PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasThomas MURDOCH 
Birth date and place6 May 1823 West Church, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences17 Simon Square, Newington, Edinburgh, Midlothian (1871).
27 Arthur Street, Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian (1881).
27 Arthur Street, Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian (1891).
See Musters below (1841, 1851).
TradeBlacksmith.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9¼ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: black.
Marriage date and place17 Sep 1849 St Botolph without Bishopsgate, City of London.
SpouseLavinia MILLS.
ChildrenLavinia 1867 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
Death date and placeafter March 1891.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#337 Sappper.
Attestation date and place24 May 1841 Edinburgh, Midlothian.
Service/CampaignsGibraltar 6 years 4 months.
Western Australia 6 years 4 months.
MustersWO11-94 Detachment, Woolwich (1841).
WO11-126 Detachment, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1850) to WO11-146 (1856) Western Australia.
PromotionsSapper to 2nd Corporal 1 May 1859.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Jun 1861.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFour Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialNone.
16 Regimental offences.
Discharge date and place28 Apr 1863 Chatham.
Length of Service21 years 340 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1363-8.
Post Discharge ResidenceConvict Establishment Chatham.
Pension1/2d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipScindian.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Portsmouth 4 Mar 1850. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jun 1850.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p.158, see sidebar]
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone.
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 7 Jun 1850.
Perth Gazette 15 Aug 1856.
Ship ex-WAEsmeralda.  See Crimean War Connection.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 25 Feb 1856, via Cape of Good Hope and St Helena to London.