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Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 121 days
Deaths: 0
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 367
Previous vessel: Eliza arrived 6 September 1832
Next vessel: Hercules arrived 16 October 1832
Captain R.L. Frazer
Surgeon Superintendent Alick Osborne
The Planter was built at Lynn in 1829.  Convicts were transported to New South Wales on the Planter on this voyage in 1832 and 1839.

Prisoners came from districts throughout England - Surry, Sussex, Wiltshire, Oxford, Essex, Berkshire, London, Lancaster etc. A few had been court-martialled at Corfu and John Pearce a schoolmaster and missionary was tried at Sierra Leone.  As well as the usual farm labourers and shepherds there were also butchers, a game keeper, watchmaker, linen draper, coachman, jeweller, silk weaver, a miller and a doctor.

The Planter was delayed in Portsmouth for some time having been placed in quarantine after some of the prisoners were found to be suffering from cholera, and did not depart London until 15th June 1832.

The Guard included Lieutenants Bullin and Irvine of 38th regiment and 28 rank and file of the 4th regiment, 1 serjeant of 39th; 3 women and 1 child.  Mr. James Busby came cabin passenger. Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 4th regiment.

The Colonial Times, Hobart printed a review of Alick Osborne's Surgeon's Journal :

Mr. Osborne sailed from Portsmouth on the 15th June 1832 in the ship Planter of 368 tons, with 200 convicts for Sydney NSW. The first subject to which he refers is, naturally the treatment and behaviour of the convicts on board. On this subject we make the following extracts - 'On embarkation, the prisoners were surprised to find good biscuit, beef, port, pease, flour, raisins, lemonade, wine etc issued to them, in lieu of the coarse brown bread and indifferent beef sometimes supplied by contractors for the hulks. The convicts have hitherto behaved tolerable well, and are now beginning to enjoy themselves after the first brush of sea sickness. Having gone out with Irish convicts on a former occasion, I find a sad difference between the English and them. The one polished, artful, and vicious, poor Pat simple, innocent, and as tractable as a child, with a civil word you can do any thing with Paddy.

Select here to read an extract from Alick Osborne's Journal of the voyage of the Planter in 1832.

The Planter arrived in Port Jackson on 15 October 1832 with 200 male prisoners, none having died on the voyage out.  Alick Osborne had the gratification to be able to state in his journal that the prisoners were all disembarked in excellent health and condition, not one having been sent to hospital on arrival.

The convicts were mustered on board by the Colonial Secretary on 19th October 1832. The indents include the name, age, marital status, family, religion, education, native place, trade, offence, date and place of conviction, sentence, physical description and occasional information such as tickets of leave, date of death or colonial crimes. There is no information as to where or to whom the prisoners were assigned.

The men were to be landed on the morning of the 29th October.

Seventy six convicts of the Planter have been identified residing in the Hunter Valley region in the following years. One of the convicts, Benjamin Stanley was executed for the murder of Robert Campbell in 1844. Select here to find what happened to other convicts of the Planter.

Notes & Links:

1). Alick Osborne was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Lonach in 1825, Speke in 1826,  Sophia in 1829, Sarah in 1829, Fairlie in 1834, Marquis of Huntley in 1835 and the Elphinstone in 1838.

 Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 4th (King's Own) Regiment.....

Date/Place of Departure Convict Ship Officer  of the Guard
29 April 1831 Cork Jane Captain George Mason
17 July 1831 Portsmouth Surry Captain Waldron 38th regt.,
6 August 1831 Cork Asia Captain Richard Chetwode
15 October 1831 Norfolk Lieut. David William Lardy 4th regt.,
5 November 1831 Dublin Captain Cook Lieut. Gibbons 49th regt.,
27 November 1831 Portsmouth Portland  
27 November 1831 Cork Isabella Captain William Clarke 4th regt.,
14 December 1831 Dublin Bussorah Merchant Lieut. William Lonsdale 4th regt.,
7 February 1832 Downs John Lieut. George Baldwin 31st regt.,
15 March 1832 Portsmouth Lady Harewood Lieut. Lowth 38th regt.,
18 March 1832 Cork City of Edinburgh Lieut. Bayliss
9 May 1832 Portsmouth Clyde Lieut-Colonel Mackenzie
10 May 1832 Cork Eliza II Lieut. Hewson
16 June 1832 Portsmouth Planter Lieuts. Bullin & Irvine 38th regt.,
19 June 1832 Downs Hercules Lieut. Thomas Gibson 4th regt.,
1 July 1832 Dublin Dunvegan Castle Lieut. Thomas Faunce 4th regt.,
28 July 1832 Sheerness Parmelia Captain Young 38th regt.,
12 March 1833 Sheerness Waterloo Captain Mondilhan 54th regt.,

3).  Surgeon Alick Osborne's medical journal......


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