Marriage: Mary Jane MITCHELL on 13 May 1873 in Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand
Died: 21 Apr 1900, Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand at age 76
Robert East joined the 65th Regiment ( Private 2493), known as the "Royal Tigers" and to the Maori as the "Hicketty Pips". The 65th sailed to New South Wales from Woolwich, England on the vessel "Java" on May 18th 1846, with Headquarters and 513 other ranks. The "Java took 138 days sailing via Hobart then to Sydney where it arrived on Oct 14th 1846. It then sailed to Kororareka in the Bay of Islands arriving on Nov 19th and then on to Auckland arriving Nov 27th 1846, Detachments were stationed in Auckland. Some were sent on the vessel "Driver" to Wellington arriving on Dec 15th 1846. By 1847 the whole Regiment had been moved to Wellington, a detachment of which took part in a skirmish at Horokiri. Companies of the 65th relieved the garrison of the 58th Regiment in Wanganui and took part in the fighting there. He was discharged on the 24/04/1864. He was given a portion of land at Pukekohe, which he farmed.
Robert married Mary Jane MITCHELL on 13 May 1873 in Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand. (Mary Jane MITCHELL was born in 1828 and died in 1926.)