I grew up in New Zealand and remember discovering the Indian origins of quite a few place
names there. Rootsweb hosts a site India to New Zealand which has information about people
with Indian Army connections who settled in New Zealand in the second part of the 19th
My interest in things relating to the Indian Army stems from my discovery that my great
great-grandfather’s brother Christopher Dowdall served in India.
The first reference that I found relating to him was an Entry from Bombay Soldiers Records
He signed up for 10 years service in Dublin on 14 August 1854 with the rank Private in
the 2nd European Light Infantry . He travelled to India on the ship York. His Regimental
Number was 2249.
I have not been able to find anything about his time in India.
Then next information that I discovered about him was the fact that he enrolled 10 years
later at Melbourne, Australia with the Melbourne Contingent of Taranaki Military Settlers
on 18 January 1864.
Would anybody be able suggest where I might look to find out how and when he got from
India to Australia after he had finished his period of service in India?