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Convict Ship Backwell 1835 


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Embarked 152 men
Voyage 109 days
Deaths 2
Surgeon's Journal - No
Tons: 346
Previous vessel: England arrived 28 September 1835
Next vessel: Mary Anne arrived 26 October 1835
Captain Dalrymple Dowson
Surgeon Superintendent John Love

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Six ships departed Ireland with convicts for New South Wales in 1835. The Backwell departed Cork on 12th June 1835.

This was John Love's last appointment as surgeon superintendent on a convict ship. He was well experienced having been first appointed as assistant surgeon twenty two years previously. His appointments to convict ships included to the John in 1829, Mellish in 1830 (to VDL), and the Atlas in 1833 (to VDL) 

One hundred and fifty male prisoners arrived in Port Jackson on 29 September 1835. The voyage had taken 109 days and two prisoners died on the way.  It was a clear day at 6am in Sydney on the 29th September, with winds from the SW, however by midday the skies had clouded over. Rain began the following day.

There were seven young prisoners on board -
Denis Connors and James Hogan were both 15;
John Drummy and Thadie Cronin were 14;
Patrick Mullins was 13; and
Patrick Carney an errand boy from Cork was only twelve years old.

The Guard was commanded by Captain Irvine of the 28th regiment and included Ensign Stanwell and 28 rank and file of 28th regiment, 1 of the 17th regiment, 7 women and 10 children, two having been born on the voyage.

Convict ships bringing detachments of the 28th regiment included Recovery, Marquis of Huntley, Charles Kerr, Westmoreland, Norfolk, Backwell, England, John Barry, Susan, Waterloo, Moffatt, Strathfieldsaye, Portsea and Lady McNaughten

The Backwell brought with her the news of the death of the widow of the great navigator Captain James Cook.  Elizabeth Cook survived her husband by 56 years and lived to be 94 years of age.

The Backwell was appointed to do survey work following disembarkation of the prisoners and departed for Mauritius in November.  

Notes & Links:

1). Select here to find other convict ships arriving in New South Wales in 1835.

2). Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Backwell in 1835  



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