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 Maitland 1840

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Embarked: 305 men
Voyage: 114 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous voyage: Surry arrived 13 July 1840
Next voyage: Isabella arrived 24 July 1840
Captain George Baker
Surgeon Superintendent Philip Toms

The Maitland departed Sheerness on 22nd March 1840 and transported mostly English and Scottish male convicts.

Philip Toms kept a Medical Journal from 3 March to 22 July 1840........

From the time of embarkation on the 8th March until the beginning of July, six prisoners only were placed on the sick list, all the other prisoners having enjoyed remarkable good health during the passage and as we were now so near our destination I fully anticipated them being landed without any deaths, but about this time eight or ten of the prisoners presented themselves with symptoms of scurvy and one of that number terminated fatally on the 14th July, a few hours after our arrival at Sydney.

The other cases did well, but four of them not being sufficiently recovered to go into Barracks were sent to Hospital in a state of convalescence, the others having quite recovered were landed with the remainder of the prisoners on 22nd July. I regret to add that in addition to the death above alluded to, two of the prisoners accidentally fell over board during the passage and were drowned, one of them viz James Rhodes on the 25 April and the other Henry Windward on the 27th of the same month. The total number therefore of the prisoners landed at Sydney was 302.

Passengers included Captain Matthew Richmond of 96th regt., Miss Richmond, Lieut. Nicholas Horsley 96th regt., Mrs and Miss Horsley, Mr. Raitt, 4 women and 2 children.

Twenty six convicts were soldiers who were court-martialled in Canada for desertion or other military offences were transported on the Maitland: - John Artler; John Bannon; John Blot; George Cadness; Francis Calva; Robert Campbell; Edward Courtney; Stephen Connell; William Darnell; Daniel Davidson; Daniel Donovan; John Galvin; Richard Gilbey; John Gill; William Graham; John Hart; Charles Hunter; Michael Linehan; Patrick McCarthy; Donald McDonald; James McGanley; Henry Rose; William Sheriffs; Joseph Smith; Daniel Spillane; George Warr.

The Maitland arrived at Port Jackson on 14 July 1840  

Notes & Links:

1). Prisoners / passengers arriving on the Maitland in 1840 identified residing in the Hunter Region

2). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 96th regiment to New South Wales included the Woodbridge Barossa, Nautilus, Augusta Jessie, Woodbridge, Maitland, Pekoe, Eden and King William.

3).  Convict Discipline & Transportation.....Enclosure No. 8 {Extract}
William Hendric on List of persons who applied for their families to be forwarded to New South Wales at the Public Expense and  recommended by His Excellency the Governor as worthy of that indulgence.......


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