|The Asia was built at Aberdeen in
1819. Convicts were transported to New South Wales on the Asia
1832 and 1833.
Thomas Galloway kept a Journal from December 1832 to 19 July 1833.
It begins on 14th December 1832, two months before the Asia
The prisoners, who had been in the hulks, were
starving. They brought with them from the Justitia hulk
little bundles of bread, butter and sugar which some of them ate
immediately they received it. On the morning of their embarkation
they had been washed in cold water and subsequently stood for some
hours in an open shed in
Woolwich Warren, until the remainder of
them had completed their ablutions and were inspected. There had
been incessant rain and the Asia was in an extremely damp
state in the prison area and under the poop deck. At first the
surgeon considered these to be the causes of the first signs of
illness, however on arrival at Sheerness when a patient who had been
convalescing for three days suffered a relapse, followed by other
cases of cholera the same evening he became convinced of it being an
epidemic and instantly adopted every measure in his power to arrest
its progress. Two stoves were supplied from the dockyard and they
were kept constantly burning in an attempt to dry the prisons but
without success as the ship was too large and needed more stoves.
Surgeon Thomas Galloway later recommended that for ships over 500
tons, no less than six stoves and coke to burn were needed when
vessels were departing between February to the end of July.
The Asia departed on 21st February 1833.
Several prisoners lost their lives on the passage, one of them
from a carbuncle. Of the old men who died towards the close of the
voyage, the surgeon reported that two of them Wanstall and Edgoose
were so feeble on embarkation as to require assistance to and from
deck even in fine weather.
A number of the prisoners were
boys and a separate prison area was established for them on board.
Many left families behind who would not hear of their fate for many
years. Fifteen prisoners were under the age of 16. The youngest were
William Brown (15); John Jauncey (15); Charles Richard Rogers (15);
John Rowley (14); Frederick Thompson (14); John Tree (14) and Robert
Robert Kidd from Edinburgh was sixteen years
old when he was convicted of picking pockets. He left behind a
grieving mother who was still trying to find his whereabouts many
years later. She wrote a letter of enquiry which is included in the
convict indent files.......
|To Mr. Thomas Byn,
I am sorow for troubling butt I will take it very
kind if you will give me any information of Robertt Scoott
Kid who left Edinburgh in 1832 he sailed in the easey. as I
am his Mother I have very much thought aboutt him bean so
long absent I would like very much to know whether he is
dead or alive there is a person come home just know one
Richard Shaw who gave me your address and he says the last
time he herd of him he was with one Mr. Thomas Arkell,
Bathurst by Sydney New South Wales. Sir I will be
exceedingly oblige to you if you will write me an answer by
return of post. No more at presentt butt Remain Your
A Note over
page gives the following information - Robert Kidd per ship
Asia absconded from the service of Mr. John Hoskin on 27
December 1830 and is still at large. Answered 10 January
Two hundred and twenty five male prisoners arrived in Port
Jackson on 27 June 1833 after a voyage of 126 days. The convicts
remained on board for twenty one days until arrangements were made
for their final distribution.
They were landed on Monday
15th July 1833.
The guard consisted of 29 rank and file of
the 21st Fusiliers Regiment accompanied by 8 women and 8 children,
under the orders of Lieuts. Kelly and Wilson of the 6th regiment.
They were embarked on the Funchal bound for Hobart to join
their regiment there.
Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the
Notes & Links:
1). Thomas Galloway was also surgeon on the
Porcher in 1835 and the
Susan in 1836.
2). Two prisoners of the Asia - John
Jenkins and Thomas Tattersdale were executed in Sydney on 10
November 1834 for the
murder of Dr. Wardell.
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Asia in 1833
Convict ships bringing detachments of the 21st regiment (Royal
Place of Departure
Command of the Guard
Daniels 21st regt.,
Pieter L. Campbell. 21st
Fairweather 21st regt.,
Lonsdale & Armstrong 21st regt.,
and Wilson of 6th regt.,
|14 May 1833
|-- June 1833
Leahy. Headquarters of 21st
|4 June 1833
Ainslie 21st regt.,
|5 June 1833
Armstrong 21st regt.,
|4 July 1833
|24 July 1833
|29 July 1833
McEdwin 1st or Queens Own regt.,
McKnight 21st regt.,
|28 March 1838
of 21st regt.,