....................................................... 1st unit 24th December 1849 " Eliza
" 2nd unit 3rd October 1850
ship Nile, . 3rd 28 Nov 1850 ship "Rodney" 63 served at George Town, Swansea, Brighton, the Clyde and the Huon (Birch's Bay)
settlements. Some were overseers on public works, supervising convicts,
while others became mounted police.
During 1832 109 Chelsea Pensioners with 51 wives and 53
children arrived. Totalling now 527 men,427 wives and 667
children. In 1851 several served, in rotation, on the gold
fields, with some at the Eureka Stockade. Groups arrived
in 1826–27, 1832, and 1850–56. served at Westbury, Oatlands, Colebrook,
Pontville and Campbell Town. As
This unit has some times been confused with the Royal New South Wales
Veterans Regiment. This unit did
exist as a separate unit to the veterans. Mainly served
in Tasmania & Victoria. another unit to serve was
the Vandiemenian Police. This unit was made up of members
of the Military Pensioners Unit.
During the period 1830 to 1850 it
was the policy of the English government to use military
detachments and later military pensioners as guards on
convict ships. The pensioners were promised 5 acres
of land, a house, a well and ample supplies of wood in
return for 12 days military service a year and the
liability of being called out to defend the colony in the
event of an invasion or civil uprising. Some were
called to serve at the Eureka uprising. The
pensioners were bound to occupy the land grant for 7
years. After this time, many left the
costs and little work in the area forced many
pensioners off the land. During this period,
convict labour was still available which meant that
unskilled pensioners were unable to find paid work.
Inflation, partially as a result of the Victorian
gold rush, pushed material prices high.
By 1859, 91 Soldiers had died and 103 are recorded as having left the
Held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea,
Irish Soldiers held by the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin.