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Convict Ship Thomas Harrison 1836 


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Embarked: 112 women
Voyage: 111 days
Deaths: 0
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 356
Previous vessel: Mary arrived 4 June 1836
Next vessel: Strathfieldsaye arrived 15 June 1836
Master Thomas O Harrison
Surgeon Superintendent Henry Gordon Brock

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The Thomas Harrison departed Cork on 19 February 1836 and arrived at Port Jackson on 9 June 1836 with 112 female prisoners, 29 children and 11 free women, wives of prisoners and 24 children.

Henry Brock kept a Medical Journal from 24 January 1836 to 23 June 1836. ............

Symptoms of measles made their full appearance amongst the free women early in March and spread from them to the convict children, notwithstanding the precautions adopted for its prevention by a constant attention to cleanliness, ventilation, fumigation and the separation of those affected from the rest, as far as circumstances would allow. One of the children taken off by this disease died in the inflammatory stage in consequence of the mother refusing to allow the application of blisters on the child and the adoption of other active remedies until it was too late.

The other three deaths were occasioned by diarrhoea consequent upon the attack of the measles. Having in previous journals fully detailed my sentiments respecting the conveyance of convicts, I have nothing further to add from the experience of the present voyage.

The women were landed at the Dock yard on Thursday 23rd June 1836 and were distributed to various applicants throughout the colony.

The Thomas Harrison departed the colony bound for Bombay in July 1836 and was in the vicinity of the 1834 massacre of the crew of the Charles Eaton in October. .........  

Henry Brock was also surgeon on the convict ships to Van Diemen's Land Marmion in 1828, Surry in 1829, the Argyle in 1831, the Lotus in 1833 and the William Metcalfe in 1834

The Thomas Harrison was one of five convict ships transporting female prisoners to New South Wales in the year 1836, the the others being the Henry Wellesley, Roslin Castle, Elizabeth and Pyramus. A total of 668 female prisoners arrived in the colony in 1836  

Notes and Links:

1). Mary Conway arrived as a convict on the Thomas Harrison. She deposited money in the Bank of New South Wales and is featured in the Reserve Bank of Australia's Exhibition - Hidden History of Banking

2). Margaret Ryan age 26 a dairymaid from Co. Clare absconded from her master W. M. Lewis in Sydney on 31st October 1836.

3). Bridget O'Brien age 22 also a dairymaid from Co. Clare absconded from S. Folke in Sydney on 31st October 1836.

4). Mary Heffernan a fruit dealer from Limerick absconded from H. McLean in Sydney on 31st October 1836.

5). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Thomas Harrison in 1836  


(1) Sydney Herald 27 October 1836  


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