He inspected the women at the jail in Dublin on
23 August 1838 prior to embarkation and was highly pleased at their
clean and healthy appearance. Most of the prisoners were young and
robust, the free women were more aged.
He remarked that the
total number of women was 269, and the Margaret
being a vessel of
only 364 tons, conditions were crowded. He endeavoured to impress
upon them the necessity for their own health and comfort of keeping
their berth places clean, dry and airy and by issuing gratuities of
tea and sugar to the cleanest and best regulated messes. He
maintained strict although mild discipline and in a short time the
women became a well behaved, obedient and orderly set of women.
Cabin Passengers included
Rev. Frederick Wilkinson
and Mrs. Wilkinson who were returning
to the colony from England.
George Moxey was
also employed as surgeon on the convict ships
in 1840, Susan
in 1842 (VDL) and the
Five ships transported
female convicts to New South Wales in 1839 the Margaret
total of 727 female prisoners arrived in the colony in 1839.
Notes and Links:
1). Some of the free women and children who arrived
on the Margaret
can be found in Wives & Children of Irish Convicts
Petitioned by Husbands and Fathers. CD-ROM.
Coast Family History Society Inc
. East Gosford, New South Wales.
An index of this CD can be found on Ancestry.
Convicts and passengers arriving on the Margaret in 1839
George Todd Moxey
was born on 5 September 1801, son of Benjamin Solomon
Moxey and Jane Todd. He was Christened on 14 Oct 1801 at
Athelstaneford, East Lothian Scotland.
In 1819 he was on the list of Gentlemen who appeared
before the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and produced
certificates of their completing the course of Study prescribed
by the College and been admitted on examination. He was fully qualified to
practice the arts of Anatomy, Surgery and Pharmacy and received a diploma
In 1821 he was on
list of Gentlemen who were conferred the degree of Doctor in Medicine
having gone through their appointed examinations and publicly defended
their Inaugural Dissertations: - Puerperatum Hysteritide -
In November 1822 George Todd Moxey was promoted from
Surgeon's Mate to Assistant surgeon (52) and
then surgeon on 20 August 1829.
He was appointed to the
Samarang in 1831 which was ordered home in 1834.
George Todd Moxey
was next appointed to the
which departed Sheerness 12 October 1839 and arrived in Port Jackson
26 February 1840. His next appointment was to the Susan which
departed Plymouth 24 April 1842 and arrived in Van Diemen's Land 25 July
His last appointment on a vessel to Australia was the
Mount Stewart Elphinstone which departed England on 26th May 1849 and
brought prisoners to Moreton Bay.
He was on the list of Surgeons of the Royal Navy, retired in 1864.
He is listed in the
Medical Register 1865. Residence: 11 Mansion House Road, Grange
Edinburgh. Qualifications Lic. Royal College Susrgeons Edinburgh 1819. M.D.
University Edinburgh 1821.
George Moxey and his wife Isabella can be found in the 1881 Census residing
at 11 S. Mansionhouse Edinburgh with 1 servant. His occupation is given as
retired Staff Surgeon R.N. George is 79 and Isabella 74. He died soon