Convict Ship Florentia 1830
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Voyage: 121 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Crew: 36 men
Royal Admiral arrived 8
Andromeda arrived 18 December 1830
Master John Jeffrey Drake
|Convicts were transported to New South
Wales on the Florentia in
1828 and 1830.
departed England on 15 August 1830.
This was Andrew
Henderson's first voyage as Surgeon Superintendent on a convict
ship. He kept a Medical Journal from 16 July to 27 December 1830.
The Guard consisted of soldiers from several different
regiments who were on their way to India, 4 women and 5 children,
under the command of Lieutenant Maliam who was accompanied by his
Members of the Guard who were treated by the
surgeon included - John McGarvey; John Goff; Francis Leveretts;
Thomas Lowden; Joseph Dorman; James McCurry; John McNiel; Thomas
McLanghlan; John Keeling; and Dennis Cochran.
died on the passage out. They were mentioned in the surgeon's
journal and the convict indents......
John Brown (alias
Horton) age 54 is mentioned in the surgeon's journal - At 3pm, Brown
received a severe wound from a musket ball which fractured the neck
of the thighbone (femur). He was carefully attended by the surgeon
however died at 2.30 on 23 September 1830.
John Brown age 39
a careworn looking man whose appearance indicates him having been in
better circumstances of other convicts died on 5th December 1830 of
Thomas Carland died on 30th November 1830; and
John Chadwick 21st October 1830.
Another man, Joseph Masper died in Sydney Hospital two weeks after arrival on 27
The Florentia arrived in Port
Jackson on 15 December 1830. The convicts were mustered on
board by the Colonial Secretary on 17 December 1830. The indents
include the name, age, religion, education, marital status, family,
native place, occupation, offence, date and place of trial,
sentence, prior conviction, physical description and where assigned
on arrival. There is also occasional information as to colonial
sentences, deaths and pardons.
Twenty prisoners were under
the age of 16 years - John Canew (16); Charles Chippett (14); Haden
Copstick (15); Henry Farmer (15); Richard Houghton (15); Charles
Jubb (14); Richard Lockwood (16); Matthias Israel Lewis (16); John
McAnn (16); George Fyfe milne (15); John Sessions (16); Francis
Sullivan (14); William Stacey (15); William Smith (15); Joseph Jones
(15); Joseph Lee (14); William Purcell (15); and Barfachia Parnacott
They were all sent to the
Carter's Barracks on arrival.
1). The Florentia brought to the colony the news of
the July Revolution in France. The Monitor reported 7000
people had been killed in Paris.
2). Convict Thomas Burdett
Florentia was executed for the murder of William Noble in
Clarence St. Sydney in August 1844
3). Michael John Davis
was an attorney age 40 sent for obtaining goods under false
pretences. He was the foster father of Edward Davis the leader of a
gang of bushrangers who became known as the
Jewboy gang. (Australian
Dictionary of Biography)
4). Bushranger John Smith arrived on
the Florentia as did convict surgeon
Andrew Henderson was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Royal Admiral,
Aurora 1835 (VDL),
in 1837 and Royal Sovereign in 1838 (VDL)
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Florentia in
7). Return of Convicts of the Florentia assigned between
1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June
||Top Sawyer assigned to
Archibald Clunies Innes at Port
|Henry Grigs (Gregg)
||Tinman assigned to James Blanch in