57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot: “The Old Diehards”
The 57th Regiment served in Australia from 1825 until 1832 when they sailed for India in detachments between January and April 1832.
This coatee is poignant as it belonged to Captain Patrick Logan, Commandant of Moreton Bay, NSW. He was killed by Aboriginals whilst surveying the area. The 57th served in Australia from 1825-1832.
The 57th were involved with a sad and notorious episode in Sydney. On the 22nd November 1826 two wretched soldiers were “drummed out” of the regiment for theft wearing heavy spiked collars around their necks, attached by chains to their ankles.
Conditions were so bad in the Sydney garrrison that desperate soldiers had been stealing deliberately so as to be drummed out, considering life in the road gangs as better than being a soldier. Governor Darling decided to make a terrible example of Joseph Stubbs and Patrick Thompson. Stubbs was already ill, and died five days later.