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New South Wales Veteran Companies. Return to an Order of the Honourable House of Commons, dated 22 May 1832...
London: House of Commons, July, 1832. Folio, 16 pp., with additional docket titling leaf; disbound, a little frayed at extremities, very good overall. Darling on the NSW Corps. Uncommon governmental report on the state of the New South Wales military, detailing the three companies of veterans that were raised in Britain and sent to Australia in 1826.This report audits the New South Wales veteran companies and prints eight pages of correspondence between the former Governor, Sir Ralph Darling, and Lord Palmerstone, Lord Fitzroy Somerset, Sir Herbert Taylor and other notables regarding pensions, land claims and other conditions of service. The veterans were troublesome from the start, with rumblings of mutiny on the voyage out, which is why Darling here explains his decision to send them into the interior rather than the large towns, 'where they would only add to the dissipation which too generally prevails.'The report includes a memorandum of 1829 stating the rewards for each man (small farm holdings), and also gives an audit of the costs, including wages: often the expenses are considerable, for example £2,034 was paid in 1826 for 'clothing, accoutrements and military books' for NCOs....
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