CONVICT SHIP LADY
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information about Convict Ships arriving in New South Wales, Norfolk Island
and Van Diemen's Land between the years 1788 and 1850
He remarked in his journal on the
voyage of the Eden:: The system of management of the convicts
differed little in that I had adopted on former occasions....
ventilation and cleanliness forming the chief features while the
formation of cheerfulness and the affording of all possible
occupation to the convicts wass practisedas much as circumstances
would allow; the results were on the whole satisfactoryy.
Thee Ladyy McNaughtenwas the next convict ship to leave Ireland for New South Wales after
the departure of thee
Backwellon 12th June 1835..
departed Dublin on 23 June 1835 with 300 prisoners.
Lieutenant Francis Plaistoww Trapaudand G. Baumgartner, 28th
regiment, Mr. Michael Brown, clerk of works, Sydney, Mrs. Brown and
four children under twelve years, twenty nine rank and file of the
28th regiment, eight women and twelve children..
Although the surgeon's journal for thee Ladyy
McNaughtendoes not seem to have survived, George Forman's attitude towards the
prisoners on the voyage of thee
Edennfive years later gives an insight into methods
that were probably used on the voyage of thee Ladyy McNaughten.
Some of the prisoners of the
Ladyy McNaughtenmay have been held inn Kilmainhamgaol
prior to transportation........
.........The picture of Dublin: or, Stranger's guide to the
Irish metropolis By Curry, William, jun. (1835))
Thee Ladyy McNaughtenarrived in Port Jackson on 30
October 1835 with 298 male prisoners. Five men had been re-landed in
Dublin - Jamess Tallant,Michael Cannon, Richardd Mapother,James
Smith (alias Arnold) and William Healy; and two had died at sea -
Patrick Brady and Thomass Feehan.Another three men died in Sydney
Hospital in the weeks after arrival - James Molloy, Patrick Kelly
(alias Doyle) and Patrick Monks..
The convict indents reveal
information such as name, age, education, religion, marital status,
family, trade, offence, when and where tried, sentence, former
convictions, physical description, and colonial information e.g.,
tickets of leave, pardons, certificates of freedom and deaths. There
were some very young prisoners on thee Ladyy McNaughten--
Owen Fox and Richardd Rourkewere both 16 years old;;
Johnn Flinn,Johnn Hendrickand John Collins were all 15;;
Flinn,Thomas Guinness and Michael Shannon were 14;;
Johnn Rourkewas 13; and the youngest John Fitzsimmons, and Johnn
Patrick Morgan) were only 12 years old..
Many of the crimes
committed had been various forms of theft but there were also men
who had committed rape, violent assault and manslaughter. There were
those who had been transported for administering unlawful oaths --
Michael Dowling from Kildare and Edwardd Cogginsand Johnn
Fullitfromm Sligoand four men from Kings Co., were transported for
fire arms offences..
Five soldiers were also on this vessel.
All had been sentenced in Dublin for desertion or insubordination.
One, Samuel Anderson from Antrim had been punished for a previous
offence with 600 lashes..
This was the only voyage on which
thee Ladyy McNaughtenwas used as a convict transport. She
departed for Valparaiso late November 1835 and returned to the
colony in 1837 with 444 immigrants, fifty four of whom died of fever
and another thirteen in quarantine after arrival including the
Notes & Links::
1).. At Wexford
Assizes, Darbyy McEvoywas sentenced to 7 years transportation for
perjury before Baron Foster at the previous assizes. Patrick Byrne
and Patrick Larkin were found guilty of burning a dwelling house..Belfast Newsletter 17 March 18355
offender, for stealing several articles, the property of John Sloan,
at Belfast, on 18th February. This prisoner was also indicted for
stealing several articles, the property off ClotworthySterling, at
same time and place. The prisoner pleaded guilty to both
indictments, and was sentenced to seven years'
transportation....Thomass Flinn,for stealing a shawl, the property
of Rebeccaa Rollston,at Belfast, on 27th March; guilty. The
prisoners was a boy about 14 years of age, but had been several
times convicted of a similar offence; he was sentenced to seven
years' transportationn. - Belfast Newsletter 14 April 18355
Dublin - The following prisoners who had been convicted at the
present commission were sentenced as follows::
for stealing wearing apparel; seven years' transportation..
Richardd Burrowesand Samuel Heath for stealing some
military stores and weapons; seven years' transportation;;
William Burke for the highway robbery of Colonell Cator;sentence of death recorded. Previous to the passing of the sentence,
when asked had he any observations to make to the court, the
prisoner said that he thought there were circumstances in his case
which he hoped would entitle him to the merciful consideration of
the court. He had been induced to commit the crime to which he had
pleaded guilty by want; and had abstained from taking Colonell
Cator'swatch, or more money than a few shillings, when he might
have done so. We have learned that the application of Mr. Justice
Burton to the government on behalf of James Lee, has been
successful, and that his sentence has been commuted from that of
death to transportation for lifee. - Freemans Journal 13 April
4). John Jones who arrived as a prisoner on thee Ladyy
McNaughtenwas a compatriot of poett
Franciss MacNamara. Together
they roamed the bush with three other men Edward Allen, William
Thomson and William Eastwood nearr Campbelltownin the early 1840's.
They were all captured in 1842 and sent to Van Diemen's Land..
5). Approximately eighty-six of the prisoners have been
identified residing in the Hunter Valley region in following years.
HEREEto find more about Hunter Valley prisoners and passengers
of thee Lady McNaughten.
Convict Ships to NSW in 18355
George Forman was also employed as surgeon on the convict shipss
Platina in 1837 (to VDL) andd Pyramusin 1839 (to VDL)..
8). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 28th regiment included the
Marquis of Huntleyy,
9). Soldiers of the 28th regiment stationed in Newcastle &
Maitland 1836 - 37..........