Name - GEORGE GRAHAM T9/2 page 139

Enlisted - 14th March 1848 at Auckland

Ship - Recruited in New Zealand

Pension - Chelsea Pension 2/11d per day commenced 1st October 1850

Rank - Quarter Master Sergeant

Unit - 58th Regiment of Foot (previously in the 99th Regiment) Regimental No. 238

Born - circa 1806

Abode - Auckland

Parents -

Status - Married, 4 children

Wife - ELLEN McCALLINAN/McLANNINAN/McCULLINAN (surname needs checking)

Description - 5' 7", brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion, 48 in 1854, good character, no trade entered. He served 23 years 11 months and was discharged at his own request. Married 1833 at Mauritius, with 4 children according to the Treasury Pension Register which also records his death by drowning 12th November 1874.

"Discharged in New Zealand" by Hugh and Lyn Hughes was in Sydney in 1847, after which he came to Auckland on furlough while awaiting discharge from his regiment. It records his arrival in Auckland on 14th August 1848 after which he was discharged to pension. He is also listed with men of the 99th Regiment but is unclear how his connection comes about with that regiment.

Issue of GEORGE GRAHAM & ELLEN McCALLINAN/McLENNAN etc?:-

WALTER born circa 1834? = MARGARET MARWOOD SMITH 18th Feb 1862

MARY JANE born circa 183?

DAVID WILLIAM born 26. 11. 1850 died 1st December 1861 aged 11 years

EMILY born circa. . 1857 died 13th December 1861 aged 4 years

From the NZSG Freeholders of New Zealand 1882 -

Estate of the late George Graham, of Auckland, 1,176 acres,valued at 1,176.

Died 2nd November 1874, GEORGE GRAHAM, aged 68 years. RG 1874/960 Auckland

Auckland Public Library information says George Graham came to the Colony in 1847 and was Barrack Sergeant in 1855. He drowned at the home of his son on the 12th November 1874. A report of the proceedings of the ensuing inquest was published in the Daily Southern Cross 14th November 1874, page 6.3

Died 30th October 1894, ELLEN GRAHAM. RG 1894/1777

Was Ellen the second wife of George Graham? The discrepancy in the ages of the children indicates this may have been so.

GRAHAM - After a very short illness, on the 1st instant, at the Albert Barracks, DAVID WILLIAM, second son of George Graham, Bank Department, aged 11 years. The funeral will leave the Albert Barracks at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.

New Zealand Herald 3rd December 1861.

GRAHAM - On Friday 13th instant, EMILY, the beloved daughter of Mr George Graham, Barracks Department, aged 4 years.

New Zealand Herald 17th December 1861.

The pages of photographs included with this information were all taken in the Wesleyan and General Cemetery in Symonds Street, Auckland. Compiler finds it strange that Emily's name was not entered on the above gravestones. Emily may have been the daughter of the other George Graham and his wife, Jane Sargent, but this seems unlikely as when their daughter, Jane Harriet Graham, married Andrew Sinclair 12th August 1858, she was described as the only daughter of George Graham, Royal Engineers.

 

GRAHAM - SMITH - On Tuesday the 18th instant, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev Isaac Harding, WALTER GRAHAM, eldest son of Mr George Graham, Barrack Department to MARGARET MARWOOD, fourth daughter of Mr H. Smith, architect.

New Zealand Herald 7th March 1862. RG 1862/96

Their issue?:-

JOHN WILLIAM born 1865/10082

son born 1867

WALTER STUART born 1869/119 died 17th December 1873 aged 4 years

 

The photographs incuded with this information have all been taken in the Wesleyan and General Cemetery, Symonds Street, Auckland. The graves are quite close to Symonds Street and are also located near the grave of Henry Justin and his family. Henry Justin was another retired soldier who took his discharge in New Zealand and became a Fencible.

3 There were two men called George Graham at this time; the other was married to Jane Sargent