Sapper

James Wood

As a Sapper Wood's Regimental Pay per Diem would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.

Sapper Wood volunteered for service with the Columbia Detachment and sailed with the main body of RE on board the Thames City.

"There was little more of interest, but much more of the monotony, which began to pall upon the "Citizens". They had their weekly readings, their weekly theatricals, their daily music, when the weather permitted; but the women grew querulous and got along less amicably together, the children were more troublesome, and Sapper Woods, who sat patiently and carved dolls and horses of wondrous symmetry out of stray pieces of wood, found them less easy to please."

--Pg. 24, from "The Pathless West", Frances Herring.

Sapper Wood remained in the Colony after the Detachment was disbanded in November of 1863.

According to Frances Woodward, Wood pre-empted 160 acres near Big Bar Creek, Lillooet District, July 29, 1865, and applied for several more lots in the same area, but most were Crown-granted  later to Eliza Jane Carson.

  He was farming at Big Bar from  1876 to 1887.