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Convict Ship Dunvegan Castle 1832 


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Embarked 200 men
Voyage 107 days
Deaths - 0
Surgeon's Journal: yes
 Tons 446 Crew: 34 men
Previous vessel: Hercules 16 October 1832
Next vessel: Parmelia 16 November 1832
Captain John Duff.
Surgeon Superintendent Patrick McTernan
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The Dunvegan Castle was built at Chittagong in 1819. Convicts were transported to New South Wales on the Dunvegan Castle in 1830 and this voyage in 1832.

The men to be embarked on the Dunvegan Castle in 1832 were transferred from various county and city gaols to the Essex hulk at Dublin to await transportation.

The journey was horrific for the prisoners and hazardous for their gaolers as the correspondence below shows:

Three men - Patrick Butler, Patrick Byrne and William Bennett were all convicted of fire arms and assault charges on 27th March 1832 in Queens County and may have been among the prisoners mentioned in the above correspondence. There were also several more who were Whiteboys convicted of firearms offences.

In May 1832 after complaints were made to the Inspectors-General of prisons as to the state in which prisoners were transmitted from the county gaols to the hulks, new orders were issued regarding their transfer. It was expected that they would be free of disease and fit to embark and that they would be clean, adequately clothed with their hair cut close.  There would be no transfers on Sundays, no spirits or tobacco would be allowed on the road and knives and other dangerous articles were taken from them. They were to be strictly watched as to their behaviour at the various gaols and stopovers on the journey.  

The Dunvegan Castle departed London for Dublin on 24 May 1832. In Dublin on 30th June two hundred male prisoners from throughout Ireland were embarked on the Dunvegan Castle from the Essex hulk.  Their crimes ranged from various forms of stealing and robbery to assault and murder.

There were some very young boys on this voyage; James Murphy and Thomas Norton were only 11 years of age. Another two were 12 years old; seven were 13 years old; seven were 14 years old; eight were 15 years old; nine were 16 years old; and six were 17 years of age. Also on board was twelve year old Thomas Pike a soldier's boy who was treated by the surgeon in July.  

The Dunvegan Castle departed Dublin on 1st July 1832.  

Patrick McTernan kept a Medical Journal from 22 May 1832 to 24 June 1833. He began treating prisoners while the vessel still lay in Kingstown Harbour. In the following months he treated them for ailments such as catarrh, constipation, nausea and diarrhoea. There was an outbreak of mouth ulcers and also in July an outbreak of impetigo.  

The Guard consisted of 31 rank and file of the 4th regiment, accompanied by 5 women and 7 children under orders of Lieutenant Thomas Faunce of the 4th Regiment.  Cabin passengers included Paymaster Kensapp of the 4th regiment with his family - Mrs. Kensapp, Miss Kensapp, Miss Julia Kensapp and Mr. Edward Kensapp. Members of the guard included Sergeant Pike and his family, Sergeant Scott and family and Private William Aulchin. Sergeant Scott's wife miscarried during the voyage and was cared for by the surgeon for several days. Private Thomas Cutts was treated by the surgeon in July.   Select here to find Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 4th regiment.

The Dunvegan Castle arrived in Port Jackson on 16 October 1832 a voyage of 107 days. A Muster was held on board by the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay on 28th October 1832. The convict indents include name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native place, trade, offence, where and when tried, sentence, former convictions, physical description and occasional information such as colonial crimes, deaths and pardons.  

About fifty three men who arrived on the Dunvegan Castle have so far been identified residing in the Hunter Valley region in the following years. Some of them were assigned to work for the Australian Agricultural Company and may have been sent to Newcastle to work in the newly acquired Coal Mines or perhaps to one of the company sheep stations in the wild untamed northern regions of the colony. Select HERE to find out more about Dunvegan Castle convicts sent to the Hunter region.  

Patrick McTernan was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Mariner in 1827, Manlius to Van Diemen's Land in 1828 and the Katherine Stewart Forbes in 1830.  

Notes and Links:  

1). Two of the prisoners on the Dunvegan Castle were John Lynch age 40 and his son John aged 19. The son became a notorious character and was hanged in Berrima in 1842.

His crimes were recorded in the Reminiscences of thirty years residence in New South Wales by Judge Sir Roger Therry.

Click on the text on the right to find out more about John Lynch......

2). Henry Smith who had been a merchant's clerk in Dublin and was employed as a clerk by the Superintendent of Convicts in Sydney became a bushranger after absconding from the Phoenix Hulk in 1834. He was shot and killed by constables and his accomplices were hanged.  

3). Queens County - Maryborough Special Commission....The following sentences were pronounced:
William Doody, William Fennell, Michael Banon and Thomas Humphreys, taking arms - transportation for seven years. Andrew McDonnell and Andrew McEvoy, taking arms - transportation for life
Thomas Delany, Bartholomew Malone and James Delghan, assaulting a dwelling house - transportation for seven years.. James Dowling - assaulting the dwelling house of William Jacob - death recorded
William Brennan and Hugh Slattery, same offence - transportation for life
John Dunne, William Dunne and Patrick Keenan burglary - death, day not recorded
James Dowling - death recorded - (Connaught Telegraph 13 June 1832)

4). Convict Ships bringing Political Prisoners

5).  Lieutenant Thomas Faunce was a brother of Alured Tasker Faunce.

6).  Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 4th (King's Own) Regiment.....

Date/Place of Departure Convict Ship Officer  of the Guard
29 April 1831 Cork Jane Captain George Mason
17 July 1831 Portsmouth Surry Captain Waldron 38th regt.,
6 August 1831 Cork Asia Captain Richard Chetwode
15 October 1831 Norfolk Lieut. David William Lardy 4th regt.,
5 November 1831 Dublin Captain Cook Lieut. Gibbons 49th regt.,
27 November 1831 Portsmouth Portland  
27 November 1831 Cork Isabella Captain William Clarke 4th regt.,
14 December 1831 Dublin Bussorah Merchant Lieut. William Lonsdale 4th regt.,
7 February 1832 Downs John Lieut. George Baldwin 31st regt.,
15 March 1832 Portsmouth Lady Harewood Lieut. Lowth 38th regt.,
18 March 1832 Cork City of Edinburgh Lieut. Bayliss
9 May 1832 Portsmouth Clyde Lieut-Colonel Mackenzie
10 May 1832 Cork Eliza II Lieut. Hewson
16 June 1832 Portsmouth Planter Lieuts. Bullin & Irvine 38th regt.,
19 June 1832 Downs Hercules Lieut. Thomas Gibson 4th regt.,
1 July 1832 Dublin Dunvegan Castle Lieut. Thomas Faunce 4th regt.,
28 July 1832 Sheerness Parmelia Captain Young 38th regt.,
12 March 1833 Sheerness Waterloo Captain Mondilhan 54th regt.,

7). New orders regarding the transfer of prisoners from Irish county gaols to the hulks


8). Selection of Reports and Papers of the House of Commons: State of ..., Volume 9


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