|Embarked 200 men
Voyage 150 days
Surgeon's Journal: No
arrived 24 February 1817
Bensley 10 March 1817
Master Henry Dale
The Fame was built in
Quebec in 1812.
Prisoners to be embarked on the
Fame came from different counties and cities in
England. After being transferred from county prisons they
were held in prison hulks, including the Leviathan
and Perseus to await transportation.
Caledonian Mercury reported on Saturday 28th
September 1816 that on the previous Wednesday 135 convicts
were embarked at Portsmouth for New South Wales on the
Fame and the next day 116 were sent to the Sir
William Bensley for the same colony.
Both ships were expected to sail immediately and
planned to touch at the Cape of Good Hope on the way.
The Fame was
the next convict ship to leave England for New South Wales
after the departure of the
Melville in September 1816.
departed Spithead 9 October 1816 and arrived in Port Jackson
8 March 1817. John Mortimer informed Governor Macquarie of
the state of the prisoners on arrival....
have to lament the decrease of our original number of two by
the demise of William Collins an aged man of sixty five
years without much previous indisposition and of William
Banks an invalid from the day he joined, it is satisfactory
to state that throughout the passage the prisoners and
others on board enjoyed good health and that at this time
our list is made up rather of the debilitated than of their
suffering from actual disease. (2)
The men were
mustered by Captain Gill on 11th March 1817. Captain Gill
later informed the Governor that... they are generally
country men, young and healthy, a good proportion of
carpenters but neither stone cutters or stone masons and few
other mechanics of any useful description. They appear
to have been well treated both by the Captain and Surgeon
against whom no complaints were made of any moment. (1)
The prisoners were landed on Friday Morning 14th March
and at 10 o'clock were inspected by Governor Macquarie; to
whom they unanimously declared that during the entire
passage they had experienced the most humane treatment.
Select here to read more about disembarking of
prisoners. Thirty three men were assigned to the Parramatta
district, twenty to Liverpool and twenty nine to the Windsor
Thirty privates and non-commissioned
officers of the 46th regiment under the orders of Lieutenant
Orange arrived as Guard on the Fame. The
Headquarters of the 46th regiment commanded by Lieut-Col
George James Molle arrived on the Windham and other
detachments arrived on the
Lord Eldon, Recovery,
Sir William Bensley,
Marquis of Wellington,
Passengers included Captain Thomas Laycock and wife
Isabella (nee Bunker) Laycock with their two children.
Isabella died soon after arrival. Their daughter Margaret
Hannah Laycock was residing with
Arnold Fisk and his wife Mary Ann (nee Bunker) at
Newcastle in 1828. Mrs.
Kitchen, Wife of Mr. Henry Kitchen, Free Settler and
architect who arrived on the
Surry in 1816 also came free on this vessel.
The Fame departed Port Jackson bound for
Batavia on 1st May 1817.
Notes & Links:
was assigned to John Howe on arrival. He
accompanied Howe on his expedition to the Hunter in 1820.
2). There were three men by the name of John Smith
on the Fame they were tried in Suffolk, Essex and Devon.
3). John Smith who was born in
Essex, was tried in Suffolk. He was 43 years of age and a
straw bonnet maker. He received a sentence of transportation
for life. Ticket of Leave 34/1116
4). John Smith who
was born in Cork, was tried at the Devon Assizes was 29
years of age and a labourer and tailor. He was sentenced to
transportation for 7 years. Conditional Pardon 1425
5). John Smith was tried at Essex. He was 19 years of age
and sentenced to transportation for life. Ticket of leave
6). In Sydney in July 1818 eleven desperate
convicts made a bid for freedom by attempting to steal two
boats. They attempted this while
Governor Macquarie was on a
tour of Newcastle settlement and there was no mercy for them
when they were captured soon afterwards. Thomas Jones who
arrived on the Fame was among their number.
Find out more
about their attempted escape here. The Governor considered
them all to be of the most depraved characters in the colony
and they were sentenced to work at hard labour in double
irons at the Lime Kilns near Newcastle for up to three
Hunter Valley Convicts / passengers
arriving on the Fame 1817
8). Number of prisoners,
date and place of Conviction and sentences - Parliamentary
Papers, House of Commons and Command, Volume 16 By Great
Britain. Parliament. House of Commons - Fame
1). Colonial Secretary's
Correspondence Reel 6046; 4/1737 p.203
Secretary's Correspondence Reel 6046; 4/1737 p.200