Convict Ship Mangles 1828
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|Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 100 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
vessel: Asia arrived 13 March 1828
Next vessel: Borodino
arrived 12 July 1828
Captain William Carr
Surgeon Superintendent Harman
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|This was the
fifth voyage of the Mangles transporting convicts to
Australia. The next voyage of the Mangles was in
of the Mangles were mostly born in Ireland with the
exception of Joseph Towers, a brassfounder who was born in
Birmingham and transported for desertion; Jasper Wheeler from
Domanaque, France transported for desertion; Henry Williams from
Madras India and William Creeck born in the Orkney Islands. Henry
O'Neil who was born in Belfast was also transported for desertion.
The oldest men were John Cannovan
aged 58; Patrick Whelan aged 60 and John McKenna aged 63.
Francis Biggs, a Commissioned Officer in the Army who was sent for
manslaughter was 54 years of age.. He was run over by a cab in
Sydney on 18 March 1851. The youngest prisoners were
James Byrne aged 13 and James Byrne aged 14 both from Dublin.
Mangles was anchored in Kingstown Harbour (Dun Laoghaire) on
16th - 22nd February 1828. Four men from the Guard became ill
with fever while there and were sent to the Royal Military hospital
in Dublin on 22nd February 1828, just one day before the Mangles
The Guard consisted of Lieutenant Hill,
Adjutant Lieut. Kidd and 45 men of the 57th regiment.
Select here to find other convict ships bringing detachments of the 57th regiment.
Harman Cochrane was employed as Surgeon Superintendent.
He was also previously employed as
surgeon on the convict ships
Mary in 1823 Mariner
in 1825 and the Boyne in
1826. On this voyage he kept a
Medical Journal from 24 December 1827 to 13 June 1828.
Three prisoners died on the passage out. - James Brennan aged
38 on 26 March 1828 ; John Dogherty aged 21 died on 21 May 1828;
Thomas Harrington died 16 May 1828. Private soldier Henry
Holgate was treated for a gun shot wound to the left wrist on 28th
The Mangles arrived in Port Jackson on 2nd June 1828, one
of the shortest runs made at the time.
The inclemency of the weather in Sydney
did not prevent the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay boarding the
Mangles on Thursday 5th June. Despite the rain he carried
out his duties, mustering the men prior to their dis-embarkation and
distribution. On Friday 13th June the prisoners were landed and
escorted to the Prisoners' Barracks in Hyde Park where they were
inspected by Governor Ralph Darling and afterwards distributed
throughout the Colony to districts including Wilberforce, Prospect,
Bathurst, Minto, Windsor, Sydney, Parramatta, Argyle, Wallis Plains,
Pattersons Plains and the Hunter Valley.
Thomas Tracey, aged 40, a physician from Kings County was the only
convict from the Mangles sent to Wellington Valley on
arrival. He died in Sydney Hospital 18 September 1828.
Approximately 65 prisoners have been identified in the
region in the following twenty years.
Notes & Links:
1). Seventeen convict ships
arrived in New South Wales in 1828 -
Marquis of Huntley,
Marquis of Hastings,
City of Edinburgh,
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Mangles in 1828
Newcastle in 1828
4). Voyages of the convict ship
Mangles included those in
An account of the trial of Thomas Tracy in the Freemans Journal.....Recorder's Court - From the sitting of the Court up to the hour of
two o'clock the Records and Jury were engaged with petty cases, not
worthy of publication. After which, Thomas Tracy was put to the Bar,
charged upon an indictment that he feloniously stole three yards of
linen cloth the property of Henry Tuthill. The prisoner, on being
called upon to plead, in a faltering and low voice, said that he was
guilty; but being subsequently required to withdraw his plea by
persons near him, he pleaded not guilty. On being asked if he was
ready for his trial, he replied in the negative, and requested, as
well as we were able to collect, a week's time. The Recorder
intimated to him, that unless legal cause were shown by affidavit
this day (Saturday), the trial should be forthwith proceeded on. We
understood from professional gentlemen convenient to us, that since
the occurrence of this lamentable affair, the appearance of the
prisoner had become careworn and haggard....Freemans Journal
Saturday November 17 1827.
Recorder's Court - On Friday, Doctor
Thomas Tracey, M.D. pleased Not Guilty to the indictment for
stealing in the shop of Mr. Tuthill. At the sitting of the Court on
Saturday. Mr. Hamilton said, he was desired by the prisoner to apply
to the court, to withdraw the plea of Not Guilty, which he had put
in on Saturday. After some observations from the Records, The
prisoner was again arraigned. The indictment was read to him. In it,
he stood charged for stealing three yards of linen, the property of
Henry Tuthill, of Dame street, and to which the prisoners pleaded
guilty. The Recorder then proceeded to give Judgment and sentenced
the prisoner to seven years transportation. - Freemans Journal
Monday November 19 1827
An account of the trial of Thomas Tracy
Sydney Gazette 21 March 1828......
Possible relative of
Thomas Tracy (Click to read full obituary)........
Return of Convicts of the Mangles assigned between 1st
January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 28
||Carman. Assigned to Lieutenant-Col
Parker at Airds
|Nathaniel (Nicholas) McGrain
||Nailer. Assigned to Robert Futter
||House carpenter. Assigned to Thomas
Icely at Bungarrabee
||Carter. Assigned to Thomas Campbell
at Upper Minto
7). Vessels bringing detachments
of the 57th Regiment........