|The William Jardine commenced
loading in England on 8th October 1837 and a detachment of the 51st
regiment was ordered to be at Dublin on the 8th November in
readiness to embark.
The William Jardine departed
Kingstown, Dublin on 28 November 1837 and arrived in Port Jackson on
11 April 1838.
The Guard consisted of Captain Austin of 51st
regt., Ensign Cormick of 28th regt., 28 rank & file of 28th and
51st, 7 free women, 7 women and 6 children.
Included in the
steerage passengers of the
William Jardine were several relatives of various convicts
already in the colony who had been recommended for a passage to New
South Wales (1).....
Owen Smith age 15, son of Patrick
Smith, (the wife of Patrick Smith and their four other children came
on the Diamond.)
John Nunan age 21,
Connor Galvin 27,
John MacNamara and
The Sydney Gazette reported that on her voyage
the William Jardine spoke H.M.S. Conway from
Sydney to Hobart and a ship off Howe's Island, bound to Sydney from
On arrival the William Jardine was
compelled to anchor near Watson's Bay in consequence of the
unfavourable state of the weather. The convicts were probably
mustered on board in the days after arrival. The convict
indents are printed and in alphabetical order. Copies of these
volumes were distributed throughout the colony as a means of keeping
track of convict movement and crimes. They provide such information
as name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native
place, offence, trade, when and where tried, previous convictions
and physical descriptions. There is no information as to where and
to whom the prisoners were assigned.
Seventeen of the
prisoners were formerly soldiers who had been court-martialled for
desertion or insubordination. .....James Bennet, Archibald Clarke,
Alexander Dogherty, William Gentle, John Keany, Thomas Lowe,
Alexander McClutock, Daniel McGuiggan, Thomas Mahon, James Morton,
William Murnane, George Newlands, William Pearson, Thomas Smith,
William Sutton, Robert Wilson and William Wright. Their indent
numbers are consecutive indicating that they were mustered together.
There is no surgeon's journal listed at the National
Archives for this voyage. At least one convict, Thomas
McKeon died on the voyage out. Another Thomas Carroll died in Sydney
Hospital on 2nd May 1838.
The William Jardine was
to leave for Batavia on 9th May 1838
Notes & Links:
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the William
Jardine in 1838
2). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 51st
regiment include the Neptune,
John Barry and the
Convict ships bringing detachments of the 28th regiment included the
Marquis of Huntley,
4). Richard Lewis was formerly
employed as surgeon on the convict
Morley in 1829.
(1) Convict Ship Musters
and Related Records (Ancestry)