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RUDDELL Thomas

Male Abt 1843 - 1903  (~ 60 years)


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  • Name RUDDELL Thomas 
    Born Abt 1842 or 1843  Donacloney (Donaghcloney), Co Down, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Drill Instructor, Labourer (listed as private life on his marriage certificate); soap boiler 
    Died 22 Aug 1903  Bundaberg, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Grave Number: P314

      Maryborough Chronicle Tuesday 25 Aug 1903
      A very old and well-known resident of Bundaberg in the person of Mr. Thomas Ruddell, died at his residence, Bingera street, on Saturday last. Deceased was 61 years of age and leaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss. He was a brother of Ald. R,. Ruddell, of Bundaberg, and Mr. G: Ruddel!, of Sharon.
    Buried 23 Aug 1903  Bundaberg Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I24  Wood/O'Neill
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2017 

    Father RUDDELL James,   b. Abt 1800,   d. 15 Aug 1866, Lurgan Workhouse, Armagh, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Mother PILLAR (PILAR) Mary,   b. Abt 1810, Scarva, County Armagh, Nthn Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1900, Bundaberg, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family HAMMILL Norah (Honora),   b. 10 Sep 1863, Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1936, Mackay, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 20 Jun 1883  Brisbane, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Married at the residence of Mr Stephen Hammill, Harcourt Street, Fortitude Valley according to the rites of the Wesleyan Methodist Church
    Children 
     1. RUDDELL Thomas James,   b. 16 Feb 1885, Brisbane, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1952, Eventide, Sandgate, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     2. RUDDELL Richard,   b. 5 Aug 1888, Bundaberg, QLD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1946, Mackay, Qld Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     3. RUDDELL Mary,   b. 19 Jul 1891, George St. Bundaberg, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1958, Mackay, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     4. RUDDELL George,   b. 11 Apr 1895, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1960, Brisbane Hospital, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     5. RUDDELL Amelia Caroline (Millie),   b. 7 Feb 1899, Bundaberg, QLD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1960, Mackay, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     6. RUDDELL Myrtle Norah,   b. 12 Mar 1901, Bundaberg, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1965, Mackay, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Thomas arrived on the 24 December 1881 into Moreton Bay on the ship Durham. He is aged 27 (when in reality he was 40 years old) and the name is spelt as Thomas Ruddle. Also on on the same ship is another Thomas Ruddell aged 17. This is his nephew Thomas James Ruddell, son of William.

      In 1885, Thomas Ruddell is to be appointed as drill-instructor for the Bundaberg Volunteer Mounted Rifle Corps at a pay rate of 2 shillings per hour for drill performed from July 1.

      In 1892 there is a T Ruddell listed as the Sergeant-Instructor for the Wide Bay and Burnett Regiment E Company (QLD Defence Force). In 1893, he is dismissed from the position.

      Death certificate lists cause of death as chronic nephritis. He was attended by Dr T.H. May. It also states that he had been in Queensland for 21 years which means that he arrived around 1882. Place of death was Bingera Street, Bundaberg.

      On the 1903, electoral roll, Thomas and Norah are listed as living at Woongarra Street in Bundaberg and he is a labourer.

      According to the Brisbane Courier, he died of Bright's disease.
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      Thomas enlisted on the 5th November 1859 at Portadown. On his Attestation he gave his birthplace as Donacloney, near the town of Lurgan in the County of Down. He was aged 18 and his occupation was weaver. He had served in the Militia for 5 months, having joined as a volunteer on the 2 July 1859. He made his mark on the document. He was 5ft 41/2 inches tall with a fresh complexion, hazel eyes and black hair.

      Home (Ireland) to 17 Oct 1864
      He served in the 1st Regiment of Foot as a private from 7th November 1859 to 30th November 1860.
      He then transferred to the 27th Regiment of Foot on the 30 November 1860 until the 30 June 1861.
      Transferred again to the 86th Foot Royal Irish Rifles on the 1 July 1861 to 26 March 1864

      Gibraltar 18 Oct 1864 to 17 Apr 1867
      Promoted to Corporal 27 March 1864 to 17 Oct 1865
      Promoted to Sergeant 18th Oct 1865 to 2 Dec 1866

      Cape of Good Hope 18 April 1867 to 16 Dec 1867
      Arrested - drunk on duty tried and reduced 3 Dec 1866 to 30 Sep 1867
      Sentence remitted
      Re-engaged to complete 21 years service

      Mauritius 17 Dec 1867 to 12 July 1870
      Sergeant 1 Oct 1867 to 6 August 1870

      Cape of Good Hope 13 July 1870 to 26 March 1875
      Tried and reduced because of absence 8 August 1870 to 19 March 1872
      Promoted Corporal 20 March 1872 to 16 March 1873

      Home 27 March 1875 to 11 August 1881
      Tried and reduced 19 March 1873 to 14 Sep 1875
      Corporal 12 Nov 1875 to 31 May 1877
      Sergeant 1 June 1877 9 April 1880
      Tried and reduced for drunkenness 10 April 1880 to 30 june 1881 21 years on 10 March 1881
      Permitted to prolong his service as a private until 11th August 1881

      The Telegraph Fri 25 Nov 1898
      Alleged Defalcations

      Court case involved a clerk in the Treasury who was accused of defrauding the treasury of money going to Imperial Pensioners. Constable Carew produced a certified copy of an entry in the register of deaths relating to a man known as James Pillar. Thomas Ruddle, labourer, Bundaberg deposed that he was a pensioner from the Imperial Army. Was pensioned off on August 30, 1881. He knew an Imperial pensioner named James Pilar. He was an uncle of his. He died at the Bundaberg hospital in July of this year. When alive he had drawn as pension 4 11s 4d per quarter. He (the witness) reported his death to the paymaster?s pension office, A reply in acknowledgement was received from defendant. He had not seen the cheque produced before.