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Who were the Pensioners?

Bolton, G.C. (1981) Who were the Pensioners? Studies in Western Australian History (4). pp. 84-89.

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Among the amateur historians who have contributed so generously to the advancement of the craft in Western Australia, Mr F. H. Broomhall deserves greater recognition than he has so far received for his achievement in collective biography. In 1975 he lodged in the Battye Library a register of all the members of the Enrolled Pensioner Force who served in Western Australia from the coming of the first convicts in 1850 to the final disbandment of the Force in 1880, together with a long introductory essay.* A supplementary volume in 1976 included a section inadvertently omitted from the original text as well as various addenda and corrigenda, among them information gained from probate records. 1 Together these volumes constitute an important source for the social historian and demographer of nineteenth century Western Australia, and have already been extensively quarried for Volume 3 of the Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914. They provide the data and primary source references for all material in this article...

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: University of Western Australia. Centre for Western Australian History
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Notes: Convictism in Western Australia
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