PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJoseph SAUNDERS
Birth date and place25 Dec 1826 Eynsham, Oxfordshire, England.
Baptism date and place21 Jan 1827 Eynsham, Oxfordshire, England.
Civil Census Residences
TradeMason.
Physical Description
Marriage date and place25 Dec 1859 Wesleyan Chapel, Perth, Western Australia.
SpouseEllen WILLEY/WILLY.
ChildrenMary Ann b. 1860 Perth, Western Australia.
Charles Judd b. 1862, Perth, Western Australia.
Daniel George b. 1864, Perth, Western Australia.
Joseph b. 1867, Auckland, New Zealand.
Ellen b. 1869, Auckland, New Zealand.
Edwin James b. 1871 (d.1871), Thames, New Zealand.
Olivia b. 1872 (d.1873), Thames, New Zealand.
Annie b. 1874, Thames, New Zealand.
Edith b. 1876, Thames, New Zealand.
Etheline May b. 1881 Thames, New Zealand.
Death date and place11 Dec 1889, Augustus Street, Parawi, Thames, New Zealand.
Burial date and place13 Dec 1889, Shortland Cemetery, Thames, New Zealand.
Will and Probate
Death/Funeral NoticesThames Star 12 Dec 1889.
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#2192 Sapper.
Attestation date and place
Service/CampaignsIndia (tentative).
Western Australia 4 years.
MustersWO11-126 21st Company, Chatham & Portsmouth, England (1851).
WO11-158 (1858) to WO11-199 (1861) Western Australia.
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and Badges
Casualty/Medical
Courts Martial
Discharge date and place31 Dec 1861 Perth, Western Australia.
Length of Service
Chelsea Pension ReferenceNo Chelsea Pension WO97 records extant.
Post Discharge ResidencePerth, Western Australia.
PensionNot applicable.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipNile.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Plymouth 23 Sep 1857. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jan 1858.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder.
Land AcquisitionEligible for £10 remission on 20 acres of land; no evidence that land was acquired.
Ship ex-WADep. Fremantle c. 1864/65 for Auckland, New Zealand. Ship unknown.
ARRIVAL IN NEW ZEALAND
Ship arrival NZVessel unknown, c. 1864/65.
Occupations post-arrival in NZJoseph lived in Auckland earning his living as a bricklayer. Unfortunately he had an accident which meant he could no longer work. After about a year of unemployment by he got a job directing the building gangs for Mt Eden Prison (Mt Eden Stockade). He then went into the grocery trade with a John Moore but the business was dissolved in April 1868. The family then moved to Thames and he and his wife ran a grocery store in Richmond St. They moved back to Auckland briefly in the early 1880’s but by Nov 1885 they were back in Thames where his wife ran a grocery store in Pollen St. [David Haydock, Descendant, 18 Oct 2016].
Land Acquisition
Newspaper ArticlesNew Zealand Herald 2 Jun 1865.
Thames Star 12 Dec 1889.