Convict Ship Adrian 1830
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about Convict Ships arriving in New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van
Diemen's Land between the years 1788 and 1850
departed Portsmouth on 27th April 1830 with 168 male prisoners
under the Guard of Ensign Reynolds of 17th regiment with 29
non-commissioned officers and privates under command of A.M.
Robinson of 26th regiment.
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the 17th regiment.
Voyage 115 days
Surgeon's Journal - Yes
Crew: 29 men
Lady Feversham arrived 29 July
Marquis of Huntley arrived 21 August 1830
Captain William Sadler
George Hume Weatherhead
The Adrian arrived at
Portsmouth from the river (Thames) on Tuesday 6th April 1830.
The Guard were already on board and the prisoners were embarked
on the 7th and 8th April 1830.
Prisoners came from
counties throughout England. Quite a few had been tried at the
Old Bailey and imprisoned in Newgate before being sent to the
Hulks at Portsmouth. Those sent to the Hardy prison
Hulk from Newgate who were embarked on the Adrian on
7th April included Lawrence Martin, Edward Sampson, James
Browne, George Walker, Joseph Thomas, John Harris, John Jacobs,
George Kirby and Richard England.
On 30th May, Mrs Smith wife of
Sergeant Smith of the Guard gave birth to her first child, a
daughter. Although there was the complication of the cord being
wrapped around the baby's neck, both mother and baby survived.
Dr. Weatherhead vaccinated the child in July 1830.
George H. Weatherhead kept Medical Journal from 31st March to
20th August 1830 - In the Surgeon's general remarks he noted
that the number of convicts received from the hulks at
Portsmouth and embarked on board of the Adrian was 168,
and their general condition, and appearance, was
unobjectionable. The occurrences on board during the voyage
were so unimportant as not to afford occasions for remark. Only
two cases of any consequence happened: a case of midwifery,
somewhat tedious in its accomplishment, and that of John Barker,
who was nearly dying from inanition.
The Adrian arrived in Port
Jackson on Friday 20 August 1830, a direct passage of 115 days.
By the 1820s and 30's the convict indents often included
quite a lot of information about each prisoner. The Indent of
the Adrian includes each of the convicts' name, age,
education, marital state, religion, native place, trade or
calling, offence where and when tried, sentence, prior
convictions, physical description, how disposed of (assignment)
and occasional colonial notes such as ticket of leave numbers
date of death or colonial sentences.
The Sydney Gazette reported:
The prisoners by the Adrian were landed on Monday, and
those by the
Marquis of Huntley on Thursday, making in
all a total of three hundred and ninety five. They are mostly
fine powerful men, and will prove an acquisition to our up
country friends, having a considerable portion of
agriculturalists in their number.
after the men were landed they were confronted with a stark
reminder of the consequences of taking to the bush when
notorious bushranger 'Bold Jack
Donohoe' was shot and killed by the Mounted Police near
Campbelltown. This did little to deter
David Pegg who soon after arrival had been assigned far up
the Hunter Valley to the vicinity of Pages River. Before many
months had passed he joined other absconders Richard Anscomb and
Thomas Thompson to rob the house of
William H. Warland. He had only been in the colony a little
over twelve months when he died a gruesome death on the gallows
Notes & Links:
1). Fifty-five prisoners arriving on the
Adrian have been identified in the Hunter region in the
following two decades.
HERE to find out more about Hunter Valley convicts and
passengers of the Adrian
of Convicts of the Adrian assigned between 1st January
1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832).....
||Carpenter and joiner assigned
to Potter Macqueen at Segenoe
||Plasterer and labourer assigned
to J.L. McGillivray at Cook's River
||Plasterer and labourer assigned
to George McLeay at Brownlow Hill
||Ploughman assigned to
at Williams River
||Jeweller assigned to John
Dawson in Sydney
||Carman assigned to Cornelius
Prout in Sydney
||Shoemaker assigned to Andrew
Brown at Bathurst
4). Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 17th regiment........
UK Royal Navy Medical Journals 1817 -