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Weal, George (Corporal)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1828
Place of birth Clare, Ireland
Date of arrival 1852
Principal occupation Mounted Policeman
Date of departure 1855
Place of decease unknown

George Weal was born in Clare, Ireland in 1828. He arrived, aged 24 years, in South Australia on board Charlotte Jane from London on 13 Jan 1852. He arrived with his wife Elizabeth Dunn (1823- ) (aged 29 years) and two children (Emma aged 10 and Henry aged 1). He was described at arrival as an agricultural laborer. Religion – Roman Catholic.

George Weal, aged 21 years, (father Robert Weal) married Elizabeth Dunn, aged 26 years, on 25 April 1849 at St. Marylebone, Westminster, London. They had four children (3 girls and 1 boy): Emma (1842- ) Henry (1851- ) Ellen Maria (1852-1853) d aged 15 months at Glen Osmond Mary Ann (1854- ) b in Adelaide

George Weal served in the Mounted Police at Willunga for more than two years (1853-1855). He was appointed as a constable in the Mounted Division of the South Australian Police in April 1853 and was in Willunga as a Trooper by June of 1853. He was promoted to Corporal in January 1854. He was mentioned most favorably in the Police Commissioners Report dated 31 March 1855 for his “excellent and soldier-like arrangement” in the case of Smith who was accused of the murder of Mr. Thomas of Willunga. In September 1855 he was tried in the Willunga Court for “False imprisonment” and was accused of being drunk in the Cornwall Inn (formerly on the outskirts of Willunga on Aldinga Road). This was reported to the Commissioner of Police and he was discharged from the Mounted Police on 21 Sept 1855. He left the town in late 1855 and he was replaced by Trooper John Shaw.

A George Weal is listed as a resident of Inman Valley in 1865 but no further trace of him or his family has been found and it is believed that he left the colony.

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  • Statton Jill (Ed). 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Vol 4. South Australian Geneaology and Heraldry Society Inc. Adelaide

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