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Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 119 days
Deaths: 2
Surgeon's Journal: Yes
Tons: 482 Crew: 38 men
Previous vessel: Planter arrived 15 October 1832
Next vessel: Dunvegan Castle arrived 16 October 1832
Captain William Vaughan  
Surgeon Superintendent John Edwards
The Hercules was built at Whitby in 1822. Convicts were transported to Australia on the Hercules in 1825, 1830 and 1832.  

On this voyage in 1832, the Hercules departed London on 19th June 1832 with male prisoners from counties throughout England.

The Guard consisted of 29 rank and file of 4th regt., accompanied by five women and seven children under command of Lieutenant Thomas Gibson. Passengers included Mrs. Gibson and Master Gibson; Miss Robb and Miss Dobson.  Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 4th regiment.

John Edwards kept a Medical Journal during the voyage. The Journal begins on 21st May 1832 while the vessel is still at Deptford being fitted out. They were fortunate in totally escaping from the prevailing cholera, although the Surgeon was puzzled as to why this should be. The Guard embarked under unfavourable conditions and were drenched. The weather continued so damp that they could not be kept dry and some became ill.    

We were unfortunate in embarking one case of phthisis who did not raise suspicion; these men are so anxious to get away from the rigid discipline of the Hulks that they endeavour to conceal their complaints
. He was however, soon obliged to apply to the Hospital but the progress of the disease was rapid and fatal...... The numerous cases under different titles in the daily sick book which don't appear in the Journal were for the most part so ephemeral and slight a character as to require scarcely any medical treatment.

The Hercules arrived in Port Jackson on Tuesday 16 October 1832. Prisoners were mustered on board by the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay and were landed on Wednesday 31st October 1832. The indents reveal the name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native place, trade. offence, place and date of trial, sentence and physical description. There is no indication in the indents as to where the men were assigned on arrival.  

There were quite a few young convicts on the Hercules. The youngest John Smith a tailor's boy from Lancashire was only 13 years of age. John Brown, Henry Churm, Constantine Hayes, John Swadling, Frederick Scammell and Matthew White were all 14 years old and there were more still who were only 15 or 16 years old. Some may have been sent to the Carter's Barracks but others were assigned to settlers with the instructions that they were to remain with that particular settler until their sentence was fulfilled.    

Notes & Links:  

1). John Edwards was also surgeon on the convict ships Henry Tanner in 1834, Roslin Castle in 1836 and the Charles Kerr in 1837.  

2). William Martin who arrived on the Hercules was convicted of bushranging in 1835 at Invermein.  

3). Lieutenant Thomas Gibson was in Command of a detachment of the 4th Regiment when Governor Bourke visited Newcastle in 1833.  

4). Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Hercules in 1832  

5).  Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 4th (King's Own) Regiment.....

Date/Place of Departure Convict Ship Officer  of the Guard
29 April 1831 Cork Jane Captain George Mason
17 July 1831 Portsmouth Surry Captain Waldron 38th regt.,
6 August 1831 Cork Asia Captain Richard Chetwode
15 October 1831 Norfolk Lieut. David William Lardy 4th regt.,
5 November 1831 Dublin Captain Cook Lieut. Gibbons 49th regt.,
27 November 1831 Portsmouth Portland  
27 November 1831 Cork Isabella Captain William Clarke 4th regt.,
14 December 1831 Dublin Bussorah Merchant Lieut. William Lonsdale 4th regt.,
7 February 1832 Downs John Lieut. George Baldwin 31st regt.,
15 March 1832 Portsmouth Lady Harewood Lieut. Lowth 38th regt.,
18 March 1832 Cork City of Edinburgh Lieut. Bayliss
9 May 1832 Portsmouth Clyde Lieut-Colonel Mackenzie
10 May 1832 Cork Eliza II Lieut. Hewson
16 June 1832 Portsmouth Planter Lieuts. Bullin & Irvine 38th regt.,
19 June 1832 Downs Hercules Lieut. Thomas Gibson 4th regt.,
1 July 1832 Dublin Dunvegan Castle Lieut. Thomas Faunce 4th regt.,
28 July 1832 Sheerness Parmelia Captain Young 38th regt.,
12 March 1833 Sheerness Waterloo Captain Mondilhan 54th regt.,



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