|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.
were landed at the Dock yard on Thursday 23rd June 1836 and were
distributed to various applicants throughout the colony.
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. ¹.........
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
Thomas Harrison was one of five convict ships transporting
female prisoners to New South Wales in the year 1836, the
the others being the
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
3). Bridget O'Brien age 22 also
a dairymaid from Co. Clare absconded from S. Folke in Sydney on 31st
4). Mary Heffernan a fruit dealer from
Limerick absconded from H. McLean in Sydney on 31st October 1836.
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Thomas Harrison
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