Voyage: 121 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 450 Crew: 36 men
Previous vessel: Royal Admiral arrived 8 November 1830
Next vessel: Andromeda arrived 18 December 1830
Master John Jeffrey Drake
Surgeon Superintendent Andrew Henderson
Convicts embarked on the Florentia came from counties in England, Scotland and Wales. They were conveyed from prison hulks to the vessel early in August 1830.
The Florentia departed Ireland on 15 August 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 wife.
SURGEON ANDREW HENDERSON
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.
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.
Four prisoners 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 phthisis.
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 December 1831.
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 (15). They were all sent to the Carter's Barracks on arrival.
NOTES AND LINKS:
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 of the 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)