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the boisterous 96th
« on: December 23, 2011, 08:47:18 AM »
The year of 1847 was eventful when six field guns were imported from England in the Kalliboka, being the first of that type in the colony, while ninety men of the 11th Regiment arrived in the Brankenmoor from Launceston to relieve the 96th which departed for India. However, there appears to be no doubt that the new arrivals were cast in a similar mould to their predecessors; for example:
In January 1847 another drunken riot with some soldiers of the 11th Regiment occurred at the British Hotel in Pirie Street and but for the timely interference and steadfast conduct of some citizens, would have been attended with serious consequences. Without any ceremony the soldiers forced an entrance, then took off their belts, and commenced assaulting indiscriminately those present. Mr. Williams, the licensee, a powerful man, set to work right and left, assisted by those of his customers who were not incapacitated from the soldiers' assault, and succeeded in "getting them off", when a picquet was sent from the barracks, and the disorderlies were removed.
In October 1848 seventy men of the 99th arrived under the command of Captain Reeves; the 11th regiment seems to have remained until 1854, while the 99th went to Western Australia. However, in mitigation it must be said that the boisterous 96th regiment was of some economic importance to the colony for at least �5,000 was expended annually by the officers and men.
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