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Pensioner Guards

Pensioner Guards Government House c1887
Pensioner Guards Government House c1887

The Pensioner Guards (also known as the Enrolled Pensioner Force and after 1880 as the Enrolled Guards) consisted of those soldiers who came as guards on the convict ships which transported nearly 10,000 prisoners to Western Australia in the years 1850-1868. The number of soldiers, along with their wives and children totalled some 2,500. Many of them remained on as settlers after they had completed their military duty. They had served in China, the Crimea, South Africa, India, Persia, New Zealand and Afghanistan and were awarded pensions for long service and good conduct, wounds or meritorious service. After arrival they could continue with military duty or remain as settlers. After serving seven years in the Enrolled Pensioner Force they were eligible to a free land grant.

The chief source of information on the Pensioner Guards is F.H. Broomhall's The Veterans (355.31 BRO). In the compilation of the book newspapers, Colonial Secretary’s Office, Lands and Surveys and War Office records were used.

Other records which may prove useful are:

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