Freeman's Journal reported on 11th October 1833 that the first
guard of 29 rank and file of the 50th regiment embarked on board the
Parmelia at Deptford on the 28th September, under the
command of Major Joseph Anderson and Ensign Campbell.
Passengers included Mrs. Anderson and 4 children, 8 women and 15
The Parmelia was at Plymouth on 9th
October and arrived at Cork by the 15th October to embark convicts
for transportation to New South Wales. They departed Cork
on 29th October 1833.
Anthony Donaghue kept a Medical Journal
from 18 September 1833 to 20 March 1834. His first case on the sick
list was dated 5th October 1833 when he treated Major Joseph Anderson who was suffering with rheumatism.
The Parmelia arrived in
Port Jackson on Sunday 2 March 1834. While still on board on
Wednesday 5th March, the prisoners were mustered for the purpose of
taking their descriptions prior to disembarkation and assignment.
They were described in the newspapers as a healthy,
robust set of men, mostly field labourers. The editors must
have missed seeing Thomas Baldwin who was 62 years old and according
to the surgeon, a perfect skeleton by the time he arrived. He was
sent to Sydney Hospital on arrival however died there nine days
later. Two prisoners died on the voyage out.
6th March the troops of the guard of the Parmelia were landed and immediately marched to
Liverpool. Detachments of the 50th
Regiment also arrived on the Surry,
Henry Tanner and
The prisoners were landed at the
Dock Yard in the early hours of Saturday morning the 8th March, and
forwarded to Hyde Park Barracks for distribution. On Saturday 22
March the Sydney Gazette reported that a great number of the
prisoners were forwarded to the interior by the settlers who had
attended the previous Thursday's market. ....
of 218 male convicts who arrived by the Parmelia......
203 assigned to private service;
3 sent to Mineral Surveyor's
1 to the Master Attendant Dept;
3 in hospital;
unfit for assignment;
4 sent to Port Macquarie (specials);
sent to Carter's Barracks.
Notes and Links:
1). Convict John Tighe was on a
Colonial Office list of thirteen people who applied for their
families sent to New South Wales.........
2). The Parmelia was to sail to India in company
with the Fairlie and Lady Hayes early in April.
3). Major Joseph Anderson was appointed Commandant at
Norfolk Island in 1834 replacing
Colonel J.T. Morisset. He remained there until February 1839.
4). Anthony Donoghoe was also surgeon on the convict ships
City of Edinburgh
in 1832, Hive in 1835 and
the Calcutta in 1837
5). Reprieve - Thomas McEvoy, sen., Thomas McEvoy jun.,
Michael White and Michael Fitzpatrick, sentenced for execution at
Clonmel, for shooting at William Crawford, have been respited, and
their sentences are commuted to transportation for life - Freemans
Journal 13 August 1833
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Parmelia in 1834