FAIRFOWL, George R.N., *2 June 1805
George Fairfowl received his first appointment as naval surgeon in
June 1805 and was employed on the
Alexandria in 1808.
He was included in the
Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814.
George Fairfowl was employed as surgeon superintendent on the following
convict ships -
1820. In 1820 he proceeded with Rev. Marsden to New Zealand on the
Dromedary where he prepared
sketches and maps of the Bay of Islands.
In 1823 he brought out
olive tree plants for Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur who in 1825 named
his third son George Fairfowl Macarthur
. After the voyage of the Royal Charlotte he
returned to England on the
Columbia departing on 8th March 1826. The Columbia
carried a full cargo including wool, blue gum planks, cedar, cocoa nut
oil and seal skins. Edward Sparke junior was also a passenger on the
Columbia. He returned to England on the Competitor
with Peter Cunningham in January 1824
in 1829. After this voyage he returned to England with samples of wool
In February 1830 after the voyage of the
Andromeda he returned to England on the
After the voyage
of the Clyde he returned to England on the Sovereign
departing in March 1833. Drs. Wilson and Logan also returned to England
on this vessel. It was later reported that Captain McKellar met with a
serious accident on this voyage - that of breaking one of his arms by a
fall on the quarter deck. Luckily Drs Wilson and Fairfowl were on board
and rendered their assistance to the Captain.
On his return to England after the voyage of the Hive
in 1834 he
evidence before the Select Committee as to the military
establishments in the colony.
- Proceedings of the first expedition, 1826 -
1830 under the command of Captain P. Parker King
George Fairfowl died on 24 June 1836 at Ayr, North Britain.
FERGUSON, Archibald R.N. *6 December 1814
Archibald Ferguson was included in the
Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814
Archibald Ferguson was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the
convict ship Jupiter to Van Diemen's Land in 1833 .
He kept a Medical Journal from 24 December 1832 to 1st June 1833.
John Ferrier was appointed assistant surgeon on the brig
Royalist on 12 December 1832.
John Ferrier was appointed surgeon to the Survey vessel Thunder
in 27 July 1841 (Nrth America and West Indies (Navy
He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict
ship Earl Grey to Van Diemen's Land in 1850.
He was appointed to the Flag Ship Impregnable in May 1851 (The
John Ferrier died in 1852.....
W.S. Fielding was employed as Surgeon on the
FISHER, Peter R.N., *11 September 1823
Peter Fisher was appointed Assistant Surgeon 11 August 1813
He was appointed Assistant Surgeon to the Salisbury in
He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the
convict ship Majestic in 1838. The Majestic
departed London 3 October 1838 and arrived in Van Diemen's
Land 22 January 1838
Peter Fisher was employed as surgeon
superintendent on the Runnymede in 1838.
information is from the
State Library of Victoria Catalogue: Sir John
Franklin served under Flinders on the Investigator, was a
polar explorer and Lieutenant-Governor of Tasmania, 1836-1843.
Lady Jane Franklin (1792-1875) was his second wife. Rev. John
Philip Gell (1816-98) was headmaster of Queen's School, Hobart
from 1839 and Warden of Christ's College from 1846. In 1849 he
married Eleanor Isabella Franklin (1825-60), daughter of Sir
John Franklin. Contents/Summary: The papers include : papers
of Rev. J.P. Gell and his wife including letters to Eleanor
Isabella from Sir John and Lady Franklin and papers about the
Queen's School and Christ's College. Correspondents include
Ronald C. Gunn of Hobart. Notebooks and diaries, including a
diary describing Gell's voyage to Van Diemen's Land on the
convict ship Runnymede in 1839-40.
Peter Fisher was on the list of
surgeons retired in 1864
FORMAN, George Ellery R.N., *13 September 1828
George Ellery Forman was
promoted from Surgeons Mate to the rank of assistant surgeon
in November 1822 (52).
The Morning Post
reported on 29th September 1828 that George Ellery Forman lately of the
Island of Ascension was appointed to the rank of surgeon. On 6th January
1829 he married Maria, the third daughter of Thomas Courthope at St.
Mary's Rotherhithe. (35)
He was employed as surgeon superintendent on the convict ships
which departed Dublin 23 June 1835 and arrived in Port Jackson 26th
October 1835; the
Platina departed London 3 May 1837 and arrived in (VDL)
22 October 1837; Pyramus departed Sheerness 22 November 1838
and arrived in VDL 24 March 1839
which departed Sheerness 10 July 1840 and arrived in Port Jackson 18
He was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy who were fit for
service in 1841.
