|Prisoners transported on the Aurora
had been convicted in counties throughout England - Cambridge,
Essex, Lancaster, Surry, Suffolk, Norfolk, Shropshire and London.
Many, even the young boys, were held on the Hardy hulk at
Portsmouth to await transportation. They were transferred from the
hulk to the Aurora on 26th June.
departed Portsmouth on the 4th July 1833, came direct and arrived at
Port Jackson on Sunday 3 November 1833.
Three hundred male
prisoners arrived on the Aurora under the superintendence
of surgeon Alexander Stewart R.N. The men were mustered on board on
7th November 1833 where details such as age, education, religion,
family, native place, trade, offence, when and where tried, physical
description, sentence and prior convictions were recorded. There is
also occasional information in the indents about pardons and dates
of death and colonial crimes, but none about where the prisoners
were assigned on arrival.
The men were landed on Thursday
21st November 1833 and taken to Hyde Park Barracks where they were
assigned for service. Later in November the distribution of the
prisoners of the Aurora was published in the Australian....
Unfit for assignment...9
The four prisoners for Port Macquarie were placed on the
hulk prior to being sent. One of them was said to be the brother of
a well known Custom House agent who was extensively concerned with
Coster and others of swindling celebrity.
seventeen boys under the age of 16 on the Aurora. The
youngest included William Banghust 13; Thomas Westley 13; Jame Welsh
14; Henry pike 14; George High 14; Thomas Boulter 15; John Smeathman
15; and Henry Walker 15.
Some prisoners such as
Thomas Lane were assigned to the
Select here to find out more about prisoners of the Aurora
who were sent to the Hunter Valley district.
consisted of Major Delisle, Lieut. Greetham/Grantham, 1 soldier and
2 boys of the 4th regiment and 27 rank and file of the 21st
Fusiliers. Four females and four children together with a servant
also came steerage. Cabin Passengers included
Mrs. Delisle and
The troops went on shore on 6th August and
marched to Head Quarters preceded by the Highland Piper.
Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the
The Aurora and
the Lord Lyndoch were taken up by Government to convey the
63rd regiment stationed at Hobart to India.
Sydney on 8th December 1833
Notes & Links:
Stewart was also surgeon on the convict ships
America in 1829
and Southworth in 1830 (VDL).
2) One of the
prisoners who arrived on the Aurora was Thomas Homer. In 1841 he was committed for
trial for the murder of his overseer James Stone at New England. He
was taken to Sydney for trial and then to
Newcastle Gaol where he was
executed in 1842. His trial was reported in the Australasian
3) The Australian published the following cryptic
article on the 11th November which probably referred to Robert
Byers...By the Aurora, a certain commission agent, who cut a
very pretty figure in the witness box of the Supreme Court of this
Colony some two years since, has arrived. The rudiments of learning
that he had imbibed in this Colony were insufficient to protect him
against the law reforms at home, and he has therefore been sent out
to complete his education in the school where it was commenced.
Convict ships bringing detachments of the 21st regiment (Royal
Place of Departure
Command of the Guard
Daniels 21st regt.,
Pieter L. Campbell. 21st
Lonsdale & Armstrong 21st regt.,
and Wilson of 6th regt.,
|-- June 1833
Leahy. Headquarters of 21st
|4 June 1833
Ainslie 21st regt.,
|44 July 1833
|24 July 1833
|29 July 1833
McEdwin 1st or Queens Own regt.,
McKnight 21st regt.,
|28 March 1838
of 21st regt.,