Convict Ship Lady Ridley 1821
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Master Robert Weir
Superintendent James Wilson R.N.
|The Lady Ridley left Portsmouth
in company with the Marshal Wellington. On the passage they
touched at Rio de Janeiro, remaining there three weeks for
refreshment before sailing for Hobart, arriving there on 27th June
James Wilson R.N., kept a medical
journal from 17th November 1821 to 26th July 1821. On arrival he
presented the journal to the Lieutenant-Governor who declared it
satisfactory. As well as the medical entries, the journal contains a
copy of letters written by the prisoners thanking James Wilson for
his care during the voyage. The prisoners were landed on 3rd July
and inspected by the Lieutenant-Governor before being assigned to
their occupations. They were said to have arrived in a very clean
and healthy state. The surgeon's journal also reveals that
there was acrimony between the surgeon and Captain Weir caused in
part by the Captain's refusal to allow convicts on deck when the
surgeon requested it.
Marshall of the 48th Regiment was officer of the guard.
The Lady Ridley departed for Port Jackson on 15th July with
James Wilson and Lieutenant Marshall on board.
surgeons James Wilson of the Lady Ridley,
Peter Cunningham of the
Henry Ryan of the Claudine all departed for England via
the Cape of Good Hope on the ship Brixton.
Notes & Links:
Lady Ridley at
sea - Image National Library of Australia
Convict Records - List of convicts of the Lady Ridley
3). James Wilson was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the
convict ships Blenheim
1834 and Lady
Kennaway 1836 to NSW and the Minerva in 1838 (VDL)