Convict Ship Hercules 1832
Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 119 days
Surgeon's Journal: Yes
Crew: 38 men
Previous vessel: Planter arrived 15 October 1832
vessel: Dunvegan Castle arrived 16 October 1832
Captain William Vaughan
Hercules was built at Whitby in 1822. Convicts were transported
to Australia on the Hercules in
1830 and 1832.
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.
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.
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
Notes & Links:
1). John Edwards
was also surgeon on the convict ships
Henry Tanner in 1834,
Castle in 1836 and the
Charles Kerr in 1837.
Martin who arrived on the Hercules was convicted of bushranging in
1835 at Invermein.
Lieutenant Thomas Gibson was in Command of
a detachment of the 4th Regiment when
Governor Bourke visited
Newcastle in 1833.
Hunter Valley convicts arriving on
the Hercules in 1832
Convict Ships bringing
detachments of the 4th (King's Own) Regiment.....
Date/Place of Departure
of the Guard
|29 April 1831
|17 July 1831
Waldron 38th regt.,
|6 August 1831
Lardy 4th regt.,
Gibbons 49th regt.,
William Clarke 4th regt.,
William Lonsdale 4th regt.,
George Baldwin 31st regt.,
|15 March 1832
||Lieut. Lowth 38th regt.,
|18 March 1832
|9 May 1832
|10 May 1832
|16 June 1832
& Irvine 38th regt.,
|19 June 1832
Thomas Gibson 4th regt.,
|1 July 1832
Thomas Faunce 4th regt.,
|28 July 1832
|12 March 1833
Mondilhan 54th regt.,