The Forth was the next vessel to leave Ireland for New South Wales after the departure of the
James Pattison in October 1829.
The Forth departed Cork 1 January 1830 with 118 prisoners. Among them were ploughmen, glaziers, labourers, servants, cow boys, weavers, tailors and butchers. They had been sent for crimes ranging from pick pocketing and vagrancy to abduction and manslaughter. There were a few soldiers who had been tried for desertion.
military guard consisted of Ensign C. Miller and 27 rank and file of
the 17th regt., with 3 women and 2 children under command of
James Oliphant Clunie.
here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 17th
Free passengers (steerage) included
Michael Moore, Bernard Reilly and Michael Reilly (NSW State Records
William Clifford kept a Medical Journal from 20
December 1829 to 4 May 1830...........The convicts embarked on the
Forth were without exception men whose habits from the earliest
period indolent in the extreme and disposed to depression and
illness...To keep up that system and regularity of discipline and
cleanliness so conducive to health and personal comfort on ship
during a long voyage made with vicissitudes of climate required
every energy during the early stage and as we advanced to the
Tropics when fever appeared.
The Forth arrived in Port Jackson on 26
April 1830 with 115 male prisoners, three having died
from dysentery. - Patrick Cody, Timothy Murphy and Thomas Pyne.
Muster was held on board by the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay
on 28th April 1830. The youngest prisoners on board were Daniel Kirk
(16); James Penne and Luke Connor (15); Denis Driscol, Thomas
Fleming and Thomas McMahon (14) and Daniel Scamnell who was only 13
Notes & Links:
James Oliphant Clunie joined the 17th Regiment as
an ensign in 1813 and was promoted to lieutenant the following year.
He first arrived in New South Wales in 1821 as commander of the
guard for the convict ship
Prince of Orange. In 1821 he was
transferred to Madras, India on the Almorah. He returned to New
South Wales on this voyage of the Forth in 1830. He succeeded
Captain Patrick Logan as Commandant at
Moreton Bay and was stationed
there from 1830 to 1836. He died in 1851.
2). William Clifford was also surgeon on the convict ships
Norfolk in 1832 and
Sir Charles Forbes
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the
Forth (1) 1830
5). Return of Convicts
transported from Ireland.......
6). Return of Convicts of the Forth assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March
1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 28 June 1832).....
Ralph Nash Wheelwright assigned to Sir John
Jamison at Regent Ville
Patrick Connor Errand boy assigned to M.W. Pierce,
Terence McGuire Carpenter assigned to James Glennie
at Hunters River
7). Convict Ships bringing detachments of the