|In January 1831
the Sydney Gazette reported:
'We are happy to inform our
readers that the Caroline, a fine vessel of 350 tons has been
purchased at Calcutta by Mr Betts, for the express purpose of coming
with a full cargo of goods and passengers to Hobart Town, and to be
enrolled as a vessel belonging to the port, in order to be devoted
exclusively to the sperm whale fishery. '
Caroline arrived from Madras and Calcutta on 31st July 1831 the
same day as the
Palambam with female convicts from Ireland.
The Caroline brought general merchandise and 21 Oriental
transgressors (male convicts) under charge of Captain Betts and 10 Sepoy soldiers.
Passengers included Captain and Mrs.
Betts, 3 children and 1 servant; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Betts, 2 children
and servants, Colonel Parker, two Misses Parker, Capt. Weston and
Mrs. Weston and children, Dr. and Mrs. Kenny, Mr. Still, Mr Grey,
Captain Swanson, Capt. Maxwell, Lieut. Onslow,
Mr. and Mrs. Flood,
Sergeant Major Dobson wife and 4 children.
Gazette reported that the military gentlemen who arrived on the
Caroline came for the benefit of their health.......
trust they will be so charmed with our salubrious climate and
cheering prospects, as not only to cast in their own lot with us,
but to recommend their Indian brethren to choose Australia as their
Notes & Links:
who arrived on the Caroline was convicted of
bushranging in 1835 at Invermein
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Caroline in 1831