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1788 till 1791....1803 till 1812......1824 till 1829........1837 till 1845.......1862 till 1870 ....... 1859 till 1913

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The Regiments
Known As ( nickname)..................................." The Jollies" .... & ..... "Boot Necks".... " Blue Bottles"
Facings...........................................................1755 till 1802 WHITE. 1802 till 1855 BLUE. after 1855. BLUE for Royal Marine Light  Infantry. RED for Royal Marine Artillery
Braided Lace.................................................1755 till 1796 Gold . 1796 till 1802 Silver. after 1802 Gold
Service in Australia ..................................... 1788 till 1791. Sydney & Norfolk Island ( First Fleet )
1803 till 1812, Port Phillip & Van Dieman's Land accompanied Colonel Collins to Tasmania in 1804 and stayed to 1812
1824 till 1829 Melville Island ,
1837 till 1854 Port Essington
1862 till 1870 Cape York Peninsula ,
1859 till 1913 Royal Naval Vessels on Station in Australia
Commanding Officer....................................Major Robert Ross . 1788 till 1791.
Lieutenant Williamson 1824 till 1829. Captain J Macarthur 1837 till 1854
17881791 1st Company  Marines First Fleet marines arrived 26th January 1788 (New South Wales & Norfolk Island  Embarked at Portsmouth 247 marines wives and children 46 .. Arrived in Port Jackson  245 marines wives and children 54
18031812 2nd Company  Marines ( Port Phillip Bay , Melbourne & Van Diemensland )
18241829 3rd  Company  Marines ( Fort Essington) (Melville Island)
18361839 4th  Company Marines ( Sydney ,Hobart ,Adelaide )
18371854 ( Fort Essington)
18621870 Marines Light Infantry ( Cape York )
1859 till 1913 Royal Naval Vessels on Station in Australia
 

 

Settlement (European) began 26th January 1788 here in a place described as
" The closest thing to hell with out being There"
All in some way, no matter how small made a contribution to the beginning of our Great Country Australia
Surnames of the Marines who stayed

 

Weapons used by the  Marines
Representation of the Marines Uniform
Ships the  Marines sailed on
The Marines were raised as a Regiment in the year 1664, and were known as the Lord Admirals
Regiment " Duke of Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot ". Over many years several Marine Regiments were raised only to be disbanded. These ranged in numerical order from 30th Regiment to the 36th Regiment as well as the line Regiments 44th Regiment to the 53rd Regiment . The   Marines were the longest serving Regiment to serve in Australia.
It is known that a small detachment of Marines were with Cook when he landed in Botany Bay.
When the First Fleet arrived in Australia on the 26th of January 1788, four Royal Marine Regiments were on board. These Regiments were responsible for convicts and the protection of the fleet. Eventually being relived by the The New South Wales Corps. in 1791. Other service areas were
Melville Island 1824--1829,Port Essington 1837--1854 & Cape York 1862--1870. These detachments were small and comprised mainly of one or two Sergeants and a couple of Privates . The Royal Marines were not called by the name Redcoat as this was for the Foot or Infantry units of the time. The Marines were mostly ship based serving limited time ashore, however The Royal Marines did wear a red tunic.73rd Regiment of the Royal Colonial Marines came to Australia as the guard over convict prisoners on the "Calcutta"
 
 
References
Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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