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Convict Ship Maria


Embarked: 156 men
Voyage: 126 days
Deaths: 0
Surgeon's Journal: no
Captain Harris Walker
Surgeon Superintendent William Hamilton

The Maria was built at Gainsborough in 1798. Under command of Harris Walker, the Maria departed England on 10th August 1820 with 156 male prisoners bound for Van Diemen's Land.

Military Guard

The Military Guard consisted of a detachment of the 48th Regiment commanded by Lieutenant John Croker of that Regiment; Lieutenant Gordon of the 48th being also on board, proceeding to join his Regiment at Sydney.

Surgeon William Hamilton

William Hamilton was also employed as surgeon-superintendent on the Elizabeth in 1818 and the Norfolk in 1825


They sailed direct and arrived in Hobart on Friday 1 December 1820 with 156 male prisoners.

Notes and Links

1). Lieutenant John Croker was employed as Assistant Engineer and Superintendent of Public Works in Sydney 1821 - 1824 (Colonial Secretary's Correspondence)

2). Prisoners and passengers of the Maria identified in the Hunter Valley region