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Convict Ship Royal George 1828 


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Embarked: 160 men
Voyage: 120 days
Deaths: 2
Surgeon's Journal:
Previous vessel: Eliza arrived 18 November 1828
Next vessel: Governor Ready arrived 16 January 1829
Master Robert Embledon
Surgeon Superintendent
William Gregor 

The Royal George was a two-decker of 486 tons, built at Hull in 1820, copper-sheathed in 1831, and owned by Samuel Moates of 49 Lower Shadwell.

The Royal George departed Spithead on Tuesday 26 August 1828 with 160 prisoners and arrived in Port Jackson on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1828.

The Guard consisted of Captain Briggs and 30 men of the 63rd regiment, accompanied by three women and two children.  Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment.

Edward Deas Thomson, Clerk to the Councils, Mr. Hensord of the Commissariat, Mr. and Mrs. Bohen (possibly surgeon of the 63rd regiment) and Mr. Embleton and a Gentleman for the medical services, all arrived as a passengers on the Royal George.
Shortly after Mr. Deas Thomson went ashore, he was received at the Colonial Secretary's Office by Alexander McLeay and the two gentlemen later dined together.

William Gregor was employed as surgeon superintendent, his third voyage in that capacity.  He kept a medical journal from 15 July 1828 to January 1829. Two men died on the voyage out -  John Howard and Matthew Knight. 

The first page of the Surgeon's Journal has the note: As this surgeon is in a state of derangement or imbecility of mind, let this Journal be passed. William Gregor was also employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Medina in 1825 (to VDL) and the Cambridge in 1827.

Notes & Links:

1). Return of Pardons granted in 1870....  

Sir Edward Deas Thomson - Wikipedia

2). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Royal George in 1828

3). Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1828 - Florentia, Elizabeth, Marquis of Huntley, Hooghly, Morley, Asia, Mangles, Borodino, Phoenix, Bussorah Merchant, Countess of Harcourt, Competitor, Marquis of Hastings, Albion, City of Edinburgh, Eliza and  Royal George

4). Captain Briggs of the 63rd regiment was Commandant at Macquarie Harbour in 1829 when the Cyprus at Recherche Bay was seized by convicts.....  

Tasmanian Journal of Natural Science, Agriculture, Statistics, Etc, Volume 1 By Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science

5).  Return of Convicts of the Royal George assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 28 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
William Faulkener Bricklayer assigned to John Wood at Maitland
William Lenford Brass founder assigned to W.D. Tarlington at Prospect
Robert Phillips Labourer and shepherd assigned to William Prentice at Maitland

6). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment -

Date/ Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
3 May 1828 London Countess of Harcourt Lieutenant Christopher Dexter
1 June 1828 Sheerness Albion Lieutenant M. Vickery
29 June 1828 London Eliza Major Sholto Douglas
30 June 1828 London Marquis of Hastings Ensign Stulbmer
26 August 1828 Spithead Royal George Captain J. Briggs
1 September 1828 Devonport Vittoria Lieutenant Aubyn
21 September 1828 Cork Governor Ready Lieutenant J. Gibbons Lane
16 November 1828 Dublin Ferguson Captain D'Arcy Wentworth
2 January 1829 Falmouth Mellish Captain Baylee
5 January 1829 London Lord Melville Lieut-Col. Burke
14 March 1829 London Waterloo Lieutenant T. Grove
8 April 1829 Woolwich America Adjutant T. Montgomery
22 May 1829 Spithead Norfolk Ensign W.J. Darling
12 July 1829 Dublin Guildford Lieut McLean 89th
16 August 1829 Cork Larkins Captain Mahon
24 August 1829 London Claudine Captain Paterson
29 August 1829 London Sarah Lieutenant Croly
30 September 1829 Dunvegan Castle Lieutenant John Gray
14 October 1829 Spithead Katherine Stewart Forbes Major Fairtclough



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