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Convict Ship Prince George 1837


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Embarked: 250 men
Voyage: 114 days
Tons 482
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Sarah & Elizabeth arrived 23 April 1837
Next vessel: Margaret arrived 30 May 1837
Captain Adolphus Holton

Surgeon Superintendent Thomas Bell
The Prince George was built at Bristol in 1830 by ship builder John Green.

The Prince George departed Torbay on 14th January 1837 and arrived in Port Jackson on 8th May 1837. Two hundred and forty four male prisoners arrived under the superintendence of surgeon Thomas Bell, six having died on the passage out.

The guard consisted of 29 rank and file of the 80th regiment under command of Lieut. Baxter and Ensign Foster; eight women and three children. Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 80th regiment.

Notes & Links:

1). There were possibly two different surgeon superintendents by the name of Thomas Bell. The signature on the medical journal of the Eliza, Prince George in 1837 and Portsea in 1838 are all similar. The signature on the medical journal of the Thames in 1829 (VDL) and the Edward in 1831 seem to have been signed by a different Thomas Bell.  

2). Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Prince George in 1837

3). Detachments of the 80th regiment arrived the Lady Kennaway, Lloyds, Norfolk, Bengal MerchantAsia, Captain Cook, Earl Grey, St. Vincent, John, Prince George, Mangles, Heber, Theresa, Calcutta and Eden    

4). Leaving Lincolnshire - In Chains written by David J. Porter tells the compelling tale of his ancestor, Lincolnshire farm labourer John Porter, who was accused of killing a sheep belonging to the local curate. John Porter was promptly convicted, on farcical evidence, and transported to Australia for life, leaving his wife and four young sons to manage without the breadwinner. John Porter was one of 244 convicts who arrived on the convict transport Prince George in May 1837. Leaving Lincolnshire - In Chains contains Dr. Bell's report of the voyage revealing much on the lives of convicts under his care. During the voyage of the Prince George over 200 of the convicts and many of the guard of the 80th regiment required medical treatment. Author David J. Porter has the full set of records left by Dr. Bell, which includes the name and age of the convict, illness, when each was taken off the sick list and the outcome of each case. With thanks to David Porter, select
HERE to find a list of the convicts and guard who were treated by Dr. Bell, together with a summary of the more serious cases

5).  Records of Bristol Ships, 1800-1838 (vessels Over 150 Tons) edited by Grahame E. Farr (scroll down).......



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