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Convict Ship City of Edinburgh 1828


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Embarked: 80 women
Voyage: 142 days
Deaths 0
Surgeon's Journal - Yes
Previous vessel: Albion arrived 3 November 1828
Next vessel: Eliza arrived 18 November 1828
Captain James Reddy Clendon
Surgeon Superintendent William Anderson

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The City of Edinburgh was the next convict ship to leave Ireland after the departure of the Mangles in February 1828. The City of Edinburgh departed Cork on 23rd June 1828 with 80 female prisoners, 12 free women and 36 children and arrived on 12th November 1828, a voyage of 142 days. One more person landed than embarked, a child being born on the passage out (Catherine Ahern gave birth to a child on 14th September).

Mrs. Sarah Clendon and child, wife of the Captain arrived as passengers.

William Anderson kept a Medical Journal from 14 June to 27 November 1828......

He remarked in his journal of the difficulties of mothers nursing babies. - There were six children at their mother's breasts during this voyage and these women appeared to suffer more from debility than the others their provisions being scanty and the children not having any allowance. I endeavoured to remedy this by allowing them some of the medical comforts in my charge.

The free children treated by surgeon Anderson included -

Edward and John Gilligan both aged 13;
Nicholas Gilligan aged 14;
Walter Birmingham aged 12;
Patrick Birmingham aged 9;
Betty Birmingham aged 8;
Bridget Lynch aged 12;
James Grady age 13;
Thomas Shanahan aged 12;
Ann McGuigan aged 14;
Ellen Grady aged 16.

As well as the free children there were some very young convict girls on the voyage -
Catherine Byrnes aged 16;
Honora Crotty aged 17;
Honora Harrington aged 16;
Mary McAndrew aged 16;
Abbey Murphy age 14;
Margaret O'Donnell aged 15.

The ship was kept clean by having the beds on deck every day and frequently opened to be aired. The Berths deck was well cleaned every day and kept as dry as the state of the weather would admit and swept up after every meal; the bed places were swept out every day and scrubbed twice a week; the lower bed berths being raised to clean the deck beneath them; the airing stove was frequently alight according to the state of the weather and the swinging stove almost every day in the Hospital or other parts of the deck where most required. The women had perfect liberty at all times to come on deck from eight o'clock in the morning to sunset and this no doubt had its effect in keeping them in good health their spirits becoming now buoyant and the depressing passions which strict confinement might have engendered avoided. When they were landed a fortnight after our arrival there was not a patient on the sick list.

Surgeon Anderson had to manage without the usual list of convicts. He expressed his frustration in correspondence to Colonial Secretary Macleay .......

Ship City of Edinburgh,
Sydney Cove
10th December 1828
In reply to your letter of the 8th inst., received this morning containing directions from His Excellency the Governor to me to transmit you the list of the convicts, who came out in this ship with their characters prior to embarkation, supposed to have been received by me agreeably to the directions of the Home Secretary of State I have to state to you for His Excellency's information that I am not in possession of any document of the kind. I applied personally to Doctor Trevor, the Gentleman who superintended their embarkation, who refused to furnish me with it; I have had much reason to regret this refusal, having been obliged to grope my way among them perfectly unacquainted with their previous characters and habits and even of the crimes of which they were convicted
. (Historical Records of Australia, Vol. XIV, p. 565)  

Notes and Links:

1). Convict Bridget Neill arrived on the City of Edinburgh

2). Free passengers arriving on the City of Edinburgh included:

Mary Birmingham,
Mary Ann Burnett,
Mary Elliott,
Bridget Gilligan,
Mary Grady,
Mary Hogan,
Mary Lynch,
Jane McGuigan,
Rose Murray,
Johanna O'Neil,
Catherine Shanaghan and
Mary White.
(State Records NSW shipping List)

3). The City of Edinburgh was one of three convict ships bringing female prisoners to New South Wales in 1828, the others being the
Elizabeth and the Competitor.. A total of 471 female convicts arrived in the colony in the year 1828.

1).   Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1828 - Florentia, Elizabeth, Marquis of Huntley, Hooghly, Morley, Asia, Mangles, Borodino, Phoenix, Bussorah Merchant, Countess of Harcourt, Competitor, Marquis of Hastings, Albion, City of Edinburgh, Eliza, Royal George

5). Convicts / passengers arriving on the City of Edinburgh in 1828

6). James Reddy Clendon - Early settler in New Zealand....The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

7). Female prisoners at the Factory at Parramatta 1828.....


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