In the 1851 Census George Ellery
Forman and his wife Maria can be found living at Northumberland Place Teignmouth.
Their children, daughters Anne age 15 (born at Portsea b.1836),
Mary age 13 (b. 1838), Alfred age 10 (b. 1841), Henry
age 8 (b. 1843) all born at Camberwell, Surry. Jessie age 7 (b. 1844)
was born at Teignmouth as were Sidney age 5 and William age 2. George
gives his occupation in the Census as General Practitioner.
In the 1861 the family are
still living at Teignmouth although at a different address, with their
children Mary Adderley Forman age 23, Jessie Hester Forman age 17, son
Sidney Mills Forman age 15, William Courthop Gardener Forman age 12
and three female servants. George Ellery Forman is stated to have been
born in Devonport.
George Ellery Forman
died on 30 March 1867 aged 67 years.(36). In the 1871 Census his widow
Maria is living in Camberwell. She gives her occupation as landed
proprietor. Four of her adult children Alfred age 30, Jessie age 27,
Sidney age 25 and William age 22 live with her and they have two
servants - a cook and a housemaid. Alfred works as an agent and
Sidney and William are bank clerks.
James Forrester was appointed assistant-surgeon
1813. He was appointed to the Morgiana
in this capacity in
1819 and was appointed to the Alacrity as Surgeon
in August 1823 (37).
It was reported in the Hampshire
Telegraph on 10th November 1823, that a Court Martial was
held on board the Queen Charlotte, (of which Capt.
Edward Brace, C.B. was President), for the trial of Mr. James
Forrester, Surgeon of his Majesty's sloop Alacrity, for
improper conduct during his attendance on the punishment of a
Marine, who was lately flogged round the Fleet, by having
given him a whole bottle of wine to drink, and shaking hands
with him. The charge not being proved, Mr. Forrester was
James Forrester was employed as surgeon
superintendent on the convict ship
which departed on 3rd October 1826 and arrived in Australia on
2 February 1827.
was appointed as surgeon to the
Ramillies guardship stationed off Deal in 1829. (possibly James)
He was employed as surgeon superintendent on
convict ship Southworth
which departed Cork on 6th February 1832 and arrived on 14th
June 1832. He kept a medical journal on this voyage, however
he was reprimanded by the Admiralty for the lack of
content......Inform Mr. Forrester that I am by no means
satisfied with the reasons he has given for inserting so few
cases in the journal, and that if anything of a similar nature
should again occur, the certificate to enable him to obtain
his pay will not be granted. There was little chance for
him to write a more detailed journal on the next voyage as he
was appointed surgeon to the ill-fated Amphitrite.
a convict transport engaged to take 1833 female prisoners to Van Diemens Land. The Captain, all the female convicts and all but
three of the crew as well as James Forrester and his wife,
lost their lives when the vessel was wrecked off Boulogne on
the afternoon of 31st August 1833. Some reports gave the
information that Forrester had wished to lower a boat to begin
taking the convict women on shore but his wife refused
accompany convict women and so the boat was not lowered......
In August 1834 the Sydney Gazette published an articles from
the Times on the treatment of female convicts on the voyage of
the Amphitrite from information received from one of
the surviving seamen......Read
the article here
FOX, George Irwin R.N., *11 August 1832
George Irwin Fox was appointed Assistant-Surgeon on 29 June
He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict
ship Kinnear in 1842. The Kinnear departed Dublin 10
July 1842 and arrived in Van Diemen's Land 23 October 1842.
He was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy in 1852.
was entered in the British
and foreign homeopathic medical directory and record for
Irwin Fox, 7 Flora Place, Union Street, Plymouth, Hampshire;
M.D., Glasgow 1837; M.R.C.S.L. 1825; formerly Surgeon Royal
He died at Bath of consumption age 50 in June 1856 (The Gentleman's
Letters of Administration of the Personal estate and effects
of George Irwin Fox late of Plymouth in the County of Devon M.D.
