males Voyage 111 days Deaths 1 Surgeon's Journal - No
arrived 15 July 1822 Next vessel:
Mangles arrived 8 November 1822
Captain Thomas L. Reid Surgeon Superintendent
James Alexander Mercer
The Asia was built at Aberdeen in
1819 and transported convicts to New South Wales in
1822, 1825, 1828, 1830, 1832,1833,
1836 and 1840.
The convicts of the Asia came from districts throughout England. They
were held in county prisons or Newgate before being sent to one of
the prison hulks. Some of the convicts who were
tried at the Old Bailey on 24 October 1821 including Thomas French,
Benjamin Abbott, John Sowerby, John Lynn,
George Wilson, William Jones and Thomas Wilson, were sent to the
Leviathan hulk at Portsmouth on 3rd December 1821; they transferred to the
Asia on 26th March 1822.
In all, one hundred and
ninety male prisoners were embarked, and the Asia departed
England on 4th April 1822, three days prior to the
Although James Mercer submitted a journal to the Colonial Government
on arrival the journal does not seem to have survived. However in
the journal of his voyage of the Asia
(3) in 1825 he commented that he considered himself fortunate in
that there was little illness on either of these voyages. On the
voyage in 1825 James Mercer allowed dancing and encouraged the
prisoners to be active.
Asia arrived in Port Jackson on 24th July 1822 with 189 male
prisoners in good health, one having died on the passage out. The
men were landed on Monday 29th July and they appeared to be in good
health, with two or three exceptions who were sent to the General
Hospital in Sydney.
His Excellency Governor Brisbane
inspected them and they were afterwards handed over to their various
employments. Forty-three prisoners were forwarded to Parramatta
district by boat; five to Windsor district; eight to Evan district;
nine to Airds; thirteen to Liverpool district.
HERE to find out more about convicts and passengers of the Asia
2). Captain Reid had frequently visited the colony. He
died on the voyage home from India. (Hobart
3). James Mercer was also employed as
Surgeon Superintendent on the
Albion to Van Diemen's Land in 1823.
5). Return of Convicts of the
Asia assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March
1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832).....
Thomas Campbell Pedlar assigned to
at Maitland John Lynn Butcher assigned to William Stewart
in Sydney 6).
Lieutenant George Richard Carmac joined
the Buffs on 17 November 1814. He was appointed Ensign on 18 March
1819. In NSW he was acting Commandant at Port Macquarie in November
and December 1824 after Captain John Rolland died. Lieutenant Carmac
was appointed Captain on 14 December 1826 (2). He married Henrietta,
second daughter of Major Maling at Calcutta in February 1833. His
wife gave birth to a daughter at Ghazeepore in 1835. He died at
Meerut in 1838 after a few days fever and illness. 'This Officer
who was senior captain in the 3rd regiment had served with it for a
period of nineteen years. (1)
Commandants at Port Macquarie.... Francis Allman 1821 -1824
Captain Rolland succeeded Allman April 1824 Lieutenant
Carmac, 1824 Henry Gillman 1824 - 1826 Archibald Clunes Innes