Henry Galvin was born in Askeaton, County Limerick, Ireland about 1806. At the age of 20 years Henry joined the 21st Regiment of the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the 30th June 1826. He enlisted for unlimited service [i.e. for life].He served for 22 years during which he had six years in Van Diemen's Land and three years in The East Indies. He was discharged as medically unfit on the 14th March 1848. He then became an Army Pensioner. His 'Attestation' papers describe him as being five feet eight inches tall, with dark brown hair, grey eyes and sallow complexion.
As a retired pensioner he was engaged to be a guard on a convict transport. He arrived in Hobart Town, Australia, on the 24th July 1850 on the barque "Blenheim". There were 289 male prisoners and 30 guards on board.
Henry married Mary Hand [nee Barclay] a widow with one child. They married at St John's Roman Catholic Church at Richmond , Van Diemen's Land, Australia. on the 30th September 1854. Mary was born in County Wexford, Ireland about 1825. [ Mary had previous Marriage. She married Thomas Hand in 1842 and had one daughter, Mary.]. Henry Galvin and his wife , Mary, had one daughter, Ellen , in 1854 at Brighton, near Hobart. Their second daughter, Sarah, was born in Hobart Town in 1856. They moved to Gippsland in Victoria to the Tarraville area. They had two more children, Henry and Bridget. Bridget sadly died from whooping cough aged 18 days.
Henry died on the 17th April 1879 and Mary died on the 11th November 1910. they were both buried in the Sale Cemetery. Our Great Grandmother, Sarah Galvin, married Robert McWhirter and lived in the Sale area, [Victoria, Australia].
Death Record BDM Victoria Registration number: 6150 / 1879
|Date of Birth||1807 (circa)|
|Date of Death||17th Apr 1879|