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Private Cornelius Whelan (c.1822......1868.)

 

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  • Born : c.1822,
  • Where Born : Ballaghokeen . Wexford County: Wexford
  • Occupation : Servant / Soldier
  • Date Arrived : Victoria 1860
  • Date Arrived : Aug 1861 - arrives in Dunedin NZ
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  • Rank attained : Private
  • Regimental # : 1519
  • Date of Enlistment : 9 Sept 1840
  • Where Enlistment : Cork England
  • Date of Discharge : Sept 1865
  • Where Discharged : New Zealand
  • Died :  6 May 1868
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  • Parents Names : James Whelan(labourer) (b.......d.) and Ellen Murphy. (b.......d.)
  • Spouse's Name : Margaret McInerney at
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  • Date Married : 1860
  • Where Married : St Francis Church, Melbourne
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    Information kindley supplied Jill Compton jcompton@xtra.co.nz

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    History & Achievements :
      - Born c1822, Ballaghkeen, Co Wexford, Ireland, son of James Whelan(labourer) and Ellen Murphy. 1840 - enlists in 40th Foot regiment. 1852 - arrives in Victoria 1860 - marries Margaret McInerney at St Francis Church, Melbourne giving his age as 35yrs, occupation labourer, and born Co. Wexford, Ireland. Aug 1861 - arrives in Dunedin NZ Sept 1861 - sworn in as a member of the NZ Armed Constabulary, Dunedin. Age given as 38yrs, occupation 'Victoria Army'. I have read that many British Army soldiers were recruited in Victoria for the fledgling Armed Constabulary later the NZ Police. Sept 1865 - discharged from Armed Constabulary. It would seem that at this point the family moved to Christchurch as Cornelius and Margaret's 3rd child was born there in Sept 1866. In April 1866 a new jail had been opened in Hokitika and the Governor was Mathew Cleary who was known to Cornelius (was a sponsor at one of Cornelius's children's christening) and had been in Victoria in the 1850s and in Dunedin in the early 1860s, so we assume it was through Cleary that Cornelius got the job. June 1867 - joins Hokitika Gaol as Chief Warder. Set 1867 - resigns as Chief Warder and continues as a warder. Cornelius collapsed and died on 6 May 1868. He was survived by his wife and 2 daughters, Mary and Margaret.  A son, John born in 1862 died at 5months but as his wife and children were not mentioned in the newspaper reports we assume they weren't in Hokitika which was a pretty wild/frontier town at this time.  
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