|Embarked: 188 men
Voyage: 126 days
Surgeon's Journal: no
arrived 8 November 1827
Louisa arrived 3 December 1827
William John Moncrieff
was built at Chester in 1810 and transported prisoners to Australia
in 1827 (NSW), 1829 (NSW),
1831 (VDL), 1832 (NSW) and
The John departed London on 22nd July 1827 being
the next convict ship to leave England for New South Wales after the
departure of the Champion
in June 1827.
The Guard comprised a detachment of the 40th
regiment under the orders of Lieut. Stopford,
of the same corps. The 40th regiment spent almost the whole of its
first period of service, between 1824 and 1829 in Tasmania,
embarking for service in India in 1829.
One seaman died of
typhus fever on the voyage, two more were severely ill on landing
and four were in a sickly state.
The Surgeon James McKerrow
drowned having thrown himself overboard during in a supposed 'fit of
lunacy', on the 16th October and no surgeon's journal survives
for this voyage. James McKerrow was employed as surgeon on the
convict ship Earl St. Vincent to Van Diemen's Land the
previous year. On the voyage of the Earl St. Vincent the journal McKerrow kept indicates that
he was a kindly surgeon. There were no deaths on the Earl St.
and McKerrow was proud to state that the change for the better in
their appearance after the voyage was over was truly astonishing as
instead of the squalid objects of dissipation when embarked they
were landed in such a renovated condition as to be capable of
undergoing any common exertion or labour. He had had no occasion to
have flogged any of the convicts, punishments required being only
arrived in Port Jackson on 25 November 1827.
Alexander McLeay held a Muster of the convicts on board the John
on 28 November 1827, three days after the vessel arrived in Port
Jackson. Seven men had been admitted to hospital, and three had died
on the journey out. 178 convicts were mustered.
included Rev. E. Smith, wife and family and
John William Gosling Esq.,
Notes & Links:
1 ). Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1827 - Grenada,
Marquis of Hastings,
and the Louisa
2). Convict Edward Bowen was one of several prisoners of the
John assigned to the
Agricultural Company on arrival. He later became one of the
Hunter River Banditti bushranger gang
and was executed for his crimes in 1831.
3). John Sawyer was
assigned to Dr. Rutherford
on arrival. He was washing wool at Castle
Forbes for John Larnach and witnessed the convict uprising that
took place in 1833
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the John in 1827
5). Return of Convicts of the
John assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March
1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
||Shoemaker's boy assigned to J.
Harris at Shane's Park
||Clothier and labourer assigned to
Timothy Nowlan at Hunter's River
||Carpenter's boy assigned to George
Brown at Sydney
||Shoemaker assigned to William
Walker at O'Connel Plains