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Ensign William  Minchin (c.1774.........1821)

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.The New South Wales Corps. ( Rum Corps. ) "Renamed 102nd Regiment.
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  • Born : c.1774
  • Where Born :  Country Tipperary Ireland
  • Occupation : Soldier
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    Rank on Discharge : Ensign
  • Date of Enlistment :  2 March 1791
  • Where Enlisted : England   
  • Enlistment Details:  Purchased commission
  • Date of Discharge :   12 August 1817
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died :    25 March 1821, aged 45.
  • Where Died / Buried   Castlereagh cemetery
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    William Minchin, military officer and settler, was born in Ireland, probably in . Commissioned ensign and adjutant of the New South Wales Corps on 2 March 1791, he took up his appointment in the female transport Lady Shore, in command of a detachment of troops which included French and Irish prisoners of war, deserters, and prisoners from the Savoy. The prisoners mutinied on 1 August 1797,Minchin and his wife along with twenty seven other people were cast adrift. On 15 August and made landfall at Port St Pedro, Brazil two days later.
    On his return to England he successfully answered charges concerning the mutiny. He apparently lost no time in again sailing for Sydney, where he took up duty as adjutant from Neil MacKell in November 1800. His name is occasionally mentioned in concern with affairs of honour and disputes amongst his fellow officers and he was also involved in the deposition of Governor Bligh but it seems under instructions of Major Johnston. Minchin returned to London and gave evidence at Johnston's court martial. He then applied for a captain  in the Royal African Corps, which he did not receive and then accompanied his regiment to Guernsey and Bermuda where in 1811 he was promoted to captain. He was involved in a few small skirmishes during the American war of 1812-14 .
    In August 1817 Minchin retired and sold his commission and returned to New south Wales with his wife and daughter in September 1818. In April Governor Macquarie appointed him superintendent of police and treasurer of the Police Fund in place of D’Arcy Wentworth . He became director of the Bank of New South Wales, a member of the Bible Society, and was appointed a member of the Male Orphan, Female Orphan and Native Institutions.
    It seems Minchin did not trade in rum and his land holdings during his military service were small. During the interum Johnston granted him 100 acres and Paterson granted his wife 200 acres, both of these grants Macquarie cancelled and granted him 1000 acres of land on the south side of the Great Western Road at Rooty Hill. Minchin named this grant Minchinbury. In 1821, after a short illness, Minchin died on 25 March, aged 45.(2)

     

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    (1) Australian vital records 1788 to 1905 disk 1 to 4
    (2) http://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/index.asp?id=1476
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    Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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