Part IV – Chelsea Pensioners

The Emigrant’s Guide to New South Wales, Van Dieman’s Land, Lower Canada, Upper Canada, and New Brunswick; Containing an Enumeration of the Advantages Which Each Colony Offers; With The Regulations Adopted by His Majesty’s Government, to Facilitate Male and Female Emigration; The Price of Passage, Certainty of Permanent Employment, and Rates of Wages; List of Tradesmen and Mechanics most Wanted, and the Amount of Pecuniary Assistance Offered to Married Men and Single Females, Towards Defraying the Expense of Their Passage…


The Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital are authorized under the Act 1, William iv. chap. 4, sect. 2, to commute the annual Out-Pensions of any non-commissioned Officer or Soldier desirous of living out of Great Britain and Ireland, for a sum of money not exceeding in amount four years 5 pension. The acceptance of this commutation is declared to be a release and abandonment of all claims to any future or other payment of pension whatsoever. 

The Colonies to which such Pensioners will be able to emigrate under certain regulations are : — 

In North America: —

Upper and Lower Canada
Nova Scotia *
New Brunswick
Prince Edward’s Island *

In Australia: —

New South Wales
Van Diemen’s Land

* Vide page 30 for official information respecting these Colonies.  It will be seen that they are not considered capable of affording ample employment to the emigrant. 

The recommendation of the Secretary at War being necessary to effect this object, the Pensioner should in the first place address a letter to the Right Honorable the Secretary at War, War Office, London, requesting to be furnished with a copy of the official memorandum framed for the information of Out-Pensioners desirous of commuting their Pensions with a view to their becoming settlers in the British Colonies. Certificates as to general character, and the state of his health being required, application should also be made for a copy of the printed paper containing the proper form of those documents. 

It should however be distinctly understood, that before the Pensioner will be permitted to deprive himself of the permanent provision which he now enjoys, he must shew that he is a fit subject for emigration, and that he has a fair prospect of maintaining himself, or of being maintained in the Colony to which he proposes to go.

Source: The Emigrant’s Guide to New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land 1832,  Publisher London: Printed & published by W. Pearson: Sold by John Richardson; Simpkin & Marshall; Hatchar & Son; F. B. Spiller; Norie; Tilt; Hearne; Egerton, and by all other Booksellers in town and country, Digitised by Boston Public Library

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