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Each year we are asked thousands of questions related to information we have in our libraries and archives about Tasmania.

To support your research we are posting our responses below to the most topical and interesting enquiries.

We make sure to remove personal information from the enquiries, answers, related data and search tips.

  
  
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The Tasmanian 99th Regiment consisted of between 130 to 135 Chelsea (or military) pensioners who volunteered for duty in Victoria in 1852 under the command of Captain Blamire. This regiment later assisted to quell the uprising at Ballarat in December 1854.

The following newspaper reports trace the regiment's early progress:-

28 February 1852 - 135 pensioners arrived in Melbourne (in steerage) 28 February 1852.

13 March 1852 - the "main body of the pensioners" [the 99th] were "to be stationed at Mount Alexander."

24 July 1852 – police and 16 of the pensioners under the command of Captain Blamire perform escort duties at Mount Alexander.

Do we have the names of the pensioners?

Yes, a Colonial Secretary's Office file for 1852 contains:- "Nominal list of a detachment of enrolled pensioners who have volunteered and embarked for service in Victoria under the command of Capt Blamire 99th Regiment (Ratable family allowances five pounds 7 and 9 per diem commencing from 1 July)."
 CSO24/185 6757 at pages 53 - 57 (on microfilm Z829).


This list is accompanied by a letter from the Victorian Colonial Secretary's Office Melbourne 6th March 1852 sent to the Honourable Colonial Secretary Van Diemens Land. The Victorians acknowledged receipt of a letter from Van Diemen's Land of 12th February 1852 "announcing the embarcation of pensioners in all one hundred and thirty men for the service of the colony; the men arrived safely under the charge of Capt Blamire of the 99th Regiment."

The Nominal List included the following columns of data: Corps/Rank/Name/Families: wives and children under 12/ Rate per Diem.

Search tips

​The "nominal list" of military pensioners appear in the "General Correspondence" of the Colonial Secretary's Office (1). You can search both the index and the registers of this correspondence. You can search on the Trove Advanced newspaper form for the words "ballarat" and "99th" and select a range of dates between December 1854 and the end of 1855.