received his appointment from the Admiralty as Surgeon
Superintendent to the Hive on 18th November 1833. He kept a
Medical Journal from 18 November 1833 to 27 June 1834.
Guard embarked on 14 December and consisted of 30 rank and file of
50th regiment., accompanied by 8 women and 4 children under command
of Lieut. Peter John Petit
and Ensign Richard Waddy.
Detachments of the 50th Regiment also arrived on the Surry,
Henry Tanner and
The Hive dropped down the river from
Deptford to Woolwich on 21st December and on 23rd December twenty
convicts were inspected on board the Ganymede hulk and eighty on the
Justitia hulk as to their fitness for the voyage. There were no
rejections and all were sent to the Hive.
Woolwich the vessel went round to Portsmouth where on 8th January
1834, one hundred and twenty convicts were embarked from the
York hulk and thirty from the Leviathan, which
completed the number to 250 men.
Prisoners came from
districts throughout England - Gloucester, Suffolk, York, Somerset,
Essex, London, Lancaster etc., and there were a few from Scotland.
Most were in the 20s and early 30s, however there were quite a few
young men also. Alexander McDonald was only 13 years old.
The ships crew numbered 34, which with the women, children and
passengers brought the total on board to 330 people.
Hive departed Falmouth on 8th February 1834 and arrived in Port
Jackson on 11 June 1834, a tedious voyage, according to the surgeon,
of 123 days. Two hundred and forty eight male prisoners arrived in
Port Jackson, two having died on the passage out.
the Hive convicts have been identified residing in the
Hunter region in the following decades. Two of those, William Bryant
and William Britton, both coalminers from Gloucestershire were
assigned to the
Australian Agricultural Company to work in the coal mines at
Newcastle and were in and out of trouble over the next few years.
Amongst all the farm labourers, grooms, errand boys and
weavers etc were two convicts of a different stamp - radical author
Henry Berthold and Captain David Dundas.
In England Henry
Berthold printed a weekly newssheet on calico known as the
Political Handkerchief. He was tried at the Old Bailey in 1833
for stealing and died at Port Macquarie in 1838. Read about his life
Captain David Dundas an officer on
half-pay made an attempt to defraud Lord Dundas. He made an eloquent
plea before the Judge at the
Old Bailey to no avail as he was sentenced to transportation for
George Fairfowl received his first appointment as
naval surgeon in June 1805. He was surgeon superintendent on
the convict ships Ocean in
1818, Dromedary in
1820, Woodman in 1823,
Royal Charlotte in
1825, Sovereign in
1829, Andromeda in
1830 and Clyde in 1832 On
his return to England after the voyage of the Hive
George Fairfowl gave evidence
before the Select Committee as to the military establishments in the
Notes and Links:
Lieut-Colonel Peter John
Petit died at Lichfield, aged 45 on 13th February 1852. -
Obituary in the Annual Register. Lieut-Col. Petit obtained the
majority of the 50th Regt. in 1842, and commanded his corps in the
action of Punniar, on the 29th of Dec., 1843, in which engagement he
had a horse shot under him. For his services in this action he was
promoted to a brevet lieut.-colonelcy on the 20th of April, 1844,
and received the bronze star of India. He subsequently served in the
campaign of the Sutlej, in 1845-6, and was in command of his
regiment in the actions of Moodkee and Ferozeshah, where he had two
horses shot under him. He was also present in the battles of Aliwal
and Sobraon, at the latter of which he succeeded to the command of
the regiment after Lieut.-Col. Ryan was wounded. In this action he
was himself dangerously wounded by a ball through the neck, grazing
the spine, from the effects of which he ever afterwards suffered.
The Companionship of the Bath, and a medal and three clasps, were
conferred on him for his services on the Sutlej. He returned to
England in March, 1847, and was promoted to a lieut.colonelcy by
purchase on the 19th of September, 1848.
Richard Waddy was appointed Ensign 17
August 1832, Lieutenant 4 May 1836, Captain 18 November 1841, Major
14 February 1852, Lieut-Col 3 March 1854, Colonel 28 November 54. He
was present with the 50th regt., at the battle of Punniar (Medal).
Served the Eastern Campaign of 1854-55 in command of the 50th
including the battles of Alma and Inkerman, and siege of Sebastopol.
Mentioned in Lord Raglan's Dispatches for distinguished conduct in
command of the trenches when the enemy made a sortie in force -
wounded in the trenches, 13th October 1854 (Medal with three Clasps,
C.B., Knight of the Legion of Honor, Dardinian and Turkish Medals,
and 4th Class of the Medijibe) Landed in New Zealand in command of
the 50th Regt., in November 1863 and served in the campaigns of 1861
- 65; was Colonel on the Staff until January 1865 and Brigadier
General from that period until 31st March 1866; commanded the force
in front of Paterangi Pah which had a sharp skirmish with the rebels
at Waiari in February 1864; also commanded the field force under Sir
Duncan Cameron in the action at Nukamaree on 25 January 1855. (1)
Lieutenant Waddy was appointed to the Mounted Police in
December 1835 and was responsible for the capture of bushranger
Edward Hall in 1838.
Hunter Valley convicts/ passengers
arriving on the Hive in 1834
4). George Fairfowl's
Evidence before the
Select Committee as to Military Establishments
50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot, The New Army and Militia List
by Colonel H.G. Hart