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Corporal Edward Thomas Sibley (c.1831........)


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  • Born : c. 1831,
  • Where Born : London, England
  • Occupation : Soldier / barman / "commercial traveller"
  • Regimental Number : 1904
  • Date Arrived :
  • Ship Arrived on :
  • Rank on Discharge : Corporal
  • Date of Enlistment : 21st November 1842
  • Where Enlisted : England
  • Date of Discharge : 31st October 1850
  • Where Discharged :
  • Died :
  • Where Died / Buried :
  • Parents Names :
  • Spouse's Name : Maria Bruce
  • Date Married : 13th October 1848,
  • Where Married : Scots Pres. Church, Sydney
  • Born : 24th August 1832,
  • Where Born : Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Occupation : Home duties / Mid wife
  • Date Arrived :
  • Ship Arrived on :
  • Died : 26th February 1911,
  • Where Died / Buried : Peterborough, SA (Also in same grave is grand-daughter Phyllis Sargent d. 4th May 1915
  • Spouse's Parents : Richard Bruce (b........d.) &
  • Descendants
    This information was kindly supplied by E-mail address Bev Nairn
    Area Settled :
    Children :
    1 . William b. 1847 Sydney (V1847 1435 49/1847)\
    2 . William Henry (b. 27th September 1848, Sydney (V1848 6443 45C/1848) Bp. 1st November 1848 St. Andrew's Scots Church, Sydney d. 29th July 1921 Grange. West Terrace Cem.
    3 . Edward Thomas b. c.1852
    4 . Walter Arundle Babington ( b. 21st January 1853, Adelaide Married 29th October 1875, Waterloo Dorothea Friederika Elizabeth Hameister b. 3rd July 1852, Blumberg\ Parents Wilhelm and Anna nee Mellendor d. 26th August 1947, Eudunda
    5 . Frederick Augustus b. 1859, Sandhurst, Vic. Hamilton d. 1861, Sandhurst, Vic.
    6 . Adeline Hamilton b. 18th March 1862, Sandhurst, Bendigo, Vic Adelaide Victoria Hamilton d. 22nd March 1945 Peterborough SA Married 1st June 1880 Worlds End Thomas William Newman 10th June 1853 London Parents: Edward Frederick Newman & Sarah Nee Hancock 30th October 1918 Peterborough SA
    7 . Louis Napoleon b. 1864 Queenstown N.Z. d. 18th March 1920 Narrogin WA . Karrakatta Cem. Perth WA Married 22nd December 1886 Waterloo Ellen MacGowan b. 1868 Parents: James & Mary Ann MacGowan b 2nd March 1955 Yearlering WA . Karrakatta Cem. Perth W.A.
    History & Achievements :
    Edward Thomas Sibley came to Australia as a soldier Reg. No. 1904 in the 11th Regiment of Foot, North Devonshire. Edward enlisted on the 21st November 1842 and was discharged on the 31st October 1850.
    The Regiment served everywhere in Australia from Van Diemans Land including Hobart, Launceston, and Pt. Arthur , to New South Wales, Adelaide, Perth, and Norfolk Island.
    In October 1845 a detachment was ordered to the Penal Settlement of "Norfolk Island" to relieve a like force of the 58th Regt then stationed there, which was directed to proceed to New Zealand. Robert Bruce & family, James Thorne and probably Edward Thomas Sibley were amongst those who went to Norfolk Island.
    In March 1847 it was determined by the Government to withdraw the English convicts (in number 1400) from Norfolk Island. In September 1848 the remainder of the force still at Norfolk Island joined the Headquarters in Sydney. In January 1849 detachments including Edward Sibley went to Adelaide.
    Just exactly when and where he served is unclear.
    r Corporal Edward Thomas Sibley and Maria Bruce were married at Scots Church, Sydney NSW on the 13th October 1848. (William Henry their son was also baptised at St. Andrew's Scots Church, Sydney - baptism records show his date of birth as 27th September 1848 and their abode at that time as Sydney Barracks).
    In 1853 their third child Walter A.B. is\par born in Adelaide. In 1859 Frederick is born in Sandhurst Vic., as is Adeline in 1862.
    Edward's occupation is shown as a barman at the time of Adeline's birth and a "commercial traveller" on Marie's death certificate. In early 1860's the family went to Queenstown New Zealand where Louis Napoleon was born. Although no death record has been found it is presumed Edward Thomas died in late 1860's early 1870's. Possibly in New Zealand.
    In 1873 Maria is farming at Waterloo, 1878 at Booberowie, 1880 World's End, Hundred of Ayres (halfway between Burra and Robertstown), 1885 Baldina, and by 1892 is a resident at Peterborough. Maria was a midwife - at some stage she was employed by the McBride Family (McBrides lived in the Burra/Baldina area). Maria seems to have stayed close to her brother Richard Hamilton Bruce. In her old age she lived with her daughter & son in law (Newman) at Peterborough SA. where she died and is buried.
    From directories it would appear William Henry farmed with his mother at Baldina. He died single at Escort House Grange in 1921. He is listed as a labourer aged 72 years.
    Edward Thomas (jnr) was alive in 1862 when Adeline was born, but nothing further is known of him. As Maria's death certificate only shows 3 sons it is thought he may have died young.
    Walter and Dorothea lived at Eudunda and has 6 children - Walter Arundle Babington, Dorothea Fredericka, Edward Thomas, Frederick August, Louis Albert and Anna Adelaide (Mrs William Charnstrom).
    Adeline/Adelaide and Thomas Newman lived at Yongala and then at Peterborough.\par They had 7 children - Lily (Mrs Alfred Sargent). Edward Thomas, Nellie Marie Sibley (Mrs. Stanley Diplock), Adelaide (Mrs Hubert Hill), Daisy (Mrs Cecil Bennetts), Myrtle and Hazel (known as Kath).
    Louis and Helen had eight children - four born at Broken Hill NSW - Louis (died aged 2), Frederick Clarence, Walter W, & Lillian (Mrs Harry Lawton), and four born in Western Australia - Myrtle Adelaide (Mrs Charles Fuller) at Kanowna, Fedron (Mrs R Kerr) at Boulder, Albert and Mabel.
    Clarence, a miner of Boulder WA, died 11th August 1916 in the first world war - Pt. 2068 16th Battallion. At the time of his enlistment Louis & Helen were living at Stretton WA
    Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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