Embarked 300 men
Voyage 154 days
Surgeon's Journal - No
Dromedary arrived 28 January 1820
Janus arrived 3
Master James Downie
This vessel was built in
Calcutta in 1798 as the East Indiaman Cuvera
and was purchased by the Royal Navy in 1804 and
renamed the Malabar.
re-named the Coromandel and was then used
as a convict ship on this voyage.
Coromandel was the next convict ship to leave
England for New South Wales after the departure of
Dromedary in September 1819.
300 convicts were embarked on the Coromandel
in November 1819. They came from district throughout
England. There were also several who had been
Henry Norman Geaves a mariner from Devon who
was court-martialled at Newfoundland on 18
May 1819 and sentenced to transportation for
William Weir who was tried on
10 and 11th May 1819 at Hallifax, Novia
Scotia and sentenced to transportation for
George Taylor who was
court-martialled at Portsmouth 3 May 1819
and sentenced to 7 years transportation
Neil McLean from Glasgow who was
Court-martialled at Barbados on 18 March
1819 and sentenced to life.
In November 1819 the Coromandel sailed out of the
Harbour to Spithead. She was expected to sail
for Australia a few days afterwards. The Guard
consisted of a Detachment of the 46th and 84th
Regiments under the Command of Captain Bernard of
the 84th and Lieutenant Raines in Command of the
Other detachments of the 46th arrived
Detachments of the 84th arrived on the
The Coromandel touched at Rio de Janeiro on the
passage and arrived at the Derwent where she
disembarked one hundred and fifty prisoners before
departing there on 25th March for Port Jackson where
she arrived on 5th April, 1820.
prisoners were disembarked on 10th April 1820 and 57
were sent by water to Parramatta for distribution.
These men were assigned as follows:
Homan, William Whitcomb and Henry N. Greaves were
assigned to H. McArthur Esq
William Cox was
assigned to Mr Oakes at the
Factory and John Fielding was assigned to work
as a weaver at the Female Factory.
and James Francis for assignment as stockmen for the
Rooty Hill station.
William Churchurst was assigned to Lieutenant
and John Keene were assigned to John Thomas Campbell
for Shankomore (Mr. Campbell's farm at Bringelly)
Thomas Bradly and Charles Welsh were
assigned to Thomas Moore Esq., at Liverpool
Thomas Alabaster to William Broughton Esq., at Appin
James Rawlings, John Clarke, John Ridgell and James
Woofenden were assigned to James Meehan
TThomas Owens, Clerk was assigned to
James Mileham and the remaining prisoners were for
general distribution in the Windsor district.
The Coromandel on leaving New South
Wales then sailed to New Zealand to take in spars.
She arrived back in Sydney in June 1821 with a cargo
of valuable spars for His Majesty's dock yards which
had been procured in the River Thames, NZ.
Captain Downie assisted the Rev. Marsden to cause
reconciliation between hostile tribes in 1821/1822.
Read more at the Missionary Register
Coromandel was later employed as a stationary
convict vessel at Bermuda.
2). James Obrey who arrived on the
Coromandel was sent to Newcastle penal
settlement in 1821. He was one of eleven pirates who
seized the cutter Eclipse from the harbour in 1825.
Find out more about their daring escape at
Convict James Rawlings was later assigned to
John Laurio Platt;
James Wright was assigned to
Henry Phillips to the
Australian Agricultural Company and John Burgess
to Henry Dumaresq.
4). Almost twenty years after arrival in the
colony Samuel Shepherd was arrested as a bushranger
after being at large for several years at the Big
River. He was sentenced to 12 months in an iron
5). William Douglas was still in
trouble more than twenty years after arrival. He was
one of the convicts concerned in
Wellington near Norfolk Island in 1827
6). Convict Patrick McKone was sentenced to 100
lashes and 12 months in the gaol gang the day after
landing in Hobart having been found guilty of
stealing wearing apparel belonging to Joseph Johnson
a Private of the 46th Regiment, one of the Guard in
the same vessel.
Henry Usher was sentenced to transportation to
Newcastle penal settlement in 1822. He remained in
Newcastle for the rest of his life, and
established a successful store in Bolton Street
Newcastle. He died in 1863 -" We have to record the
death of Mr. Henry Usher, an old inhabitant of this
city. The deceased died possessed of considerable
property, and some of our citizens whom he
remembered among his friends have reason to feel
thankful for the generosity evinced towards them.
The Newcastle Hospital was not forgotten, £800
having been left towards erecting a new building;
£600 has likewise been left, invested in the hands
of trustees, towards improving and enlarging Christ
Church." (Newcastle Chronicle). Henry Usher was
buried in the Christ Church Burial Grounds.
Convict John Brooks may have been troublesome on the
voyage out. On disembarking on 10th April, he was
sentenced by Governor Macquarie to one year
transportation to the
Settlement. He was embarked on the to the
Elizabeth Henrietta on 26th April 1820 and on
arrival was sent to the notorious
limburners camp to
work. In August 1820 he was punished with 75 lashes
for refusing to work and encouraging others to do
the same; and in October of the same year he
received 25 lashes for absconding from work and
making away with slop clothing
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the
Coromandel in 1820