PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasWilliam DOWLING
Birth date and placec.1826 Carlow, Carlow, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesChatham Barracks, Medway, Kent (1841).
Royal Sappers & Miners Barracks, Woolwich, Greenwich, Kent (1851).
Staddon Cottages, Plymstock St Mary, Devon (1871).
Fort Bovisand, Plymstock, Devon (1881).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
TradeCarpenter.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: light brown. Hair: black.
Marks or Scars: scar on top of left shoulder; large one in front of right thigh; 6 moles on right arm.
Marriage date and place2 Dec 1852  Fremantle, Western Australia.
SpouseRachel WELLS/WILLS.
ChildrenWilliam b. 1854, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Richard b. 1856, Fremantle, Western Australia.
James Joseph b. 1858, Plymouth, Devon.
John b. 1861, Gibraltar.
Sarah Jane b. 1864, Gibraltar.
Mary b. 1866, Gibraltar.
Alice b. 1870, Plymouth, Devon.
Death date and place28 Nov 1890 Victoria Barracks, Judge Street, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland.
Cause of Death: rheumatic gout; cirrhosis of liver; heart disease.
Burial date and place29 Nov 1890 Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland.
Will and ProbateNone.
Death NoticesBrisbane Courier 29 Nov & 5 Dec 1890.
Brisbane Telegraph 2 Dec 1890.
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#2112 Private.
Attestation date and place9 Sep 1848 Liverpool, Lancashire.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 6 years 3 months.
Gibraltar and Malta 8 years 6 months.
MustersWO11-126 20th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1852) to WO11-158 (1858) Western Australia.
WO11-192 27th Company, Gibraltar (1861).
PromotionsPrivate to Sapper 9 Sep 1858.
Sapper to 2nd Corporal 1 Oct 1860.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Dec 1862.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFive Good Conduct Badges.
Other Awards & PrizesThe Great Exhibition 1851.
Bronze Medal and Present.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place26 Oct 1869 Chatham.
Length of Service21 years 48 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1360-132.
Post Discharge ResidenceHooe, Plymouth, Devon.
Pension DistrictPlymouth (1869).
Pension17½d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipMarion.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Plymouth 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder.
York Convict Depot Apr 1854 to Dec 1855 (at least).
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WADolphin.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 2 Feb 1858 for London.
Emigration to QueenslandImmigrated to Brisbane, Queensland with his wife Rachel  on SS Merkara .
Dep. London 22 May 1886. Arr. Brisbane 22 Jul 1886.
Mary Dowling, daughter, left England for Brisbane in 1891 on the same ship.
(See sidebar for details of SS Merkara).