Convict Ship John 1829
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|Embarked: 188 men
Voyage: 109 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
vessel: Norfolk arrived 27 August 1829
Guildford arrived 4
Captain Robert Norsworthy
was built at Chester in 1810........
The John transported
prisoners to Australia in 1827 (NSW), 1829 (NSW), 1831 (VDL),
(NSW) and 1833 (VDL).
On this voyage in 1839 the John
departed from Sheerness on 27 May
The Guard on the
John consisted of 29 rank and file of different corps, who were
accompanied by four women and four children under the orders of
Lieut. Forbes of the 89th regiment.
Other convict ships bringing
soldiers of the 89th regiment included the
Passengers included Archdeacon William Grant Broughton,
Mrs. Broughton and two children; and Samuel and Hannah Hatton,
servants to the Archdeacon. William Grant Broughton kept a
ship board diary
describing aspects of the the voyage, the ship and the convicts. His
sentiments towards this new chapter in his life would have been
echoed by the many prisoners lo cked below.....
The prospect of being soon delivered from a state of irksome
confinement occasions no sensation of joy: where we are going there
are none of those whom we desire to see or whom we have been
accustomed to love and value.
kept a Medical Journal from 24 April to 24 September 1829...........
The state of the health both of the prisoners and guard on board the
John has been most satisfactory; there were men complaining from
time to time with slight ailments and sometimes requiring medicine,
but none who I would have ever been obliged to put on the sick list
even in a vessel of war except those related in the preceding
journal. These were some slight ulcers arising from abrasion of the
cuticle by the irons and rapidly healing on their being removed. I
have to attribute their state of health to a favourable passage and
favourable weather almost the whole of the time so that the
prisoners were on deck nearly the whole time from seven in the
morning until sundown in the evening. Taking breakfast and dinner on
deck, the lower deck was also in a perfect state, being always
cleaned by dry holystoning and two stoves kept lighted every day
from morning until the prisoners were sent down in the evening. The
bottom boards in the under sleeping berths were taken up every day
and kept so till the evening so that every part of the deck was
perfectly cleaned, dry and ventilated. The prisoners were on deck
every day when the weather would permit. When lime juice or wine
were served every man drank his allowance on the deck in the
presence of the orderly corporal and sentry.
The John arrived in Port Jackson
on Sunday 13 September 1829.
There were no deaths on the voyage out.
Sunday 13th September 1829 was a cloudy day with showers in Sydney.
The wind was from the west. Temperature 13C - 21C.
Notes & Links:
John Love was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Mellish
in1830 (VDL), Atlas in 1833 (VDL) and the
Backwell in 1835
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the John in 1829
3). Return of Convicts of the John assigned
between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June
1832; 28 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
||House painter assigned to David
Johnstone at Cook's River
||Brass finisher assigned to Thomas
Wood junior in Sydney
||Clerk and gentleman's servant
assigned to Francis Greenway at Sydney
|James Larkwood (Lockwood)
||Stone cutter assigned to Henry Marr
||Weaver assigned to John Lane at
||Hairdresser. Assigned to Thomas
Markwell at Richmond
||Plumber, painter. Assigned to F.
Peterson in Sydney
||Weaver assigned to William Cox at