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Speechly, Charles (Constable)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1831
Place of birth Peterborough Northamptonshire, England
Date of arrival
The date "Unknown" was not understood.
Principal occupation Mounted Constable, Coffee Planter
Date of death 1907
Place of decease Bangalore, India

Charles Beavor Speechly was born in Peterborough Northamptonshire, England. His father was George Speechly, a farmer, and his mother was called Mary Ann. He was baptised on October 18, 1831.

Much of Charles’ history is unknown. He first appears on board Amicus travelling from Port Melbourne to Port Adelaide, arriving on August 18, 1853. He has an unclaimed letter that is declared in December 16, 1853, and signs a petition relating to the creation of a Parliament for South Australia on February 13, 1854.

Charles became a Mounted Constable on December 7, 1857. He served in Willunga in 1858 with Corporal John Shaw. We have little knowledge of his record but on October 10 1858, Corporal Shaw wrote to the Police Commissioner asking for repairs and whitewashing for the Willunga Police Station and the cottage occupied by P/T Speechly. The Commission told him that they had to do it themselves.

Charles resigned on December 9, 1859. Charles then disappears again. We can find no trace of a record of passage, but he appears in India as a coffee planter. He marries Maria Jane Page on March 14, 1873 and they have one child, Emma Annie Burton, in 1875.

Finally, Charles died on July 7, 1907 in Bangalore, India of intestinal catarrh.



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