|Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 121 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Eliza arrived
6 September 1832
Hercules arrived 16 October 1832
Captain R.L. Frazer
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
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.
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ships bringing detachments of the 4th regiment.
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
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
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.
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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,
Huntley in 1835 and the
Elphinstone in 1838.
Convict Ships bringing
detachments of the 4th (King's Own) Regiment.....
Date/Place of Departure
of the Guard
|29 April 1831
|17 July 1831
Waldron 38th regt.,
|6 August 1831
Lardy 4th regt.,
Gibbons 49th regt.,
William Clarke 4th regt.,
William Lonsdale 4th regt.,
George Baldwin 31st regt.,
|15 March 1832
||Lieut. Lowth 38th regt.,
|18 March 1832
|9 May 1832
|10 May 1832
|16 June 1832
& Irvine 38th regt.,
|19 June 1832
Thomas Gibson 4th regt.,
|1 July 1832
Thomas Faunce 4th regt.,
|28 July 1832
|12 March 1833
Mondilhan 54th regt.,
Osborne's medical journal......