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15-07-2006, 7:51 PM
I am looking for directions to the correct microfilm series at The National Archives to locate personnel information about my 2 x Great Grandfather James Earls.
James Earls was born c. 1796 in Ireland. I have a record of him being on strength in pay records for the Royal Staff Corps in New South Wales September 1826 and subsequent pay records (1827) suggest he was sent to Van Diemenís Land (Tasmania) for garrison duty at Westbury.
Other evidence in my possession confirms James Earlsí discharge from the Royal Staff Corps about June 1829 also in Van Diemenís Land.
I suspect he joined the Royal Staff Corps around 1824- 1825 in either Ireland or England.
In addition to finding records of his enlistment and thereby his place and date of birth etc. Iíd like to know when and how he arrived in Australia with this regiment.
Thanks for any assistance.

ps I've posted this message in the "Australia' forum as well.

11-10-2006, 5:31 AM
Afraid that there is nothing readily accessible online from the NAA.

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11-10-2006, 6:06 AM

this mentions a microfilm series about the regiment.


barrie wise
14-10-2006, 6:09 AM

A James Earls [yours?] gets a number of mentions in Tasmanian records - these may be of help to you.

i Henrietta Earls, baptised Launceston 13th December 1834, father James, mother Ellen. [Westbury is a small town to the west of Launceston, which was the major centre of northern Tasmania.]

ii 1835 Van Diemen's Land jury lists, ref: reel P3-12, section ML 175, film CY 878

iii 1844 Norfolk Island, "Nautilus", prisoner, new experimental system, ref: reel P3-5, section 335-6, film CY 368.

iv James Earls, "Maitland" 14th February 1844 from Norfolk Island.

Items i to iii are in "Tasmanian Colonial Index" 1816 - 1889 and iv is in the "Tasmanian Convict Records", and both are in the Archives of Tasmania.