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Embarked 200 men
Deaths 2
Surgeon's Journal: no
Previous vessel: Marquis of Wellington arrived 27 January 1815
Next vessel: Northampton arrived 18 June 1815
Captain Matthew Bowles
This was the same vessel that transported convicts to Australia in 1812.

Prisoners to be embarked on the Indefatigable in the winter of 1814 were mostly convicted of crimes in England. There were also eight soldiers who were convicted of desertion....

Thomas Corbett convicted in France; John Berry convicted at Lisbon; Robert Bostock and John McQuin were tried in Sierra Leone; Samuel Clements and Charles Gosford in France and Jean Pierre Mounier convicted in Montreal in 1813. Edward Brown was also convicted of desertion at Chatham.

After being transferred from county and city prisons they were mostly held on hulks while awaiting transportation. Men who were held on the Retribution hulk moored at Woolwich were embarked on the Indefatigable between 25th July and 6th September 1814. Some had only been on the hulk for about a month, others for more than a year.

The Indefatigable departed England in convoy with the Sydney Packet and arrived in the colony on 25 April 1815 having been delayed at Rio de Janeiro for five weeks.

A total of six convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1815 -
Marquis of Wellington, Indefatigable, Northampton, Canada, Francis & Eliza and the Baring..

In correspondence dated 24th June 1815, Governor Macquarie reported the arrival of the Indefatigable to Earl Bathurst.....

I have the Honor to report to Your Lordship the Arrival here, on the 25th April last, of the Ship Indefatigable. Commanded by Captn. Matthew Bowles, with 198 Male Convicts, and a Guard consisting of Small Detachments of the 1st (or Royal Scots), 80th, 84th and 86th Regiments, under the Command of Lieutenant Hoskins of the former Regiment on board. Both the Troops and Convicts Arrived in Good Health, two only of the latter having died during the Voyage. Mr. J. Smith a Free Settler, with his Family, came passengers in the Indefatigable. (2)

Later Lieutenant Hoskins made a complaint to the authorities regarding the treatment the guard had received from Matthew Bowles on the voyage out. The matter was investigated and Captain Bowles was requested to supply his explanations. He was later informed that Governor Macquarie was satisfied with his explanations regarding victualling of the soldiers on board.

A muster of convicts was taken on board by Captain Gill, the chief engineer in the absence of Secretary J.T. Campbell. (1) The Date and Place of trial were recorded together with Sentence, Native Place, Occupation and Physical Description. The youngest prisoner on board was Thomas Jones who was only 10 years old. There were four who were 14 years of age - Hugh Bucknall, Henry Hart, James Hartley and James Smith.

On 29th April the prisoners were disembarked and distributed to various employments. They were reported to be of a healthy condition and clean appearance. Fifty-one men were forwarded to Windsor, twenty men to Liverpool and thirty were sent to Parramatta.

It was reported in the Sydney Gazette that Thomas Settle (passenger?) of the Indefatigable was robbed of a small case of jewellery while the vessel lay in the harbour. A seaman was apprehended for the robbery.  John Coomb also arrived as a free passenger on the Indefatigable.

The Indefatigable departed Port Jackson with the Campbell Macquarie, Captain Siddons, bound for Java on 13th July 1815 and was later destroyed by fire. The Sydney Gazette reported the disaster.........

From a Government Java Gazette of October 28 we have the melancholy intelligence confirmed of the total destruction of that fine vessel, the Indefatigable, Captain Bowles, which sailed from hence 13th July last. The following are the particulars: On Sunday night 27 October a fire broke out on board the ship Indefatigable laying in Batavia Roads; the attempts made to extinguish it entirely failed, and she was totally consumed by 12 o'clock the following day. Her valuable cargo has been entirely destroyed; but we are happy to state that no lives were lost. We have been informed that the fire was occasioned by the incaution of an apprentice boy who carried a lighted candle into the gun room when sent by the chief mate to draw off spirits. As soon as the alarm was given, the signal of distress was made; the boats of the different ships were immediately sent to their assistance, and every exertion made to put out the fire; this having been found impracticable, it was resolved to attempt to smother it by closing the hatchways fore and aft, which had n some degree the desired effect. The flames approaching the magazine door, in which were 8 1/2 barrels of powder, an explosion was apprehended, in consequence of which the ship was abandoned for the night, and guard boats left to watch. At twelve o'clock her decks became very hot, and the fire and smoke had increased so much below that it was impossible to go down; it was then resolved to scuttle the ship and sink her in shoal water, which was immediately effected, the cable cut, and the ship towed clear of the other vessels. Every exertion was made to save the property of the passengers, but their apartments being exactly where the fire lay it was found impracticable.  (3)


Notes and Links:  

1). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Indefatigable in 1815  

2). Convict Edward Guppy died in April 1817 age 30. He was buried in the Old Sydney Burial Grounds.  

