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arrival: Mermaid 473 tons Convict vessel

Master: J P Anderson
Origin: Portsmouth 1851 Jan 9
Destination: WA 1851 May 13

Date Item Details Source
departure Woolwich Merv
1817 construction teak Merv
1817 built Calcutta Merv
1832 background major repairs Merv
1835 background sheathed in felt and copper Merv
1851 background surveyed in London Merv
1851 registered London Merv

Passenger list
Surname Other names Notes Source
208 convicts Merv
91 passengers (pensioner guards and families) Merv
Kilroy Alexander crew Merv

Whatever 'Merv' is, it is the source.

Oh! One of the trees had him in the military in the 1830's :rolleyes:
A few trees appearing with differing views on that period, this may be worth checking out from one of them. I haven't found it yet :rolleyes:

Age: 45
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
'Mermaid' as a Pensioner Guard"


Hatfield George .. private; Royal Marines; to SA in 1855 per 'Vivid' with wife and 3 children
Hatfield Ann .. wife
Hatfield Catherine 9 child
Hatfield William 7 child
Hatfield Henry 6 child
Hatfield George 4 child
Hatfield Richard 2 child

Thanks gibbo. :)

So far I can't find 'Vivid' to SA.

Births Mar Qtr 1845
Hatfield Henry Hawkins Greenwich 5 273

Henry is listed as 6 so that fits. He is the father of Alfred who married Marion KILFEDER.
South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) - Tuesday 20 November 1855 p.2
Vivid, brig. 113 tons, Williams, master, from Swan River. Collinson, agent.
South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Wednesday 14 November 1855
Tuesday, November 13— The brig Vivid, 148 tons, W.Williams, master, from Swan River November 1. E. G.Collinson, Port, agent. Passengers— Mr. Roe and family, in the cabin; Mrs. O'Connell and 3 children, Mr. Burke and 3 children, Sergeant Inskipp wife and 3 children,Sergeant Manning wife and 2 children, Mr. G. Hatfield wife and child, etc etc

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/art...ld AND "vivid"&searchLimits=exactPhrase=vivid
Thanks gibbo.

So he was no longer a Marine. Don't suppose we will find discharge papers.

A lot more found than I expected. Same old story, way off my direct lines. I have some much closer to my direct lines I have no birth/baptism records for.
Private George Hatfield (c. ...... ..) - HERE and HERE

Born : c.
Where Born :
Occupation : Soldier
Date Arrived : 25 May 1851
Ship Arrived on : " Mermaid "
Where Arrived : Fremantle
Age when Arrived :
Marital Status : Married
Rank on Discharge : Private
Date Enlistment ( E.P.F )c:1851
Where Enlisted ( E.P.F ) : England
Date Discharge ( E.P.F ) :
Where Discharged ( E.P.F ): Perth Western Australia
Previous Regiment : Royal marines
Regimental Number:
Date Enlistment :
Where Enlisted :
Date Discharge :
Where Discharged :
Died :
Informant :
Where Died / Buried :
Parents Names :
Spouse's Name : Ann
Born :
Where Born :
Occupation :
Date Married :
Where Married :
Spouse's Parents :
Date Arrived : 25 May 1851
Ship Arrived on : " Mermaid "
Where Arrived : Fremantle
Age when Arrived :
Died :
Buried :
Where Died / Buried :

Area Settled :
Perth Western Australia
Children :
Catherine (b 1842....d.)
William (b 1844....d.)
George (b 1847....d.)
Richard (b 1849....d.)

History & Achievements :
Arrived with his wife and Children Catherine aged 9, William aged 7, George aged 4,& Richard aged 2. In 1855 sailed to south Australia on board the ship 'Vivid' with his wife and 3 children
Enrolled Military Pensioners Force

This unit served in Western Australia 1850 - 1880 and Tasmania. The unit was made up of men from, Serving Military units, who had retired or had been pensioned out of service. Many had served in Australia as convict guards in the past and had returned to serve within this force. The Pensioner force took over many of the rolls of the line Regiments which allowed them to be transferred out of Australia.

Can the original unit be found? George is listed as 30 and a blacksmith in 1841 census and not born in Kent. Not listed as a Chelsea Pensioner.

May or may not be the right one.

Joined 1844 - served 21 years - discharged 1844

Folios 5-6. George Hatfield, born: Lancaster, Lancashire; Age at attestation: 18; Attested: Plymouth; Joined in: ...
Admiralty: Royal Marines: Attestation Forms. Woolwich Division: Attestations and Discharges, 1839-1869. Folios 5-6. George Hatfield, born: Lancaster, Lancashire; Age at attestation: 18; Attested: Plymouth; Joined in: 1844; Discharge reason: Served 21 years; Discharge year: 1844.
Collection:Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodiesDate range: 1844 Reference:ADM 157/762/5Subjects:Armed Forces (General) | Navy
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