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Convict Ship Marquis of Hastings 1828 


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Voyage: 104 days
Deaths: 0
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons 452
Crew 36 men
Previous vessel Competitor arrived 10 October 1828
Next vessel: Albion arrived 3 November 1828
Captain John Jeffrey Drake
Surgeon Superintendent William Rae
This was the third of five voyages of the Marquis of Hastings bringing convicts to Australia.

The Marquis of Hastings departed Portsmouth 30 June 1828 with 178 male prisoners. There were no deaths and Captain Drake reported that it was an excellent voyage.

William Rae was approximately forty-two years of age at the time of this voyage. He kept a Medical Journal from 23 May to 28 October 1828.

He also kept a Meteorological Register during the voyage commencing on 29 June at Portsmouth and finishing on 9th October in Sydney harbour. The weather and ship location of every day of the voyage was recorded in his journal - e.g. the convicts of the Marquis of Hastings, experienced on 12th September 1828, at lat. 40 4' and long 45 50', a dark and rainy day with strong gales from the north-east.

William Rae wrote in the General Remarks in his journal.......... (excerpt) ......In the preceding journal I have detailed every case which occurred on board during the voyage. There are none of them however, of much importance and the remarkable state of good health which we enjoyed during the whole voyage leaves me little room for pathological observation. Several times indeed I had not a man on the sick list, a regulated diet, exercise, clothing, cleanliness and ventilation were the only prophylactics necessary to ensure continuance of good health. In the three scorbutic cases it will be observed that their constitutions were previously debilitated by hard living and the meteorological table will show that the weather frequently compelled me to keep the prisoners below and by coping with closed hatches in an atmosphere less dry than I could have wished, and consequently favourable to the production of scurvy, particularly in such cases as I have related. Still by taking advantage of every dry day together with the ample means placed at my disposal the disease was successfully combated......

These, gentlemen are the only observations which I have at present to offer, whilst we remain in a state of health, the dull monotony of a sea life, cooped up from all the world, affords little scope for much observation. Suffice it to say in conclusion, therefore, that the provisions and other articles put on board were all of a good quality and regularly supplied by the master of the ship from whom, and his officers I received every assistance in the execution of my duty and it is but Justice to the Master to observe that his ship was clean, well managed and in every respect superior to the majority of ships employed in this service.

Passengers on the Marquis of Hastings included Colonel Allen 57th regiment and family. Steerage passengers included Ann Driscol and Harriet Amos, servants to Colonel Allen.  

The guard comprised detachments of 57th and 63rd regts., 5 women and 10 children. The husband of Esther Bowman was to make the voyage as a seaman on the Marquis of Hastings. Esther Bowman arrived with their four children as a convict on the Competitor.

The Marquis of Hastings arrived in Port Jackson on 12 October 1828. A Muster was held on board on 15th October by Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay. Three men were sent to hospital on arrival. The indents include information such as Name, Age, Education, Religion, Marital Status, Family, Native Place, Trade, Offence, When and Where Tried, Former convictions, Physical Description and to whom Assigned.  

Notes and Links:

1). Image of Convicts going on board a prison ship in Portsmouth Harbour c. 1828. Artist William Edward Cooke

2). Convict John Richardson from Essex who was sentenced to 7 years transportation for pig stealing was executed for bushranging on 5 August 1833.

3). Charles Westbury became a bushranger in the 1830's. Several of his companions were executed in 1831. Select here to find out more.

4). William Watt whose words and deeds reverberated throughout the colony in the 1830s arrived as a convict on the Marquis of Hastings.

5). Select here to read about the punishment that Francis Hayes endured at Windsor in 1833.

6). William Rae was employed as surgeon on the convict ships Eliza in 1822 Isabella in 1823, Marquis of Huntley in 1826, and Prince Regent in 1827

7). The Marquis of Hastings transported convicts to Australia in 1826 (NSW), 1827 (NSW), 1828 (NSW), 1839 (VDL) and 1842 (VDL).

8). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Marquis of Hastings in 1828

9). Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1828 - Florentia, Elizabeth, Marquis of Huntley, Hooghly, Morley, Asia, Mangles, Borodino, Phoenix, Bussorah Merchant, Countess of Harcourt, Competitor, Marquis of Hastings, Albion, City of Edinburgh, Eliza, Royal George

10).  Return of Convicts of the Marquis of Hastings assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 28 June 1832).....
Henry Brown Painter's boy assigned to H. McArthur at Parramatta
Henry Fowler Blacksmith assigned to Thomas Icely at Bathurst
Bigley Hermitage Boatman assigned to R. Lambert jun. at Bathurst
John Kennedy Ironfounder assigned to John Thomson at Maitland
John Marsh Stone cutter assigned to W.C. Wentworth at Vaucluse
James Matthews Ploughman. Assigned to George Bowman at Richmond

11). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 57th Regiment........

Date/Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
29 October 1824 Cork Asia 1825 Captain Richard Heaviside
5 January 1825 Portsmouth Asia 1825 (III) Lieutenant Thomas Bainbridge
5 January 1825 Portsmouth Royal Charlotte 1825 Major Edmund Lockyer
5 January 1825 Cork Hooghley 1825 Captain Patrick Logan
17 April 1825 Portsmouth Norfolk 1825 Captain James Brown
17 April 1825 Portsmouth Minstrel 1825 Lieutenant Henry John Tudor Shadforth
16 May 1825 Cork Lonach 1825 Lieutenant John William Donelan
11 July 1825 Cork Sir Godfrey Webster 1826 Lieutenant John Ovens
2 August 1825 Downs Medway 1825 (VDL) Lieutenant William Bates
5 August 1825 Dublin Henry Porcher 1825 Captain Vance Young Donaldson
22 August 1825 Portsmouth Marquis of Hastings 1826 Ensign Stewart
23 October 1825 Cork Mangles 1826 Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Shadforth
30 November 1825 Portsmouth Sesostris 1826 Major John Campbell
11 June 1827 London Prince Regent 1827 Lieutenant Campbell
3 November 1827 Dublin Morley 1828 Captain Robert Hunt
11 February 1828 Cork Borodino 1828 Captain Philip Aubyn
23 February 1828 Dublin Mangles 1828 Lieut. Hill & Adjutant Lieut. Kidd
27 March 1828 London Bussorah Merchant 1828 Captain Burton Daveney (+ 1 soldier)
30 June 1828 Portsmouth Marquis of Hastings 1828 Ensign Stulbmer
23 November 1828 London Asia 1828 Lieutenant George Edwards

Convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment -

Date/ Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
3 May 1828 London Countess of Harcourt Lieutenant Christopher Dexter
1 June 1828 Sheerness Albion Lieutenant M. Vickery
29 June 1828 London Eliza Major Sholto Douglas
30 June 1828 London Marquis of Hastings Ensign Stulbmer
26 August 1828 Spithead Royal George Captain J. Briggs
1 September 1828 Devonport Vittoria Lieutenant Aubyn
21 September 1828 Cork Governor Ready Lieutenant J. Gibbons Lane
16 November 1828 Dublin Ferguson Captain D'Arcy Wentworth
2 January 1829 Falmouth Mellish Captain Baylee
5 January 1829 London Lord Melville Lieut-Col. Burke
14 March 1829 London Waterloo Lieutenant T. Grove
8 April 1829 Woolwich America Adjutant T. Montgomery
22 May 1829 Spithead Norfolk Ensign W.J. Darling
12 July 1829 Dublin Guildford Lieut McLean 89th
16 August 1829 Cork Larkins Captain Mahon
24 August 1829 London Claudine Captain Paterson
29 August 1829 London Sarah Lieutenant Croly
30 September 1829 Dunvegan Castle Lieutenant John Gray
14 October 1829 Spithead Katherine Stewart Forbes Major Fairtclough



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