British Regiments Serving in Colonial Australia
The 65th Regiment of Foot (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding)
This regiment served in Australia from 1846-47. They were sent out on guard duty with convicts then went onto New Zealand, where they served until September 1865. Four hundred men accepted their discharge, and remained in Auckland.
40th Regiment of Foot
Small detachments were sent to New South Wales to relieve the 48th Regiment via convict ships in 1823. They also served in Van Diemen’s Land, were they were involved in hostilities against the aboriginal people. In 1828-9 the regiment left for Bombay.
In 1853 they returned to Australia and were quartered in Melbourne for the furnishing of companies to protect the goldfields. Some companies of the 12th and 40th regiments were sent to Ballarat in early December 1854 to suppress the miner’s rebellion at Eureka Stockade on the morning of 3 December 1854. In 1860 they went to fight in the Maori Wars.