|The Guard for
the Eden was embarked at Deptford on 27 June 1840
The Eden then proceeded to Woolwich arriving on 30th June
where 150 convicts from the two hulks lying there were received on
board before the ship sailed to Sheerness on 1st July. 120 prisoners
were embarked from the hulks at Chatham on 3rd July, making a total
of 270 prisoners.
The Morning Advertiser
reported on the 12th July - On last Tuesday evening,
nineteen of the convicts, including the notorious
Gould, under sentence of transportation, now in the convict ship
Eden, at Sheerness, were found to have loosened their fetters
previous to making a desperate attempt to escape. A plank of the
bulk head, separating the convicts from the military guard, was also
found to have been started, so that it could be removed with very
little difficulty, and the aim of the convicts was doubtless to get
possession of the arms belonging to the soldiers. Gould is now
confined in a separate place of security; he is said to have
declared that, let them try what they like, they shall not take him
out of the country. Nine of the crew of the Eden having refused to
obey orders according to their articles have been sent to Maidstone.
The Eden departed Sheerness on 10th July 1840. On the 3rd
of August the ship left Santa Cruz after a stay of three days during
which time the water was completed and fresh provisions procured.
The N.E. Trade winds continued until near the Cape Verde Islands
after which rain set in for the rest of the month. They crossed the
Equator on the 31st August 1840.
George Ellery Forman kept a Medical Journal from 17 June to 30
November 1840. .......
The system of management of the
convicts differed little in that I had adopted on former
occasions.... ventilation and cleanliness forming the chief features
while the formation of cheerfulness and the affording of all
possible occupation to the convicts was practised as much as
circumstances would allow; the results were on the whole
satisfactory, though I think that more cases requiring medical
treatment occurred than I had previously met with; this remark more
particularly applied to the month of October during which period the
change of climate was sudden and the weather particularly
unfavourable to cleanliness, exercise and comfort in general. It was
under the last mentioned circumstances that symptoms of scurvy
manifested themselves in a light grade and but with a single
exception the disease gradually wore away as the weather improved.
The Eden arrived in Port Jackson on 18 November
1840 with 269 prisoners, one having died on the passage out. (Thomas
Marshall on 27 August 1840). Three convicts were sent to the
Hospital on arrival and there remained 266 of the original 270 to
disembark on 26th November. All were reported to be in an a sound
state of health.
The Sydney Monitor reported the
arrival - The Eden arrived from London and Sheerness on 11th
July with 270 male prisoners. Passengers - Captain Shadforth of H.M.
57th regiment, Lady and child. Ensign Pearce, 28 rank and file, 4
women and 8 children of H.M. 96th regiment. The Eden was the last
ship with convicts coming to this Colony. (1)
Convict ships bringing detachments of the 96th regiment to New South
Wales included the Barossa,
Notes & Links:
1). George Ellery Forman was
also employed as surgeon on the convict ships
in 1835, Platina in 1837 (VDL) and Pyramus in
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Eden in
3). James Crady
alias John Jones, 31, Native place Devonshire, shipwright.
Originally transported on the
in 1833. Escaped from the colony and re-transported on the
in 1834. Escape from the colony again and returned by the
1). The Monitor 19 November 1840