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Private John O'Neill (1792. .....1867..)

Back To . . . 28th Foot The North Gloucestershire Regiment

  • Born :  1792
  • Where Born : Drenane, Castlecomber IR
  • Occupation : Stonemason / Soldier
  • Date Arrived :  Mangles departed London on 21 April 1835 and arrived Hobart 1 August 1835
  • Ship Arrived on : "Mangles"The Mangles departed London on 21 April 1835 and arrived Hobart 1 August, 1835.  The barque New York Packet departed Hobart 10 August, arriving Sydney 19 August, 1835.
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 31st March, 1816
  • Transfered : 1838-1840 attached to the Mounted Police, returned to the 28th 1 April, 1840
  • Where Enlisted :Tullamore, Ireland
  • Date of Discharge : 31 December, 1841
  • Regimental Number: 676
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 24 January, 1867
  • Where Died / Buried :died Colletts Swamp, NSW.  Burial place not recorded
  • Parents Names Patrick O誰eill & Annsty Brennan
  • Spouse's Name : : . Catherine Rabbit
  • Born : 1796
  • Where Born : Queens Co., IR
  • Occupation :
  • Date Arrived 1835, however, no record of family arrival found, believe they travelled with the regiment
  • Ship Arrived on : : "Mangles".  The Surgeon from the 28th, 26 rank & file of the 28th Regiment, 8 women, 12 children & 6 prisoners travelled from Hobart Town on the 10 Aug 1835 via the barque New York Packet, arriving Sydney 19 Aug 1835.
  • Died : 24 June, 1880
  • Where Died / Buried : died Mt. Victoria, NSW, buried Penrith, NSW
  • Date Married : 1815
  • Where Married :  Newcastle, Co Limerick, IR
  • Spouse's Parents : Hugh Rabbit & Catherine Brian                                         
  • Descendants
    Information supplied by   Su Crowley                                 
    Area Settled :


     Penrith & the Blue Mountains, NSW

    Children :
     O'NEILL Hugh(1816-1868) m Ann Quilty
    O'Neill  Sarah (1825-1907) m 4 Sep 1907   m JONES David 1815....1899 
    O誰eill Catherine (1828-1844)
    O誰eill John (1829-1856)

    History & Achievements :

    Surgeon report  from the 28th, 26 rank & file of the 28th Regiment, 8 women, 12 children & 6 prisoners travelled from Hobart Town on the 10 Aug 1835 via the barque New York Packet, arriving Sydney 19 Aug 1835.  (ref NSW Archives, Colonial Secretary Vessels Arrived Jul-Dec 1835 COD 31) so it would seem the Mangles terminated its voyage in Hobart.
    John enlisted in the 28th Gloucestershire Regiment of Foot at the age of 24 in Tullamore, Ireland .  Regiment records list him as a Stone Mason, 5 feet 8 ス inches, blue eyes and brown hair.  His name is recorded in the regiment records as O誰eal.
    His individual movements following enlistment are not known, however, John joined the regiment after they had fought at Waterloo.  In 1818, the 28th left for Corfu and various detachments were sent elsewhere in the Ionian Islands.  The regiment remained in the area for over 10 years. The last of the 28th left Corfu in 1830, arriving back at Cork in Ireland in March. In 1833/34 the regiment returned to England and in 1835 the 28th began to leave in several batches for Australia, escorting convicts.
    Although it is not known where he was stationed for the rest of 1835 he was based at Parramatta from January to August 1836, then Cox痴 River from September 1836 until October 1837. He was then moved to Sydney where he remained until July 1838 when he was attached to the Mounted Police. He remained with the Mounted Police until March 1840, rejoining the 28th Regiment at Parramatta on 1st April. He was at Sydney between January and March 1841 before being taken ill and granted an Invalid Pass from 21st March to 31st December when he was discharged from the army at Sydney.  1
    Family notes mention that John worked with his son in law (David Jones) overseeing convicts building the Victoria Pass and that 鉄argent O誰eil captured many a bushranger.
    After leaving the regiment John O誰eill and David Jones were employed by Sir John Jamison at Regentville Mulgoa.  At that time they say Sir Henry Parkes was also employed there and received 10/- per week and one and a half rations for self and wife. 2
    In 1843 John O誰eill 途etired soldier purchased 20 acres of land near Mulwaree Ponds (Goulburn, NSW) under the Discharged Soldier痴 Grants.  A letter of application places John O誰eill at Windsor on 8 November 1842. 3 
    John was Licensee of the Weatherboard Inn 1/7/47 to 30/6/48.4  His daughter Sarah and David Jones were married there in 1847 and David took over licence the year after the marriage.  The stone footings of the Weatherboard Inn are located in Pitt Park at Wentworth Falls.
    John and his wife Catherine remained close to their daughter Sarah and her husband David Jones and appear to have lived with them at Little Hartley in the early 1850痴.  A death certificate for John O誰eill junior in March 1856 notes John O誰eill & wife live at Penrith. 5
    In 1860 John purchased 31 acres of land on the northern side of the railway line at Katoomba 6.  John died at Colletts Swamp near Weatherboard, an early name for Katoomba, in 1867. 7


    1. Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum Archives - Description Book 28th Regt. 1849, Lieut-Colonel Commg. J. Messiter. Adjutant H: Webb
    2. The Mountaineer 29th December 1899, Death of a Mountain Identity
    3. NSW Archives Index to Register of Land Grants & Leases 1792-1865, Reel 2560
    4. State Records NSW, Treasury:  Butts & Certificates of Publicans Licences;  Apr 1847-Apr 1848.
    5. NSW Death Certificate Ref 2716/1856
    6.  Survey Plan C160-1507 dated 28 November 1857, Survey of 31 acres of land near the Weatherboard, County of Cook, applied for to purchase by John O誰eill.
    7. Brian Fox (2006) Blue Mountains Geographical Dictionary
    Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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