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William Barrett Marshall
Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

WILLIAM BARRETT MARSHALL was appointed Assistant-Surgeon in the Royal Navy on 10 June 1824.

In 1832 he was employed as assistant-surgeon on H.M.S. Dover moored in the River Thames. He contributed correspondence to the Lancet regarding the reported circumstances of cholera on the Dover.[1]


William Marshall was surgeon on the convict ship Fanny in 1833.


William Marshall was appointed surgeon to H.M.S. Alligator in 1834.


He spoke at the 14th anniversary of the Van Diemen's Land Auxiliary Bible Society at the Court House in Hobart in January 1834. The Hobart Town Courier thought he was the most eloquent speaker of the evening, who though yet a young man, whose studies had been mainly devoted to the medical profession, was evidently a divine of no mean acquirements.


He was surgeon on the Alligator when that vessel was sent to rescue the wife and child of the captain of a whaling vessel who were said to be held captive by Maoris. The rescue mission turned violent and William Marshall later wrote of the situation in A Personal Narrative of Two Visits to New Zealand in His Majesty's Ship Alligator in 1836.


1). Tears for Pity, a volume of poetry in 1824. - Monthly Review

2). His article on Medical Education was published in the Lancet in 1827

3). Correspondence of William Barrett Marshall of H.M.S. Soudan on the benefits of Vaccination for Smallpox in Africa (1841)

4). Nosological Report, for the Town of Fremantle, W.A. from the commencement of the colony in 1828 to December 1833 and Extract from the Journal of W.B. Marshall on Norfolk Island by William Barrett Marshall - Medico-Chirurgical Review


[1] The Lancet