3). The early career of George Hunn Nobbs chaplain at Pitcairn Island who was a seaman on the Indefatigable to NSW and VDL in 1815.........  
 

4).  Some of the Guard of the Indefatigable departed for Madras soon after arrival......
{Extract}
Governor Macquarie to Earl Bathurst
24th June 1815
Sydney....... It being Necessary to Send on, from hence to India, the Small Detachments of the 1st, 80th, 84th, and 86th Regiments, which Arrived here as a Guard over the Male Convicts on board the Indefatigable Transport on the 25th of April last, I availed Myself of an opportunity, which Occurred lately, to send them to join their respective Corps in India on board the private Merchant Ship, Frederick, of Calcutta, the Commander of which Ship engaged to Land them at Madras. The Number embarked Consisted of one Subaltern Officer, 38 Soldiers, 3 Women and one Child (HRA Series 1 Vol. VIII p. 564)

5).
Convict William Meggs/Maggs was a member of John Oxley's Lachlan River Expedition in 1817 (see Remembering the Forgotten The untold stories of John Oxley’s 1817 & 1818 Expeditions  - An E-Book By E.V.(Tim) Crampton)

6).  No. of prisoners, date and place of Conviction and sentences - Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, Volume 16 By Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons- Indefatigable 1815...  




       

7). Convicts of the Indefatigable identified in the Hunter Valley region:  
Name Convicted at Location NSW
     
James Abrahams Monmouth 1814 Newcastle 1815
     
Michael Antonia/ Anthony London 1813 Newcastle 1821-23
     
John Baker Leicester 1814 Newcastle/ Patterson's Plains
     
Edward Bakes/ Bates / Preston Devon 1814 Newcastle 1816 -18
     
John Berry Lisbon 1813 Newcastle 1819
     
Thomas Butler Buckinghamshire 1814 Newcastle 1822
     
Thomas Corbett France 1814 Newcastle 1819
     
John Duff Lancaster 1814 Newcastle 1819-20
     
William Featherstone Middlesex 1814 Newcastle 1819
     
Elias Hall Chester 1813 Newcastle 1825
     
William Harper / Harpur Kent 1813 Newcastle 1819-23
     
John Hewitt Nottingham 1814 Maitland 1832
     
John Hickey Middlesex 1814 Maitland/ Patterson's Plains
     
Joseph Houseley Middlesex 1813 Newcastle 1815-20
     
Charles Kent Essex 1814 Newcastle 1834-35
     
James King Middlesex 1814 Newcastle 1817
     
Edward Madden Middlesex 1814 Newcastle 1816
     
Thomas Malpas/ Williamson Southampton 1814 Newcastle 1815
     
John Manley / Meanley Chester 1813 Newcastle 1819-25
     
Thomas Masling / Mesling Norfolk 1813 Newcastle 1817
     
Andrew McKew Buckinghamshire 1814 Newcastle 1820
     
James Morley Middlesex 1814 Newcastle 1820-32
     
Jasper Raven Essex 1814 Newcastle 1822-30
     
Charles Satchwell / Satchell Nottingham 1813 Newcastle/ Maitland
     
Thomas Shaw Derby 1813 Newcastle 1816
     
William Swan Surrey 1814 Newcastle 1818-21
     
Thomas Thompson Middlesex 1813 Newcastle 1815
     
John (?Elijah) Waters Lincoln 1814 Newcastle 1821
     
William Weston Lancaster 1814 Newcastle 1819

 
References:

(1). House of Lords, Sessional Papers 1801 - 1833


(2) HRA Series 1, Vol. VIII, p. 553

(3) Sydney Gazette 29 June 1816