Surgeon on Half pay in Her Majesty's Navy a Bachelor deceased who
died 5 May 1856 at Bath in the County of Somerset left
unadministered by Jane Lewes Fox widow the mother and only next of
kin of the said deceased were granted at the Principal Registry to
Cornelius Fox of West Park Ivybridge in the county of Devon
aforesaid a Commander in Her Majesty's Navy the Brother of the
said deceased he having been first sworn. (England & Wales,
National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),
FRANCE, Campbell , R.N., *5 November 1823
Campbell France was appointed Assistant-Surgeon in the Royal
Navy on 9 November
On 8 September 1814 he was appointed Assistant-Surgeon to the
Leviathan, 74, Captain Thomas Briggs. Also employed as Assistant-Surgeon on the
Patrick Hill who had been appointed the previous year.
Many years before this the Leviathan had taken part
in the Battle of Trafalgar, however by the time Campbell France
was appointed to her she was
already twenty four years old and was close to the end of
her days. In 1814 the Leviathan had just returned
from the West Indies where 150 of the crew had been affected
with fever. She was quarantined on arrival in England and it
was after this that Campbell France was appointed to her.
The Lancaster Gazette reported in
October 1814 that Mr. George Canning, Ambassador to the Court at
Lisbon, was to take his departure from Portsmouth for Lisbon in
the Leviathan. (134)
On 4 November Mr. and Mrs .Canning, with four children and suite,
arrived at the Crown and Clarence Hotel in six carriages
with four horses each where they intended waiting until the
Leviathan was ready to embark. (135)
The Leviathan departed on the 8th November however was brought up
by contrary winds in Portland Roads. Her Royal Highness, Princess
Charlotte was enjoying a pleasure excursion on the Zephyr
nearby and paid a visit to the Cannings on the Leviathan.
Her Royal Highness was said to have been received on board with the most
distinguished marks of attention and every humour due to Royalty
The story of Princess
Charlotte's visit to the Leviathan was repeated in the
newspapers for months afterwards.
The Leviathan put into Plymouth on the
11th November because of contrary winds and left there on 20th
November 1814, bound for Lisbon. Mr. Canning disembarked
from the Leviathan in Lisbon on 4th December 1814.
In November 1815, the Leviathan was to convey her Royal
Highness Princess Caroline, wife of King George IV from Genoa
Details of the voyage were reported in Parliament when the
Pains and Penalties Bill was introduced to the British Parliament
in 1820 at the request of King George IV. The Bill aimed to
dissolve his marriage to Caroline of Brunswick, and deprive her of
the title of Queen of the United Kingdom.
Captain Thomas Briggs gave evidence before parliament.
The Leviathan was to remain in the Mediterranean in the
winter of 1815. (137). It is not known whether Campbell France and
Patrick Hill were still on the Leviathan when this most
famous incident occurred, however Patrick Hill departed Sheerness
as surgeon superintendent on the convict ship Atlas bound
for New South Wales in January 1816. Campbell France's next
appointment has not been traced. The Leviathan was fitted as a convict ship (Hulk) at
Portsmouth c. 1816.
Warships in the Age of Sail for more information about the
Campbell France was appointed Assistant-Surgeon to the Liffey,
in 1818 and was promoted to the position of Surgeon in January 1824 (141). He was appointed surgeon to the Grasshopper
in January 1824 (138). The Grasshopper. Capt. Aplin,
had just recently returned from Newfoundland. (139). She
departed in February however returned after being damaged in
gales in March. In April she was to accompany a convoy to
Gibraltar and return. (140). On 5th June 1824 it was announced that
the Grasshopper had departed for the Newfoundland
station. Campbell France was probably surgeon on the
Grasshopper at this time and accompanied her to
Campbell France was appointed Surgeon Superintendent on the
convict ships Asia to Van Diemen's Land in 1828,
to Van Diemen's Land in 1829 (he returned to England on this
vessel in March 1830) and
to NSW in 1831.
Campbell France and Patrick Hill were young men possibly about
18 or 19 when they were appointed Assistant-Surgeons to the
Leviathan in 1814 and it was a friendship that was to last
many years. The
State Library of NSW
holds correspondence written by Patrick Hill to Campbell France in
March 1833 when Campbell France was employed as surgeon on the
steam vessel Rhadamanthus in the West Indies. Hill’s letter concludes with general notes on
Governor [Sir Richard Bourke] is I believe pretty well liked
in the Colony. He has had another severe fall from his horse
which has confined him for several weeks’ and that there has
been ‘little or no bushranging for the last few months.’
letter was sent to London, and apparently carried privately as
there are no New South Wales stamps: the letter, after
travelling all the way to Falmouth, finally reached Campbell
France on board HM Steam Vessel Rhadamanthus in the West
On the return to England in 1835, the
left Port Royal on the 11th February and Bermuda on 4th March
1835. She experienced ten days of very severe weather on her
passage from the West Indies back to England, reaching there
on 6th April 1835.
