Convict Ship Asia (III) 1825
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Embarked 200 men
Voyage 113 days
Surgeon's Journal - Yes
Charlotte arrived 29 April 1825
Hercules arrived 7 May 1825
Captain William L. Pope
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
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
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
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
William Hunter, aged
Charles Mullins, aged 46, convict;
James Lovell, aged 21, convict;
James Hawson, aged 24,
Thomas Howes, aged 36, convict;
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
John Broughton, aged 16, convict;
William Parsons, aged 19, convict;
George Thrush, aged
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.
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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
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
Sir Godfrey Webster,
Morley Other ships bringing detachments of the 3rd regiment included the
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).....
- Shoemaker assigned to George
McKenzie at Williams River
- Groom assigned to Richard Driver in
- Fishmonger assigned to Robert
Cooper at Sydney
- Footman assigned to Mrs. Howe in
Some Investigations into the Site of Brisbane's Earliest Burial
Ground, p. 410
Sydney Gazette 14 October 1826
South Australian 2 April 1844
Bateson, Charles &
Library of Australian History (1983). The
convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian
History, Sydney : pp.346-347
(5). Ancestry.com. UK,
Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857
[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com 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.
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