was the next convict ship to leave Ireland for New South Wales after
the departure of the
Margaret in April 1840.
The Guard for the Pekoe
consisted of 29 rank and file, 5 women and 11 children of 96th
regiment under orders of Lieut. Curren and Ensign Kenny. They were
received onto the Pekoe on the 3rd and 4th June 1840 and
left Deptford for Ireland on the 7th June.
Robert Bower kept a Medical Journal from 3 June to 12 November 1840.
On the 23rd June the Pekoe anchored in Kingstown Harbour, Dublin and two days
later 100 male prisoners were embarked. On the 27th June, eighty one
more were received on board together with two little boys, sons of
two of the prisoners. On the 29th June four of the prisoners
previously embarked were taken on shore again and three others were
sent in lieu of them, leaving on board 180 prisoners and the two
free little boys by the names of Matthew Woods (son of Michael Woods
of Co. Louth) and Patrick McArdle (son of James McArdle of Co.
Donegal). The Pekoe departed Dublin on the 10th July 1840.
By 13th September symptoms of scurvy were evident and they
into Simon's Bay where they remained a week.
There was a
great deal of boisterous rainy weather between the Cape of Good Hope
and St. Pauls and the ship was frequently very wet between the deck
from shipping seas.
The Pekoe arrived in Port
Jackson on 7 November 1840. The convicts were mustered on board the
vessel on Wednesday 11th November and landed on Thursday 12
187 men including 10 who had been embarked at the
Cape were marched to the Hyde Park Barracks. From there they were to
be transferred to the service of settlers to supply the urgent
demand for labour to assist in getting in the harvest.
Notes & Links:
Convicts / passengers arriving on the Pekoe in 1840
2). Convict ships
bringing detachments of the 96th regiment to New South Wales
included the Maitland,