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Convict and Colonial History

Arthur Wellesley Wellington Babington R. N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 5 July 1841

Arthur Wellesley Wellington Babington was born in Ireland c. 1818, the son of Thomas Babington. He married Mary Lloyd at Holy Trinity Cork on 13 November 1851.


Qualifications M.R.C.S. Eng. 1839; L.A.H. Dublin 1840 [1]

Staff Surgeon

He was appointed Staff Surgeon, Royal Navy on 03 July 1841.[2]

China Medal

He was on the list of seamen and marines entitled to the China Medal for H.M. Barracouta 1856 - 1860. [3]

Deputy Inspector-General

Arthur Babington was appointed Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals and Fleets on 21 August 1857 [4]

Naval Appointment

He was appointed to H.M.S. Cadmus in 1860[5]

Surgeon Superintendent Convict Ship

In 1862 he was employed as Surgeon-Superintendent to the convict ship York [6]. The York departed Portsmouth in September 1862 and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 31 December 1862.

Naval Appointments

In 1865 he was appointed to H.M.S. Hawke. In 1870 he was Staff Surgeon appointed to H.M.S. Britannia -[7]

1871 Census

The 1871 Census records him residing at Dartmouth with his wife Mary, daughters Mary age 17 and Albinia age 11 and son Percival age 5.


Arthur Wellesley Wellington Babington died at Midland Road Bedford on 12 April 1877, his former address being Clissold road Stoke Newington, Co. Middlesex. [8]

Notes and Links

1). The Navy List


[1] The Medical Directory for Ireland 1860 (Ancestry)

[2] National Archives

[3] UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls

[4] National Archives

[5] The Medical Directory for Ireland 1860 (Ancestry)

[6] Colburn's United Service Magazine and Naval and Military Journal, Volume 18

[7] The London and Provincial Medical Directory

[8] England and Wales, National Probate Calendar -Index of Wills and Administrations