Sapper John Meade volunteered for
Service in British Columbia and traveled with the Columbia Detachment
on board the Thames City.
|As a Lance
Corporal Meade's Regimental
Pay per Diem would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.
It should be noted: He was listed as Sapper in June 1861 Pay
List. Rank of Lance Corporal does not exist in 1861.
As a Sapper Meade's
Regimental Pay per Diem
would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s.
Meade took up the challenge, made by
Captain Luard, to have amateur theatricals on board - and did so, in
Theatre Royal, "Thames City"
The manager of the above Theatre has the honor to
announce to the inhabitants of this "City" that he has, with
considerable difficulty and immense expense, succeeded in securing the
valuable services of the following histrionic artists, viz:
Charles Sinnett, Charles Derham, James Turnbull,
George Eaton, Henry J. Benney, James H. Elliot, John Meade, William A.
Franklin, James Digby, James B Launders
The Theatre has undergone considerable
alterations, and every attention has been paid to the comfort and
convenience of the audience. The Scenery, Dresses and Properties are
entirely new, and of a first class description. On Wednesday, the 24th
inst., will be produced for the first time at this Theatre that
laughable and interesting Farce by G. Almar, entitled,
"CROSSING THE LINE"
or "Crowded House"
"Wouverman Von Broom", (A Boat Builder), C.
"Wouter Von Broom", (A Pilot), C. Sinnett
"Bluffenburg", (A Workman), G. Eaton
"Caukenburg", (A Sailor), J.H. Elliot
"Von Brent", (A Lawyer), J. Turnbull
"Estelle de Burgh", (Ward of Wouverman), H.J.Benney
"Pomona Vondertviller", (An Oyster Girl), J. Meade
Leader of Orchestra - William Haynes
During the evening several Songs and Dances will
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., performance to commence at 7 o'clock
Alfred R. Howse, Manager.
--20th November, 1858
From The Emigrant
Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle.
"...It must be obvious to our readers that on
board ship, where there is not even a "Hairdresser's or a "Milliner
and Corset maker's" shop, considerable obstacles must necessarily
exist in the way of stage management. If therefore the oysters
"Pomona" carries on her back should not be genuine "natives", or if
"Estelle's" crinoline should happen to be elliptical instead of
circular, or even her petticoats rather short, let us not be too
critical, as after all she is probably just as nice a girl as ever in
spite of her crinoline."
--20th November, 1858
From The Emigrant Soldier's
Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle.
This performance was
postponed for one week due to the death on board of Serjeant
Bridgman's only son.
"...It is our glory pride as
Englishmen on all occasions to place the fair sex foremost, and
we accordingly commence by noticing the two bright stars who
have just risen in the theatrical firmament, Miss Bridget Meade,
and Miss Mary Benney, both of whom, by their quiet ease and
elegance on the stage, and by the propriety of their diction,
gave great promise of future excellence. Their acting was
admirable throughout, and the young ladies were dressed for
their parts in perfect good taste. We cannot more especially
help noticing the rich bands of their beautiful and luxuriant
hair, clustered gracefully around their blooming cheeks, and we
trust these fair damsels will long continue to delight a crowded
audience as on the night of their last performance. Charms like
theirs cannot fail to attract admirers and we venture to predict
that many a heart-ache is in store for the young nobility and
gentry amongst the play-goers of the rising generation in these
From The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape
A week later an
advertisement appeared in the Gazette on board.
The Manager, having
succeeded in securing the addition to his Company of the services of
those distinguished artistes, "Herr Wolfenden" and "Miss Matilda
Hazel", has the pleasure to announce to the public that, on Wednesday
evening the 8th inst., will be presented the farce in one Act by John
Maddison Morton, entitled,
"A THUMPING LEGACY"
(An Innkeeper), Charles Derham
"Jerry Ominous", (His Nephew), Charles Sinnett
"Bambogetti", James B. Launders
"Leoni", James Turnbull
"Brigadier of Carabineers", Richard Wolfenden
"First Carabineer", John Meade
"Second Carabinier", George Eaton
"Rosetta", (daughter of Filippo), Miss Matilda Hazel
Leader of the
Orchestra - William Haynes
Comic, and other
Songs will be introduced during the evening.
