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Gunner William Threlfall (c.1833......1920)

Photograph of William in later years

Back To . . . Surnames 1st Battery 15th Brigade Royal Artillery

  • Born : Nov 1829
  • Where Born : Eccleston by Chorley, Lancashire, England
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Ship Arrived on : Melbourne 1862 F Battery, 8th Brigade  Royal Artillery
  • Rank on Discharge : Gunner
  • Date of Enlistment : Prior to his service at the Crimean War from September, 1855 and May, 1856
  • Enlisted : F Battery, 8th Brigade  Royal Artillery served with 1st Battery 15th Brigade in Sydney
  • Where Enlisted : Lancashire
  • Date of Discharge :
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 24 June 1920
  • Where Died / Buried : Regent St., Paddington. Waverly Cemetery Gen. Sec. 21. Grave No. 5110
  • Parents Names : George Threlfall (b1804) & Ellen Moon (b1811)
  • Spouse's Name : Jane Keating
  • Born : 1840
  • Where Born : Longford, Ireland
  • Occupation :
  • Date Married : 1858
  • Where Married :  Longford while William was stationed there
  • Spouse's Parents : Robert Keating & Ellen Young
  • Date Arrived : with husband
  • Ship Arrived on :
  • Died : 16 Aug 1916
  • Where Died / Buried : The Pines private hospital, Randwick. Waverly Cemetery. Gen. Sec.21 Grave no.5110.
  • Descendants

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    Children :
    1  1858 a son born & died

    2  William b 18 Aug 1862 (m Mary Kavanagh) & Robert b 1864 (m Euphemia Livingstone) at Military Barracks, Melbourne

    3  Samuel b & d March 1867 & Ellen Victoria b 1868 (m 1. Samuel Keating, 2. William Pope) on Fort Denison where William was keeper of the light.

    4  Margaret Jane b 31 Aug 1870 (m Alexander Totterdell)  in Windmill St. army quarters.

    5  Mary Ann b Nov 1872 at Palmers St Waterloo. William was stationed at Fort Macquarie.

    6 Alfred b Nov 1875 at Victoria Barracks.

    7 Walter b 19 Dec 1877 at Dawes Point Battery

    8 Ethel b 7 Nov 1881 & Alfred b 24 March 1884 at Brigade Office, O'Connell St., Sydney. William was caretaker at the Government Printing Office

    History & Achievements :

    I have long lists of descendants and anecdotes of exploits, but one is of interestWhile Grandfather William Threlfall was stationed on Fort Denison for almost 2 years as 'keeper of the light' he rowed across the harbour to Fort Macquarie each

    Friday to collect his pay and provisions. Oral history says that he could be heard singing as he rowed back in the dark after enjoying a pint with other soldiers. On these nights Grandmother lit the light in his stead. The whale oil light is presently housed in the museum on Fort Denison

    Fort Macquarie Located on the tip of Bennelong Point (where the Sydney Opera House now stands). A 130-foot square stone fortress, with castellated battlements and a sea wall that was washed against at high tide. The summit of the terreplein was 22ft above the the high water mark and the battery consisted of fifteen pieces of ordnance: ten 24-pounders and five 6-pounders.

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