kept a Medical Journal between the 4th March and 18th July 1837.
The Morning Post reported on the 8 March 1837 that a
detachment of the 80th regiment consisting of
Captain Furlong, Ensign Torkington, 80th regiment, two Sergeants
and 29 rank and file with six women and children arrived in Dublin
on the 3rd March on the Shannon Steam vessel from London and re-embarked on the
ship Heber, then laying in Kingston Harbour, having been
ordered to act as
guard over the convicts of the Heber.
Convict Ships bringing
detachments of the 80th regiment.
Cabin passengers included Mrs. Furlong + 4 children; David Binege
Hutchinson, Albert Maxwell Hutchinson, son of Mrs. Furlong.
departed Dublin on 16 March 1837. Alexander Neill reported that the
Heber had a remarkably fine run out of the channel and the
prisoners who were not suffering from sea sickness were able to go
on deck. For those who suffered sea sickness their health was
extremely reduced and some remained convalescent for the remainder
of the voyage.
Alexander Neill's first patient Jacob Moxon
was treated on the very first day at sea. Jacob Moxon, a 31 one year
old former soldier from Dublin who was court-martialled for
desertion had been held in Kilmainham gaol for some time without
shoes or stockings and complained much of the cold. He was suffering
from fever and a cough which the surgeon successfully treated.
Other patients suffered from bilious complaints, rheumatism and
fever. After only a fortnight it was found that cocoa was very
unpopular amongst the convicts. They unanimously requested that it
might be stopped as a ration as they could not eat it. They were
afterwards supplied with oatmeal for breakfast.
Late in June
it was reported that the Heber was spoken by the off Cape
Lewin and as she was short of provisions was supplied from the
two sheep, some wine and other necessaries before they parted
The Heber arrived in Port Jackson
on 12 July 1837, a voyage of 118 days. The convicts were mustered on
the morning of 17th July and were to be landed a day or two later.
The printed convict indents include information such as name, age,
education, religion, marital status, family, native place, trade,
offence, where and when convicted, prior convictions and physical
description. There is no information as to where the prisoners were
assigned on arrival.
About ninety prisoners who arrived on
the Heber have been identified residing in the Hunter Region in the
following years. Some were assigned to the
Agricultural Company, others to settlers such as
John Larnach and
Richard Taafe was assigned to Police Magistrate
Edward Denny Day at Maitland and
James Fitzgerald to
John Portus at Morpeth.
Alexander Neill was also
employed as surgeon on the convict ships Recovery in
1836, Parkfield in
1839 and the Eden in 1842 (VDL)
Notes & Links:
Select here to find out about bushranger Edward Murtagh who
arrived on the Heber
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Heber.
3). Detachments of the 80th
regiment arrived on the
Bengal Merchant, Asia,
Eden, Emma Eugenia