Convict Ship Sesostris 1826
|Embarked: 150 men
Voyage: 111 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Mangles
arrived 18 February 1826
Lady Rowena arrived 17 May
Master J.T. Drake
Surgeon Superintendent John Dulhunty
Sesostris was built at Hull in 1807.
Post reported in November 1826 -
November - It has blown very hard all the day; the outward bound
remain all well. The Hope from Exmouth to London got on shore on
Bambridge Ledge this morning, knocked her rudder off and is leaky;
in making for the harbour accompanied by two pilot boats, she ran on
board the Sesostris, for New South Wales, and carried away her
It didn't take
long to make the necessary repairs and the Sesostris
departed Portsmouth on Wednesday 30 November 1825. She was the next
convict ship to leave England for New South Wales after the
departure of the Marquis of Hastings in August 1825.
Passengers included Mr. J. Dulhunty, Mrs. Dulhunty, Miss Dulhunty,
Mr. J.B. Clay, and Mr. N. Eise together with 8 women and 12 children
belonging to the troops.
John Dulhunty kept a Medical
Journal from 5th November 1825 to 22 March 1826.
detachment of the 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Infantry
embarked on the Sesostris on 26th November 1825 at
Portsmouth. They were under the orders of Major John Campbell and
Ensign Benson. Some of the
soldier's mentioned in the surgeon's journal included:
Private G. Farnham,
Private Samuel Fairman,
Private Mark Lane,
Private E. Jennings,
Private J. Steadman,
Private S. Hardcastle,
Private D. Mitchell,
The wife of Private Hynes gave
birth to a daughter in the ship hospital which had been divided off
from the sick men as the soldier's berth was even more crowded.
of the 57th joined its Corps by the Sesostris.
Select here to find convict ships
bringing detachments of the 57th regiment
The Sesostris sailed direct without making any
stops and arrived in Port Jackson on Tuesday morning 21 March
1826, a voyage of 111 days.
Advantages of various routes of convict ships)
of 147 convicts was held on board by Colonial Secretary Alexander
McLeay on 22nd March 1826. Three convicts had died on the voyage
out. - George Archer, William Bray alias Irish and George Milford.
Nine were sent to the hospital in Sydney on arrival including James
Briggs from Essex, Robert Brown from Suffolk, James Cotterill from
Warwickshire, Edward Edgar from Sussex, William Geary from Suffolk,
William Hanson, Thomas Joggins or Giggins from Essex.
Convict Indents include the name, age, religion, education, marital
status, family, native place, trade, offence, date and place of
trial, sentence, prior convictions, physical description, remarks
and to whom assigned on arrival. There is also occasional
information about deaths, pardons, prior convictions etc. Some of
those sent to the Hunter river district straight from the ship were
assigned to settlers John Laurio Platt,
Melville Winder and Edward Gostwyck Cory.
James Dennison was the youngest prisoner on board at fifteen
years of age.
The Sesostris departed for New
Zealand on 11th April 1826.
Notes and Links:
1). More about the Sesostris at
Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Sesostris in 1826
3). Major John Campbell was appointed Commandant at Melville
Island and sailed with a detachment of the 57th on the schooner
Isabella in August 1826 to relieve Major Barlow and a
detachment of the Buffs. He returned to Sydney with the detachment
on the brig Governor Phillip in
Uniform relics of the 57th Regiment from the site of Fort Dundas,
Melville Island, September 1826-1829 - State Library of NSW
5). Position of Sesostris Reef 1826......
6). Robert Bale (Ball) a shipwright and carpenter from
Devonshire was convicted of arson in London on 2nd December 1824. He
was sentenced to transportation for life and was received on to the
York Hulk on 8th March 1825. He was transferred to the
Sesostris on 16th November 1825. On arrival in Sydney he was
assigned to the Dockyard. He made his escape from the colony on the
Indian in August 1826.
7). Joseph Headley was tried
on 12 April 1825. He returned to England and was later
re-transported on the
for another crime.
8). William Harris was suspected of
having been transported previously. He escaped from the colony and
was re-transported on the
Lady Feversham in 1830.
9). James Pickup gave his
occupation as Labourer and Executioner.
A Journal of a voyage to the Cape of Good Hope and Bombay in the
Ship Sesostris by James Smith, 1829-1831
convict ships brought prisoners to New South Wales in 1826 -
Marquis of Hastings,
Transcription of the Medical Journal - Voyage of the Sesostris - UK
13). Return of Convicts of the Sesostris assigned between 1st January 1832 and
31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 5 July
||Tailor assigned to John Howe at
||Tailor assigned to R. Samuel at
Vessels bringing detachments of the 57th
Morning Post 30 November 1825