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Captain Maurice O'Connell (c.1812.......)


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  • Born : circa 1812
  • Where Born : Sydney
  • Occupation : Soldier
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  • Ship Arrived on : "Fairlie"
  • Rank on Discharge : Captain
  • Date of Enlistment : the 73rd Rgt at 16 in 1828
  • Date of Enlistment : the 51st Rgt and on 22 June 1838
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  • Where Enlisted : Sydney
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  • Where Married : 1837
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    Captain O'Donnell (later Sir) was born in Australia, son of Sir Maurice O'Connell   and grandson of Capt Bligh.  He joined the 73rd Rgt at 16 in 1828 and served with the 42nd "Black Watch" on Gibraltar at this time.     On 24th July 1835 he was placed on half pay to become a mercenary soldier in the Service of Queen Isabella of Spain the carlist war was fought by Isabella's army and the army of Don Carlos who was attempting to overthrow the Spanish throne.   The was had nothing to do with the British Gvt or Army. The British Legion comprised mostly of former British soldiers  and sympathisersto Queen isabella's cause and went to serve in Spain.   The Regt was called the 10th Munster Light Inf..  O'Connell led it for nearly two years from Sept 1835. Within seven weeks of his marriage in 1837 the Legion was disbanded at San Sabastion in Spain and O'Connell returned to England much decorated.  He joined the 51st Rgt and on 22 June 1838 was appointed Capt. in the 28th Rgt and came to Australia with his father and family per the "Fairlie"    "The Birth of Central Queensland"    W.R.Golding  1966     This book is basically describing the founding of Gladstone.  Captain O'Connell features throughout including in 10 page Gvt report in 1859 when he left.   He sailed there from Dydney on 1st March 1854   HILLGROVE   near Armidale  NSW was a name chosen by Sir Maurice O'Connell (snr)   RIVERSTONE   (just a few miles from Windsor, my domicile)  was named after the birthplace Riverston in Ireland of Sir Maurice O'Connell (snr).  It was the name for the land grant by Governor Macquarie and it was adopted for the town that was formed there in 1878.         
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