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Enrolled Pensioner Guards - Resources

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 Frank H. Broomhall wrote a history of the Enrolled Pensioner Force in Western Australia, 1850 - 1880. The book The Veterans  is wonderful resource for researchers.
This book is available through most libraries, and has an index of most of the Pensioner Guards, and we recommend it as a vital resource for researchers.
The book is published by Hesperian Press (WA), and is readily available.   This book may be PURCHASED from the Enrolled Pensioner Guard SIG.

David Barker's  Warders & Gaolers - a dictionary of Western Australian prison officers 1829-1879.
Published by WAGS 2003 ( and also as a CD-ROM ) contains the details of 525 men and women who served as warders,
gaolers and matrons, within the prison system of Western Australia. Quite a lot of these men were 'poached' from the EPF.

Published in 2014, the excellent A Superior Body of Men  by  M S James  is the result of many years of research through UK and Australian sources.
It adds further information to military pensioners who were either discharged in the Colony of Western Australia,
came as guards on the convict transports, or immigrated freely to the State. At 800 pages this is a large book and hardcover is recommended.
The searchable PDF copy is perhaps better value.


Our new website for the EPG Ships Project  was launched 0n 9th January 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont in Western Australia on 9 January 1868 provided the impetus to launch our website at this time.

We have concentrated initially on the men who arrived on her as a fitting introduction to the profiles of all the men of the Enrolled Pensioner Force.

The othe ship's men will be added gradually over time.

goto:-  https://enrolledpensionerforcewa.org.au/


Websites for EPG Research

pdfEPG Websites for Research (6.06 Kb)


Between 1850 and 1868 thirty five convict ships have been identified as employing pensioners as a guard. The records are not consistent, in that we have the full complement of guards on some ships, but for others very few if any.

After 1868, two ships ( the Strathmore and the Naval Brigade ) brought aditional pensioners to reinforce the Enrolled Guard.

pdfShip List (37 Kb)


Guide to Finding your EPG

Jeanette Lee has compiled this great guide to assist you in your research !

pdfEPG Research Guide to finding your Pensioner Guard 2017  (384Kb)


Places of Interest

Some of the areas our men have lived.

pdfEPG Places of Interest to Enrolled Pensioner researchers (530 Kb)



Don't forget to look in the local studies collections of the relevant areas' library for hidden gems.

Kojonup Military Barracks - Side Copy


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