Voyage: 126 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous voyage: Elphinstone
arrived 29 December 1838
Theresa arrived 31 January 1839
Captain Edward Canney
George Todd Moxey
Female Convict Ship Trail
Follow the Irish Convict Ship Trail
Margaret was built in Chepstow in 1829. Female prisoners
were transported to New South Wales on the Margaret in
1837, 1839 and
Margaret departed Kingstown, Ireland on 1st September 1838 and
came via the Cape touching there 14th November and arriving in Port
Jackson on 5 January 1839.
One hundred and sixty-six female
prisoners and 44 children, as well as 57 free women and children,
wives and daughters of convicts were embarked on the Margaret.
George Todd Moxey kept a Medical Journal from 20 July 1838
to 14 January 1839. 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
Stewart Elphinstone in 1849
Five ships transported
female convicts to New South Wales in 1839 the Margaret,
Mary Ann and
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