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Convict Ship Asia (III) 1825

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Embarked 200 men
Voyage 113 days
Deaths 2
Surgeon's Journal - Yes
Tons: 492
Previous vessel: Royal Charlotte arrived 29 April 1825
Next vessel: Hercules arrived 7 May 1825
Captain William L. Pope  
Surgeon Superintendent Thomas Davies  

The Asia was built in Calcutta in 1805.  (4)

It was reported on 18th December 1824 at Portsmouth of the detention of many outward bound vessels by contrary winds. Some of the ships had been two months out of the Downs during which they had made repeated ineffectual struggles to clear the Channel but could not get to the westward of Plymouth. The convict ships Hercules, Royal Charlotte and the Asia were among these vessels detained at Portsmouth.


The Asia departed Portsmouth on 5th January 1825; Santa Cruz 24th January; and arrived in Port Jackson on Friday 29 April 1825.

A muster was held on board by Colonial Secretary Frederick Goulburn on 2nd May 1825. Of the two hundred prisoners who were embarked in England, one was re-landed prior to sailing, two men died on the voyage Thomas Howey and James Lovett - and one was sent to the hospital on arrival in Sydney Cove.  

Thomas Davies kept a Medical Journal from 3 October 1824 to 6 May 1825. He had previously served as surgeon superintendent on the Henry in 1823.   There were no cases of scurvy on this voyage and the surgeon was pleased to report that there were no cases of illness when the vessel entered Port Jackson........

It may not excite surprise that my anxiety to prolong the existence of men so circumstanced has been great and continued and I beg to remark that in every individual requiring even a purgative and the facility with which the greater number were restored to their former condition, may be conclusive as to the slight tendency of their indisposition to danger. In conclusion I had the satisfaction of discharging my charges in the Colony perfectly healthy. (5)

The following convicts and soldiers were mentioned in the surgeon's journal (6) -

John Finn, aged 28, private 57th Regiment;

Thomas Briggs, aged 37, convict;

James Holmes, H. S. Piers, Samuel Lemon, Henry Farley, Henry Bolton, John Dyer, John Scott, convicts;

Sergeant Pike, 57th Regiment; 

James Minote;

William Hunter, aged 22, convict;

Charles Mullins, aged 46, convict;

James Lovell, aged 21, convict;
James Hawson, aged 24, convict;

Thomas Howes, aged 36, convict;

John Nelson, aged 18, convict;

James Jones, aged 23, convict;

James Mitchel, aged 21, convict;

Henry Spurhley, aged 54, Joseph Hare, aged 19, James Stenning, aged 29, John Mathews, aged 22, convicts;

John Broughton, aged 16, convict;

William Parsons, aged 19, convict; 

George Thrush, aged 16, convict

The three youngest convicts were George Hames (16), William Miles (16) and James Quinnell (15). Hames and Quinnell were both sent to Carter's Barracks on arrival.  Convict Robert Johnson, surgeon and apothecary was sent to the 'Valley of the Swells', Wellington Valley.  

The Guard consisted of Lieut-Governor Colonel Stewart of the 3rd regiment, Lieut. Thomas Bainbridge* of the 57th and 54 men of the 57th and 3rd (Buffs) regiments in including Sergeant Pike and Private John Finn.  Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 57th regiment.

Sir Francis Forbes in giving evidence before the Select Committee into transportation in 1837 mentioned John Fitch, formerly a sailor in the Royal Navy. John Fitch whose real name was John Knatchbull arrived as a convict on the Asia. He received a ticket of leave in 1829 however was convicted of forgery and sent to Norfolk Island in 1832. After completing his sentence at Norfolk Island he returned to Sydney where he was executed for murder in February 1844. (3

Notes & Links:  

1). Convict Henry Sears was assigned to service at Paterson Plains in 1825. After many transgressions of the law he was executed in 1842 for piracy and murder at Norfolk Island.  

2). James Rawson and Thomas Hunt were involved in the piratical seizure of the Gurnett in 1826. They were later acquitted on a charge of piracy because of unco-operative witnesses.  

3). Select here to find out more about convicts of the Asia 111 who were sent to the Hunter Valley

4). *Lieutenant Thomas Bainbridge accompanied Captain Logan to the penal settlement at Moreton Bay in March 1826 where he was employed as acting engineer (1). He married Sarah, second daughter of Samuel Bates, formerly Deputy Judge Advocate of Norfolk Island in Sydney in October 1826.(2)  

5). Other ships bringing detachments of the 57th regiment included the Royal Charlotte
Asia, Prince Regent, Borodino, Norfolk, Minstrel, Henry Porcher, Hooghley, Lonach, Sir Godfrey Webster, Marquis of Hastings, Sesostris, Mangles, Medway and Morley Other ships bringing detachments of the 3rd regiment included the Shipley, Henry, Surry, Mangles, Asia, Southworth, Countess of Harcourt, Guildford, Princess Royal, Eliza and Brampton 

6). Return of Convicts who died in 1870...    


7).  Return of Convicts of the Asia assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 28 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....

William Clifton - Shoemaker assigned to George McKenzie at Williams River
Isaac Cannon - Groom assigned to Richard Driver in Sydney
John Nelson - Fishmonger assigned to Robert Cooper at Sydney
Thomas Phillips - Footman assigned to Mrs. Howe in Sydney


(1). Some Investigations into the Site of Brisbane's Earliest Burial Ground, p. 410  

(2). Sydney Gazette 14 October 1826  

(3). South Australian 2 April 1844

(4). Bateson, Charles & Library of Australian History (1983). The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.346-347

(5). UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals (ADM 101, 804 bundles and volumes). Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey.

(6). National Archives - Reference: ADM 101/4/9 Description: Medical journal of the Asia convict ship for 3 October 1824 to 6 May 1825 by Thomas Davies, Surgeon and Superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in conveying 200 hundred male convicts to New South Wales.  




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