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Convict Ship Minerva 1800


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Embarked:  165 men; 26 women

Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Hillsborough arrived 26 July 1799
Next vessel: Next vessel: Friendship arrived 16 February 1800
Captain Joseph Salkeld.
Surgeon John Washington Price
1st mate Henry Harrison

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The Minerva departed Cork in convoy on 24 August 1799.

The wife of Captain Hugh Reed of the Friendship accompanied her husband on the voyage to New South Wales. She kept a journal of the voyage:

"24th August. The signal for sailing was made from his Majesty's ship Dryad, and repeated by the Revolutionaire frigate, who was to convoy us; and the ship Minerva, Captain Salkeld, who also had prisoners on board for New South Wales.

We left Cork harbour with a large fleet who were bound to America and the West Indies. On the third day after leaving Ireland, the different convoys separated. "

The Minerva and Friendship kept company until 14th September.....

"The commodore made the signal that he would part company that evening, but would lie to until four o'clock for our letters; in consequence of which all were busy preparing to write to their friends. Sent the letters on board (the Minerva) and parted with them. We kept company with the Minerva until next day, when as she sailed much faster than the Friendship, and Captain Salkeld thought it eligible to make the best of his way and left us to pursue the voyage alone. "

The Minerva arrived in Port Jackson 11 January 1800.
One hundred and sixty-five male convicts and 26 female convicts arrived on the Minerva. Three prisoners had died on the passage out. The convict indents particularly noted some of the men who had been involved in the rebellion in Ireland and who had been transported for life - Thomas Maxwell, William Mahony, Edward Gibbons, Thomas Higgins, Nathaniel Connaghan, Martin Haden, Edward O'Hara, Peter McIvers, Bryan Connor, Florence McCarty, William Henry Alcock, Joseph Holt, Samuel Culley, Bryan Daly, James Harrold and Andrew Byrne*. Joseph Holt

The Military Guard comprised a detachment of the 102nd regiment commanded by Lieutenant William Cox who had particular charge of the political prisoners. Lieutenant Cox was accompanied by his wife and four sons. 

Stores included 25 pipes spirits, 6 tons sugar, 20 cases glass, 4 casks ironware, 5 casks molasses, 60 pieces Irish linen, 4 boxes coffee, 150 bales Rio tobacco, 2 trunks shoes, 20 casks provisions, 15 furkins butter, 1 box hair powder, 4 pipes port wine.

The Minerva departed Port Jackson bound for Bengal in April 1800.

Notes and Links:

1). *Andrew Byrne died in April 1863 and was buried in the old Devonshire cemetery. His epitaph read: "He was a native of the County of Wicklow, Ireland, and arrived in this colony as a patriot of his country in the year 1800.(Sydney Morning Herald 7 February 1901)

2). James Bull arrived as a free passenger on the Minerva. (CSI)

3). Find out more about rebel Thomas Brady who arrived as a convict on the Minerva

4). William Maum - The History of Ireland by Francis Peter Plowden

5). Edward McRedmond.....George Rudé in Protest and Punishment: The Story of the Social and Political Protesters Transported to Australia traced the life of Edward Mc Redmond - from being an illiterate labourer in King's county who came to Australia at the age of 32, had by middle age become a wealthy landowner and highly respected citizen of Sydney. He started as a small dealer in the city around 1803 and in 1809 acquired a wine and spirit license as well as a grant of 135 acres of land. In 1815 in partnership with Patrick Cullen, he leased the profitable tolls between Sydney and Parramatta. A year later, he became one of the original shareholders of the Bank of New South Wales. He extended his holdings in land and when he died in 1840 he left his widow and children farms at Bathurst, Bingham, Annandale and on the Hawkesbury River as well as houses at Windsor and Liverpool and three at Sydney. More about Edward McRedmond at Australian Dictionary of Biography

6). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Minerva in 1800

7). There were five Convict Ships arriving in New South Wales in 1800 - Porpoise,  Minerva, Friendship, Speedy and Royal Admiral.

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9). Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Minerva:
Name Convicted Location NSW
Thomas Brady Wicklow Newcastle
Denis Connel/?Kenneally Cork Newcastle
William Heffard Kildare Newcastle
John Kennedy Queens County -
Joseph McKinley Monaghan Newcastle
John Pendergast Dublin -
William Russell Dublin -

10).  Colonial Events 1800


11).  Political Prisoners

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