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John Wellstead was born in Rye in 1820, the son of John Welsted, but John Snr died aged 30 and his widow married William Pullen in 1827. John Jnr enlisted in the army as Private Pullen, but once discharged and living in Albany, he reverted to his biological father's name. He was the pioneer of the Bremer Bay area. The small town of Wellstead is named for him.
Diane Oldman has provided all the information available about Pullen's army career, and the Albany historian Robert Stephens has written about him as Wellstead the pioneer settler.
WELLSTEAD, John, b. 13. 1.1820, d. 13.2.1896, arr. 25. 6.1840 per Runnymede as Pte in 51st Regt. m. 15.3.1849 (Albany) Ann Amy CRAWFORD b. 1826 d. 28.7.1907. dtr. of John (tinsmith of Aberdeen, Scotl). Chd. Mary Ann b. 1850 d. 1894, Elizabeth b. 1851 d. 1936, John b. 1854 d. 1922, Susan Rebecca b. 1856 d. 1933, Barbara Amelia b. 1857 d. 1868, Jane Christina b. 1857 d. 1906, Emma b. 1859, Eileen Matilda b. 1861 d. 1932, George Edward b. 1863 d. 1943, Robert Allan b. 1866 d. 1842, Roderick T. b. 1868 d. 1937, Margaret Laura b. 1871 d. 1910. Discharged at Albany 1845. Apptd. Asst. Warder at Convict Est. 11.1852. Contracted as carter & mail carrier 1850s. Took up pastoral leases Plantagenet & Kojonup districts as well as 40 acres Loc 335 Kent. Squatted on land at Bremer Bay where his family followed in 1860 to establish a pastoral station - access by sea to Albany, extending his leases & freehold land in 1875. Employed several T/L men on occasions 1863-1870.
WELLSTEAD, John. b. 6.1.1854 (Albany), d. 28.12.1922, son of John & Ann Amy (nee Crawford), m. 4. 9. 1881 (Albany C/E) Bridget MUIR b. 1864/5 d. 1961, dtr. of Robert & Mary (nee White). Chd. John b. 1885 d. 1976, Robert White b. 1887 d. 1962, Mary & George b. 1888, James Muir b. 1892 d. 1913, Edward Melville b. 1894. Frederick Kent b. 1896, Andrew b. 1897 d. 1963, Roderick b. 1899 d. 1973, Thomas b. 1899 d. 1899, Elizabeth Melville b. 1901, William b. 1903 d. 1968, Charles b. 1904. Farmer & pastorallst "Wattle Grove", Bremer Bay. C/E.
Dictionary of Western Australians.
Stephens, Robert, 'John Wellstead the Elder, pioneer settler at Bremer Bay', Early Days, vol. 6, part 6: 21-32.
Redcoat Settlers in Western Australia website, entry for Private John Pullen. Above information and image from that, thanks to Diane Oldman.
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