More about the Rhadamanthus here
Campbell France's next appointment was Surgeon Superintendent to the
in 1835. The Mary Ann departed Sheerness
9th July 1835 and arrived in Port Jackson 26th October 1835. He
departed in March 1836 for England on the Aurija arriving in July
He was appointed Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship
in 1839. The John Barry departed Sheerness on 17
November 1838 and arrived in Port Jackson 22 March 1839. He returned
to England on the Andromache in July 1839. Surgeon
Harry Goldney also returned on this vessel.
Campbell France was appointed to the
in 1840. The King William departed 28 April
and arrived in Port Jackson 17 August 1840.
In November 1840 he was caring for passengers of the vessel Champion
who were held in quarantine in Sydney because of fever.
He returned to London on the barque Lord Eldon on 14th January
1841. Also returning to England on this vessel was Elizabeth Sophie,
the widow of Colonel Henry
In the 1841 Census which was taken on the evening of 6th June 1841,
Campbell France, surgeon, resided at St. Mary le Strand with another
surgeon Robert Newham, and gave his age as 40 and birthplace Scotland.
(*This may not be him as he would have been older than 40 years)
Campbell France was employed as Surgeon on the convict ship Isabella
to Van Diemen's Land in 1842. The Isabella departed Portsmouth
19 January 1842 and arrived in Van Diemen's Land 19 May 1842. He
departed from Sydney in August 1842 bound for England on the
He was on the List of Surgeons fit for service in 1843.
FULLER, Charles Henry
In 1842 Charles Henry Fuller was appointed Surgeon to the
Isis (Edinburgh Magazine)
The Morning Post reported on 29 June 1844 that the
Agincourt, Charles Henry Fuller, Surgeon Superintendent, was
lying off the Dockyard, Woolwich with detachments of the 58th
Regiment on board and was expected to receive from two hundred and
forty to two hundred and fifty convicts from the Millbank
Penitentiary to convey them to Australia. (sent to
Charles Henry Fuller was on the List of Deputy Inspectors
General of Hospitals and Fleets, Retired (23 January 1863)
He is listed in the
Medical Register 1865 - Residence 36 Durnford Street,
Mr. Fyfe was surgeon on the
Lady Shore which was conveying supplies and sixty six
female convicts to New South Wales. The Lady Shore was taken by
mutineers in 1797. Mr. Fyfe was described as an amiable young man
who was forcibly detained by the mutineers of the Lady Shore.....below
is an excerpt from the Historical Records of NSW in which is an
account of the mutiny......
The sea was still running very high,
although the wind had fallen. On the following day we had a fine
breeze from the northward and smooth water; had soundings about
forty five fathoms. At noon they informed us that they observed in
34 S. About 1pm they hoisted out the boat and got her rigged put
into her three small casks of water, containing about ninety
gallons, and four bags of bread. This they informed us was as much
provision as was necessary and, notwithstanding their former
promises, this was all we could obtain from them. The steward was,
however, fortunate enough to evade the search i the confusion, and
hove into the boat two cheeses, two hams, some pieces of beef
which he had got boiled for the purpose, and a small keg
containing about five gallons of rum.
They would give us no compass, and it was
with a great deal of entreaty that we obtained a quadrant. Had not
Mr. Drummond had a small picket compass fortunately in his
possession, we should not have known what to have done with the
boat. About half past 6 having put twenty nine persons, including
men women and children into the boat, with a few of our cloths we
put off from alongside. We lost sight of the ship about 8 o'clock
it being now dark. We cannot here omit mentioning how much poor
Mr. Fyfe, the surgeon, seemed affected at parting. -
Historical Records of NSW Volume 3 p. 396.
As for the Lady Shore with the
mutineers, 66 female convicts and the surgeon - they arrived in
the enemy Spanish port of Montevideo, Uruguay about 500 km (310
mi) south of Rio Grande where the mutineers were jailed, and the
female convicts placed in different homes throughout the town. It
is not known what became of surgeon Fyffe. He had not returned to
England by the time of the trial of Jean Provost for the murder of
Captain Wilcox in December 1799.
Select here to find out more about the Lady Shore