Some Information about Morton Bay Penal Settlement


Some Information about Moreton Bay Penal Settlement


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28th Foot TheNorth Gloucestershire Regiment.
99th Foot Wiltshire Duke of Edinburgh Regiment.
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The following is an excerpt extracted from a letter written by a  H.J.J.Sparks of New Farm, Brisbane on 29th June 1939 to the then Lt Col R.Grasebrook 1st Btn The Gloucestershire Rgt.  BURMA    

Quote "Dear Col Grasebrook,     re your enquiry concerning the history of the 28th in Australia.   I will examine what records are available here and communicate with you later.    It may take some little time as our records are very scanty.    The bulk of the records of convict days in NSW were burnt by order of Henry Parkes while he was Premier of that State 1872-75.   while the bulk of the Queensland records were destroyed by fire supposed to be accidental.    The following notes may be of interest to you       The penal settlement at Moreton Bay lasted from 1824 to 1839 and the settlement was thrown open for free occupation in 1842 when the Military was finally withdrawn.        

The commandants during that period included  
1835-1837  Captain Fester Fyans (Foster Fyans) 4th Foot ( on Norfolk Island )
1837-1839  Major (One account says Capt) Cotton  28th Foot afterwards Lt Gen Sir Sydney Cotton GCB         
1839  Lt George Gravatt   28th Foot         
1839  Lt Owen  Gorman  80th Foot      
The convict settlement was actually disbanded, and the convicts removed, by the 28th under Major Cotton & Lt Gravatt.    Lt Gorman assumed control during the transition period  while the district was being surveyed and prepared for free occupation.   The Military was re called to Moreton Bay, I think, in 1846 at the request of the squatters  for protection against the blacks, but it was a detachment of the 99th Foot under Lt (afterwards Major) George Jean de Winton............."     Unquote                                                                                      


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