for 2 years and 4 months. In Australia John was
posted at the following places:
- Melbourne: 1854 and several other
times (for short periods), to and from other places.
- Hobart: 1854 and 1857.
- Ballarat: 1854. (John was part of
the company under Captain Thomas who helped quell the
riot at the Ballarat goldfields.....Eureka ).
- Sandhurst: (Bendigo): 1854.
- Adelaide: end 1855 to end 1856,
1857 to mid 1858.
- Sailem Command (Tailem): beginning
- Goat Island (a gun powder magazine
on an island at the mouth of the Parramatta River.): end
1858 to end 1861, and mid 1862 to 1863.
- Parramatta: for most of 1859.
- Victoria Barracks, Sydney: 1860,
part of 1862 and 1863, and also 1854 to 1865.
- Lambing Flat (renamed Young in New
South Wales in 1863): for most of 1861.
- Cockatoo (in Sydney): end of 1863.
- Many of these postings were guard
duty. Such duty included keeping secure the powder
magazine on Goat Island.. which is normal army practice.
John accompanied by his wife Agnes and three sons arrived
at Hobart Town on the 29th
May 1854 aboard the Gloucester. On June 21st
1854 another son was born at Hobart. Three other children
were also born in Australia.
- Of his children 4 remained in
Australia, one son (John) joined his fathers regiment as
a boy. War Office muster sheets show he was a letter
carrier on 6th
March 1861 and was a drummer by 1862. He served for a
short time in New Zealand and returned to England in late
1866. By 1869 he was a Private and was finally discharged
at Curragh on 31st
March 1874 to the military reserve. His regimental number
was 576, 1st
- A daughter (Agnes) born in Sydney
returned to England with her parents. Another daughter
died as an infant and is buried in the Randwick cemetery.
- 1866. John was discharged at Sydney on 18th
December 1865 due to ill health, but had to travel back
to England where he was finally discharged on 7th August
He had an exemplary servcice record, having one good
conduct badge when promoted and a total of five good
conduct badges on discharge. John was given the medal and
gratuity for long service and good conduct.