The Guard for the Middlesex was commanded by Lieutenant
Murray of the 50th regiment, Ensign Scott of 51st regiment; 1
serjeant and 27 rank and file of the 51st regiment with their
wives and children. (2)
Cabin passengers included Mr. Symonds and Mr. Uniacke.
departed Dublin 6 July 1839.
Baird kept a Medical Journal from 1st June 1839 to 1st February
1840. Two hundred prisoners + 1 man from Mauritius came under his
care. There were about five convicts who fell victim to
dysentery. The only instance of scurvy was in that of a man who was
suffering from mental illness and refused to eat fresh provisions
when they were available, imagining that any change from the general
diet of the convicts was from some design against his life.
There were rumours that the Middlesex had been lost at sea
when her arrival in Port Jackson was delayed because of damage
received in a storm near the equator.
The Sydney Herald reported the arrival.....The Middlesex arrived
from Dublin on Saturday 25th January 1840, with one hundred and
ninety-four convicts, under the superintendent of Dr. Baird. R.N.
This vessel made the longest passage that has been made by any
vessel lately, having sailed so long ago as the 6th July, six months
and a half since. In consequence of the length of the voyage, the
vessel was obliged to put in to Port Louis, Mauritious for
provisions and water, she arrived there, November 25 and sailed
December 14. In the early part of the voyage the Middlesex
encountered some very heavy gales, in which she lost her fore and
main topmasts, and one man was lost. During the passage, eight
convicts died and one boy (an apprentice who was lost overboard
during the gale; a larger number than has been the case in any
convict ship within our recollection.(1)
Notes & Links:
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Middlesex in
ships bringing detachments of the 51st regiment included the Neptune,
Waverley and the
Sydney Herald 27 January 1840