The King William was fitted at Deptford in
1840 for the conveyance of 180 convicts from Ireland to Sydney. The
Guard commanded by Lieutenant Montgomery of the 80th regiment were embarked on 30th March while the ship
still lay at
Deptford. The Guard consisted of Ensign John Guise Rogers Aplin, of the 28th
regiment and 29 rank and file of the 80th and 96th regiments with
four women and seven children and two soldier boys.
- 28th regiment uniform
also joined the vessel at Deptford. He kept a Medical Journal from 30 March to 24 August 1840. He
rejected two of the soldiers who were unwell and they were
sent back on shore.
On the 1st April the ship sailed for
Dublin where 180 convicts were embarked at Kingstown Harbour.
Nine free passengers, the sons of convicts were also
embarked at Kingstown Harbour including -
Patrick Moran, son of Michael Moran;
Michael, John and Thomas Ryan, sons of Patrick Ryan;
son of Richard Ryan;
John and Patrick Hughes sons of Edward
According to the surgeon most of the prisoners
from the country towns were healthy young men, but those from Dublin
had lately suffered from sickness and the constitutions of many
others were impaired.
The King William departed
Kingstown on the 28th April. Although the weather was fine and mild
in the early part of the voyage, many suffered with sea sickness. On
17th May the ship entered the tropics and there was some illness due
to the heat at this time. They crossed the equator on 4th June and
on the 16th passed the tropic of Capricorn.
On entering the southern
hemisphere the weather became cold and stormy. The ship being small
with open bulwarks, the decks were always wet in stormy weather and
the Hospital and prison were repeatedly flooded by the sea pouring
down the hatchways. Many of the guard and convicts suffered from
catarrhal, rheumatism and diarrhoea at this time.
King William arrived in Port Jackson on the 17 August 1840.
Notes & Links:
1). Campbell France was
employed on the convict ships Asia in 1828 (VDL)
York in 1831,
in 1839 and the King William in 1840.
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the King William
3). Convict ships
bringing detachments of the 96th regiment to New South Wales
Eden and the
4). Convict Discipline & Transportation......
5). Lieutenant John Guise Rogers Aplin appointed Captain in