There is a three year discrepancy between John's stated age at death and her baptism certificate. As this is also the case for his sister, I believe rootsireland.com have the year incorrect, but I have kept it as recorded.
(The master copy of this biography, which includes images, is maintained at http://dorneyfamilyhistory.net/famtree_web/History_kiernan.pdf)
John McDonald was born in Tinryland in County Carlow, Ireland to Andrew McDonald and Ellen McDarby. He was baptised on 23 December 1817.
There is an Andrew McDonald in the tithe applotment books for Tomduff townland, Co Carlow. This could well be John’s father.
He had joined the 99th Regiment of Foot (Lanarkshire Volunteers) by early 1841 as Private No. 1024. His regiment sailed out to Australia as guards on a number of prison ships, spread over several years.
John sailed on the Somersetshire, departing Plymouth on 19 January 1842 and arriving in Hobart on 29 May 1842.
During the voyage there was a planned mutiny of troops and convicts and the ship was held up during the enquiry. One private was executed and three troops who took part were sentenced to penal servitude.
The convict ship Isabella, also carrying members of the 99th, had arrived in Hobart on 19 May. John, along with 70 other men and Colonel Jackson left for Sydney HQ on the Isabella on 9th June 1842.
Some troops (including John) were later despatched to Newcastle; John was stationed in Maitland in 1845, and had attained the rank of Corporal.
Volunteer detachments of the 99th were sent to Norfolk Island and New Zealand (John didn’t go to these last two sites), and by 1848 he was stationed in Hobart.
In September 1853 the Government of Victoria applied to Van Diemen’s Land for military assistance, and John, along with 12 officers and 295 men of the 99th were despatched there.
He moved to the 40th Regiment and Ballarat in 1856, when the 99th regiment returned to Great Britain. The 40th Regiment left Victoria for New Zealand in 1860. John did not go to New Zealand, but was apparently still a member of the Regiment and living in Ballarat in mid-1861.
In 1865 he worked as a Drill Sergeant with the Victorian Police and in 1871 was recorded as a Sergeant Major with the Victorian Volunteer Forces.
John and Louisa had four children while stationed in Hobart. Margaret, born c.1849, Henrietta Ellen, born 1850, Henry James born 1852 and Mary born 1853.
They had another 8 children in Victoria. John (1856), Frederick (1857), Harriet (1858), Joseph (1861), Thomas (1863), William (1864), Agnes (1867) and Emily (1871). John was living in Pentridge, Melbourne from at least 1863 to at least 1872.
He died at his home at 137 Park Street, Parkville on 7 July 1900.
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