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Captain Patrick Logan (1791.......1830..)

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  • Born :  baptized on 15 November 1791
  • Where Born : Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland,
  • Occupation : Soldier /
  • Date Arrived :  22 April 1825.
  • Ship Arrived on : " Hooghly  "
  • Port Arrived : Sydney
  • Rank on Discharge : Captain
  • Date of Army Enlistment :  13 December 1810.
  • Where Enlisted Army :
  • Date Discharged Army : 17 October 1830
  • Comments Regarding Army Discharge : killed by Aboriginals in service
  • Where Discharged :
  • Died : killed by Aboriginals on 17 October 1830 i
  • Where Died / Buried : in the region of Mount Beppo.
  • Parents Names : Abraham Logan, a farmer, and Janet née Johnston.
  • Spouse's Name : Letitia Anne O'Beirne
  • Date Married : 5 September 1823
  • Where Married :St John's Church, Sligo.
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  • Date Arrived :  22 April 1825.
  • Ship Arrived on : " Hooghly  "
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  • LOGAN, Patrick ED 518893 Death
    Age at Death: 34
    Index Year: 1830
    Reg Year: 1830 Reg State: New South Wales
    Ref Number: V1830341 14 Parish: Sydney, St James', Church of England


    The circumstances of his death have always remained controversial. It is almost certain that he was killed by

    Aborigines, angered by the intrusions into their hunting grounds, but some people (both then and now)

    preferred to think that he was killed by an escaped convict in revenge for Logan’s harsh discipline.

    Logan’s wife and children accompanied the body to Sydney and on a depressing rainy day, a funeral service

    was held at St James Church, followed by an interment with military honours at the Protestant Burial Ground.The

    profuse praise given to Logan for his zeal and his discoveries did not extend to concern for his widow. Letitia

    was forced to pay her own passage home to England, in spite of the fact that she had been left with very little

    money. She petitioned the Government for a military pension but this was refused and she was given only a

    small “royal bounty allowance”. She continued to petition unsuccessfully for many years.

    Area Settled :
    Children :
    Robert Abraham followed his father's footsteps in the 57th Regiment and became a lieutenant-general.
  • Date Arrived :  22 April 1825.
  • Ship Arrived on : " Hooghly  "Robert was 2 years of age
  • Letitia Bingham Logan.
    History & Achievements :

    He served in the Peninsular war, the America war of 1812 and with Wellington's army of occupation. He was promoted lieutenant in March 1813 but placed on half-pay in 1815. He rejoined his regiment in 1819 and in Ireland in 1823 was promoted captain

    The 57th Regiment was ordered to New South Wales and Logan  in Sydney on  Next November 1825  he was appointed by Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane   to command of the convict settlement at Moreton Bay, which had been opened by Lieutenant Henry Miller in September 1824. As little had been done when Logan arrived in March 1826 he immediately started to develop the station by planting the flats (New Farm and Bulimba) with maize and carrying out an important programme of public works. Two of his buildings were still in use after 140 years: his commissariat store in William Street which became the lower floor of the State Stores, and his windmill, later the State Observatory. In 1827 he also established a branch station, a site that was later used as the Ipswich race-course.

    Logan led several expedition which added to geographical knowledge. In August 1826 he discovered the Logan River and next May the Albert River. In 1828, with Allen Cunningham and Charles Fraser , he succeeded in climbing Mount Barney, 4449 feet (1356 m), then the highest altitude attained by a white man in Australia. In July 1830 he led an expedition to the headwaters of the Richmond River and on his return, since the regiment was due for transfer to India, he attempted to chart the windings of the upper Brisbane River. He never succeeded for, he was killed by Aboriginals on 17 October in the region of Mount Beppo.

    Captain Logan is regarded by many historians as the true founder of Queensland, as he was an important explorer and the first to make any practical development. During his term as commandant of the convict settlement he showed a fine sense of duty, and no thought of personal gain in any of his activities. He was, however, reputed to be cruelly harsh to the convicts, the settlement was in continuous unrest and uprisings were frequent under his command. It has been claimed that his death was due to the convicts persuading the Aboriginals to avenge their wrongs, but according to Lieutenant G. Edwards of the 57th Regiment the Aboriginals themselves wanted to catch Logan on the expedition.

     (1)  Australian Vital Record Series 1788 - 1905 Discs 1 to 4

    (N>L)  National Library Canberra

    Historical Records of Australia, series 1, vols 13-16; G. J. N. Logan Home, History of the Logan Family (Edinb, 1934);

    Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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