Corporal Edward Thomas
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Where Born : London, England
Occupation : Soldier / barman
/ "commercial traveller"
Date Arrived :
Ship Arrived on :
Rank on Discharge : Corporal
Date of Enlistment : 21st
Where Enlisted : England
Date of Discharge : 31st
Where Discharged :
Where Died /
Parents Names :
Spouse's Name :
Date Married : 13th
Where Married :
Scots Pres. Church, Sydney
24th August 1832,
Where Born : Belfast,
Antrim, Northern Ireland
Occupation : Home duties / Mid wife
Date Arrived :
Ship Arrived on :
Died : 26th February
Where Died /
Buried : Peterborough, SA (Also
in same grave is grand-daughter Phyllis Sargent d. 4th
Spouse's Parents :
- 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
- 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 &
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The information is intended for short
Historical value only,
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