John Hyde (1824-1899)
(parents of Joan Gaffey):
Line of Descent to Joan Gaffey
Samuel HYDE (b Bisley, Gloucester, c1788)
Sarah East (b Temple Guiting, Gloucester
|Birth||Feb 1824 in Bisley, Gloucester, England|
soldier, 99th/40th Regiments, (1842-1857)
Jail warder/messenger (1864-1890)
|Enlisted||Nov 5 1842 in Coventry, England|
Hobart, Tasmania (bet 1848 and 1854),
Princes' Barracks, Melbourne (1856),
Castlemaine Vic (1857),
Dec 14 1899 in 199 Brougham Street, Sydney, of
cancer of the tongue
|Burial||Dec 15 1899 in Catholic Cemetery, Waverley|
|Marriage||Ellen QUIN (Oct 30 1848 in Hobart, Tasmania)|
John HYDE (Jan 21 1850-)
William Steven HYDE (Jan 2 1852-)
Henry James HYDE (Aug 2 1853-Dec 1853)
Jane HYDE (Oct 24 1854-Apr 1855)
(Sarah) Margaret HYDE (1857-1945)
George HYDE (May 6, 1859-)
Samuel HYDE (Feb 21 1861-)
Bisley, in the Cotswolds, home village of the Hyde family
England’s Cotswolds district is known for its beauty, and, until early in the 19th century, it was also famous for its wool industry. One of the workers in that industry was Samuel Hyde, variously described as a “cloth worker” and later, as a “manager, cloth factory”. Samuel and his family of nine children may well have been hit hard by a decline in the wool industry in the nineteenth century that caused great hardship throughout the Cotswolds. In an attempt to ease the poverty in Bisley, the parish persuaded 68 persons to emigrate. They were transported by two wagons and a cart to Bristol, and on 31 August 1837 they joined a steam packet en route to the New World. The parish paid the costs of £191 3s 1d, including the provision of Bibles and Prayer Books. The money was raised by public subscription and by borrowing on the security of the rates.
Instead of emigrating to America, Samuel’s third son,
John, joined the Army, enlisting in the 99th Regiment on
November 5, 1842 in Coventry, England.
He is described in Army records as then being 18 years and 8
months, and 5ft 5¾ins tall. He
was paid a bounty of £3/5/- for enlisting.
The regiment embarked at Chatham (Kent) in England for
Van Dieman's land in 1842, first arriving in Sydney in 1843, returning to
Sydney in 1844. In 1845, two
companies went to New Zealand to join an expedition against the Maoris.
Whilst in Sydney, the 99th was quite unpopular, widely known for its rough and near-mutinous behaviour, particularly over Government moves to reduce the alcohol ration; the 11th Regiment was brought to Sydney from Van Dieman’s land to control the 99th.
Despite his regiment’s reputation, John is recorded in pay and muster rolls on several occasions as having earned 'good conduct pay' - although at least one instance of being confined to the cells is also recorded.
99th Foot, 1845
Drawing: Lindsay Cox from Peter Stanley’s
The Remote Garrison : The British Army in Australia 1788-1870,
Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst 1986
In 1848, the reformed 99th transferred to Hobart Town
where John, then aged 25, married a 28-year-old Irish
housemaid, Ellen Quin.
It's likely that John and Ellen had met in Sydney, where Ellen is
thought to have been a housemaid at Government House. Ellen followed
John and his regiment south, and three months later in October,
1848, the couple were wed in
It's likely that John and Ellen had met in Sydney, where Ellen is thought to have been a housemaid at Government House. Ellen followed John and his regiment south, and three months later in October, 1848, the couple were wed inSt. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hobart (although John's religion was listed as Protestant.)
Four children were born
in Tasmania (although only two survived) before John
transferred in 1856 to the 40th Regiment in Victoria after the
99th left Australia.
During his time in Victoria, John was based in
Melbourne, then Castlemaine on the Victorian goldfields during the Gold
Rush period. Although the
40th Regiment had been involved in putting down the Eureka Rebellion at
Ballarat, the famous uprising occurred in December 1854, more than a year
before John's transfer.
However, among the duties the regiment performed during John's
period with it was the task of escorting gold from the diggings - an
assignment which may have brought him in touch with a gold digger ancestor
of the Byrnes' family, Felice Pobar, who was prospecting on the Victorian
fields during those same years.
Two more children, Mary Ellen (1856) and Sarah Margaret [Maggie] (1857) were born to John and Ellen in this period. Maggie's birth certificate says at this time, three other siblings were living, with two dead.
John left the Army in December 1858, returning to
Hobart, where his two youngest children were born (1859-61).
By 1864, the family had moved north to Sydney where John was
employed as a warder at Darlinghurst Gaol and in 1867, is recorded as
living one block from the jail.
One item of trivia - the jail records of the time show
that John must have grown 1¾ inches (4.5cm) from when he was 18 and
enlisting in the Army, to when he started work in the Prisons' Service,
which recorded his height as 5'7½"(171.5cm).
He was also described as being of fresh complexion, with brown hair
and grey eyes
Darlinghurst Gaol in Sydney, where John worked from 1864-1870 as a warder, and then again from 1884-1890 as a messenger. During this second period, his wife Ellen was a housekeeper at the jail.
An execution at Darlinghurst
Gaol, from The Bulletin, January
31, 1880. John would have
witnessed such scenes during his work there as a warder
Where John worked in the period 1870-1884 is not
known, but it may well have been still in the public service, as his
daughter Mary Ellen recorded her father's occupation on her marriage
certificate in 1880 as "government official".
It appears John resigned from the prison service in 1870, but rejoined as a messenger in 1884, when he was 60 years old. One month later, his wife Ellen started work at Darlinghurst Gaol herself, as a housekeeper. Both of them went on to work at the jail for another six years, retiring together at the end of 1890, before John's death in 1899.
Samuel’s baptism is recorded in the IGI at that time.
John's birthplace is noted on the birth certificate of his daughter
Sarah Margaret; on his own death certificate it is simply recorded as
 Details of John's Army career are given in War Office Records for the 99th regiment and 40th regiment, held at the Mitchell Library, Sydney.
John's occupation of "Government official" is listed on the
marriage certificate of his daughter Mary Ellen, and as "retired jail
warder" on his own death certificate.
Prison Services and Darlinghurst Gaol records held at the Archives
Office of New South Wales (AONSW 5/1780; 19/10554; 5/2183) show John was
employed from November 1864 as a warder, then as a messenger from August 6,
The death/death cause/burial information is taken from John's death
Archives Office of NSW 5/2183
 John and his family lived in 1867 at 226 Forbes Street (extracted from Sands Directory of Sydney, 1867)