Turpin, Philip

Harris R.I.P.Private Philip Turpin #514, occupation carpenter, came to Western Australia with a complement of 65 Royal Sappers & Miners and two officers of the Royal Engineers. These men came on the ship Anna Robertson, arriving from England on 18th December 1851, as Instructing Warders to the convicts.

Turpin’s name is on the Muster Roll and Pay List for 1st September to 31st December 1851, being the period which covered his voyage to Western Australia;  it shows his pay as 1s. 2½d. per day, total pay for that period £7 7s. 5d.

He is later recorded in the Muster Roll as being stationed at Champion Bay in April to July 1857.  This would most likely be the period in which building of the Convict Hiring Depot was commenced, following the closure of Port Gregory (Lynton) Depot.

In a Report on the 20th Company in February 1855, Turpin was recorded as 37 years 10 months old and had been serving in the Army for 13 years 4 months. He is reported as married with no children. Extensive research has found no record of his birth or marriage, nor the birth of any children prior to his death. He died in Western Australia on 5th December 1860 and was buried in the RC section, Skinner Street Cemetery, Fremantle. He was 43 years old and his cause of death unknown to me.

Muster Roll and Pay List for July 1857 recording the last of four months’ postings at Champion Bay [WO11-158].


AJCP Reel 7180, WO11-126-009, from National Archives, Kew (microfilm).
AJCP Reel 7185 WO11-158-14 from National Archives, Kew (microfilm).
AJCP Reel 898, WO1-437-219, from National Archives, Kew (microfilm).
St Patrick’s R.C. Church Burial Registers March 1852 to May 1874 (transcribed).