Reserved seats for ladies only.
Alfred R. Howse,
From The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle.
3 more plays were
performed by the Detachment Amateurs of the "Theatre Royal" before
Meade again appears on the playbill and Meade again returns to drag.
Next week will be
presented that highly interesting and laughable Farce, in one Act, by
John M. Morton, entitled,
"DONE BOTH SIDES!"
"Mr. John Brownjohn", Charles Sinnett
"Mr. Pygmalian Phibbs", James Turnbull
"Mrs. Wiffles", John Meade
"Lydia", Richard Wolfenden
Doors open at 6
o'clock, performance to commence at 6:30 precisely.
--5th March, 1859
From The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle.
As the 6 month Voyage
comes to an end, the Theatre Royal puts on one last play and Meade is
a player...naturally in drag.
The Manager of the
above theatre as the honor to announce to the nobility, gentry and
public of this "City", that he has in rehearsal the popular Comic
Drama, in two Acts, by John Maddison Morton, entitled,
OUR WIFE, OR THE
ROSE OF AMIENS
Which will be played
on Monday evening, the 4th inst., forming the close of the Theatrical
season in this "City".
"Marquis de Ligny"
(Captain of King's Musketeers), J. Turnbull
"Count de Brissac", (His Friend), C. Sinnett
"Pomaret", A.R. Howse
"Dumont", L.M. Hughes
"First Officer", J. Digby
"Second Officer", G. Eaton
"Messenger", H. Yates
"Rosine" (Pomaret's daughter), R. Wolfenden
"Mariette" (Her Cousin), J. Meade
Amiens: Period - 1634.
From The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn
Meade landed with the
Columbia Detachment on the 12th of April 1859.
The Detachment served not
only as military and Civil Engineers but would also bear a hand in Police
activities. Meade appears to have had to play constable once in 1859.
Indian, suspected of the murder of an old Irishman, escaped from
his sapper guard to flee for his life, his pursuers firing upon
him with their revolvers as he ran.
One man, an Indian, named Tsilpeyman, known to be a bad character,
hated and feared by his tribe, and suspected by them of having
been implicated in the murder, was given up by a party of the
Musquioms across the river into our hands. He was kept
somewhat loosely guarded at the Camp, a young sapper named Meade
being specially told off to watch him. During the afternoon
he managed to divest himself of his clothing and sat with only a
blanket wrapped round him.
the evening he watched his opportunity and darted away from his
guard. They were armed with revolvers, and rushed after him
firing. But the revolvers had been loaded for some time and
hung fire. Young Meade had sprung towards him as he started
off; but the Indian cleverly threw his blanket over Meade, and
sped away down the bank towards the river. It was then quite
dark, and for some time eager search was made with lanterns in the
water, and out of the water among the stores and sheds.
was going my rounds at the time, visiting families of the sappers,
and wondered what the shouting and firing could mean. The
poor fellow had indeed leapt into the river, which was rushing
along filled with floes of ice at about freezing temperature, to
swim for his life.
Serjeant, Jock M'Clure, a knowing, cool-headed Scotchman, guessing
what had happened, and knowing that there was a spit of sand some
few hundreds of yards lower down the river round which the tide
would be sweeping - for he was one of those men who notice
everything - quietly ran down to the spit and waited for what he
believed would come to pass. It was pitch dark, and he could
see nothing except the waters rushing swiftly by. Listening,
however, intently, he heard a sound which he knew, a choking sound
and a faint cry, and then all was still.
The Indian was heard of no more, and after a little while his
tribe recognized the fact he was dead. His kloochman wept
for him, and his blankets were given away.
--From the Journals of
According to Frances
Woodward, Meade pre-empted
Lot 183, New
Westminster District, 160 acres, Feb 8 1861. Later granted to
Hailstone, Brighouse, and Morton, now west end of Vancouver.