Researching your Pensioner Guard
Category: Enrolled Pensioner Guards
The EPG group has compiled a guide to researching Western Australian Enrolled Pensioner Guards and their families.
The guide includes books, available from the FHWA library, websites, and documents prepared by members of the group.
Kojanup Military Barracks
The Veterans a history of the Enrolled Pensioner Force in Western Australia, 1850 - 1880 by Frank H. Broomhall. 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. This book may be purchased from the Enrolled Pensioner Guard SIG.
EPG addendum to The Veterans to The veterans, held in FHWA library.
Warders & Gaolers - a dictionary of Western Australian prison officers 1829-1879 (2003) by David Barker. Published by FHWA in book and CD format 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.
A Superior Body of Men (2014), 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.
And don't forget to check the Local History Collections in WA municipal libraries which hold many gems.