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Convict Ship Norfolk 1829 


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Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 91-93 days
Deaths: 0
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: America arrived 18 August 1829
Next vessel: John arrived 13 September 1829
Captain Alexander Greig
Surgeon Superintendent James Dickson
The Norfolk was built at Littlehampton in 1804.

Convicts were transported to New South Wales on the Norfolk in 1825, 1829, 1832 and 1837.

The Norfolk departed from Spithead on 23rd May 1829

James Dickson kept a Medical Journal from 28 April to 7 September. His cases included pleurisy, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, lumbago and rheumatism. There were few serious cases and in consequence he filled the blank pages of his journal with a meteorological record.  James Dickson was also surgeon on the convict ships Countess of Harcourt in 1824, Woodford in 1826 (VDL) and the Florentia in 1828.

The guard consisted of a detachment of the 63rd regiment., under command of Lieutenant Finley or Finling) of 13th regt., and Ensign Darling of the 63rd.,  + five women and three children. Select here to find convicts ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment.

The Norfolk arrived in Port Jackson on 27 August 1829. The Australian reported that this was one of the most rapid passages on record being only 91 days from Lands' End, Cornwall to Port Jackson. There were no deaths on the voyage and only one man, a soldier of the guard was sent to hospital in Sydney on arrival.

Passengers arriving on the Norfolk included Edward Hallan of surveyor's department.

On the afternoon of 31st August the guard disembarked and marched to their Quarters in the Military Barracks, preceded by the drums and fifes of the 39th Regiment. The following day, 1st September 1829, the convicts were mustered by the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay.  They were disembarked on Monday 7th September 1829.

On the Norfolk were several men who had been convicted of piracy. They were tried in Malta in 1828 and sentenced to transportation - Ghicas Bulgaris, Damianos Ninis, Nicholas Papendross, Costanios Strombolis, Androni Tumalonis, Jorgles Vassilochis and Androni Tu Malonis. These were the first Greek albeit unwilling immigrants to Australia. In a despatch dated 8th July 1836, they were granted Absolute Pardons and were free to return to Greece if they wished. Another early Greek immigrant was Katerina Georgia Plessos the wife of Magistrate Henry Crummer  

Notes & Links:

1). John Holden was one of the convicts who arrived on the Norfolk. He was 21 years old and had been tried in Sussex in March 1829 and sentenced to transportation for life for robbing a chapel. He already had two prior convictions at the time of his arrest. He was one of about 60 convicts assigned to the Hunter Valley area ........His colonial experience was probably fairly typical......


2). John Johnson also arrived on the Norfolk. He was 19 years old and had been sentenced to 7 years transportation for house robbery. He was a seaman and described as a mullato with dark curly hair and dark coloured skin. He was assigned to George Bowman at Richmond on arrival and later became part of one of the most infamous incidents in Australian Colonial history - the Myall Creek Massacre. He was executed in 1838.

3). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Norfolk in 1829

4). Return of Convicts of the Norfolk assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
William Abernethy Ropemaker assigned to Jacob Wyer in Sydney
James Hall Cabinet maker assigned to H.I Pilcher at Hunter's River
John Smithers Top and pit sawyer assigned to Dr. Forster at Field of Mars

5). 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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