The Isabella was built in London in
1818. She was owned by William Wiseman, Patrick Chalmers and James
Wallace. The Isabella transported convicts to Australia in
1832 (NSW), 1833 (VDL) and
Captain John Wallis was formerly Master of a slave
ship taking negroes from Africa to the West Indies (1). He was also
Master of the
in 1814, the
1816 and the
The Isabella and Southworth were the next
convict ships to leave Ireland for New South Wales after the departure
in July 1821. The Isabella departed Cork on 4th November 1821.
William Price kept a Medical Journal from 1st August 1821 to 14
The vessel was moored at Cowes on Thursday 2nd
August 1821 when the detachment of the 24th regiment under orders of
Lieut. Harvey from Albury Barracks embarked. There were 28 Privates and
Corporals and three women. The following day at noon they weighed anchor
and passed through the Needles under light and variable winds. On the
next Friday (10th) they arrived at the Cove of Cork after a rough
passage when the Guard and women suffered very much from sea sickness.
They remained at the Cove of Cork for some time during which time
several of the guard became unruly and rebellious. A court-martial took
place on board and six soldiers were sent back to shore. On October 14th
forty-seven convicts were received onto the vessel making the total to
200 men. They were divided into messes and sent on deck during each day
in two divisions. This routine continued until nearly the end of October
when rain set in and the men were kept below.
reported that the prisoners were orderly and well behaved. The bad
weather continued and the men were allowed on deck intermittently. By
November they had set sail and most of the convicts, guard and women
were all experiencing sea sickness in the boisterous weather. Over the
next four months William Price kept a daily record of the position of
the vessel and weather experienced as well as the various illness of the
There were light winds on the 10th March when they
came to anchor in Sydney Cove. The convicts were mustered on deck and
divine service performed. The following day the Colonial Secretary came
on board to muster the men. On the 14th March at daylight the guard and
the convicts were all disembarked and at 11am Governor Sir Thomas
Brisbane inspected the prisoners in the gaol yard. As well as two
hundred convicts, those arriving on the Isabella included 32
people belonging to the guard including the officer; two soldier's wives
(one died on the passage); passengers 1 man, wife and two children.
The Convicts from the Isabella, Southworth and Shipley
were distributed to districts including
Windsor, Emu Plains and
Back on the Isabella after everyone had landed, a party of men came on
board from the dockyard and dismantled the on-board prison in
preparation for the return to England.
Notes & Links:
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Isabella in 1822
2). The 1842 voyage of the Isabella to Van Diemen Land......
(1) State Records Authority of New
South Wales, Kingswood. Main series of letters received, 1788-1825.
Series 897, Reel 6044; 4/1730 pp.101-43