|The Batavia was
the next convict ship to leave England for New South Wales after the
departure of the
Ocean in August 1817.
The Batavia departed from
Plymouth on 1 November 1817, touched only at Madeira and anchored in Sydney Cove on 5th April 1818.
Lieut. Elgee of the 34th. Regt. commanded the Guard of Soldiers on
board, consisting of detachments the 34th. 46th. & 48th. Regiments.
were forwarded by water to Parramatta and then by land to Windsor.
Another twelve were sent in charge of William Cox to Bathurst.
in Port, Captain Lamb married Charlotte Sarah Willoe, the eldest
William Gore, Esq., Provost Marshal. The marriage took
place on the 1st June at St. Phillips Church and Captain Lamb left
for Bombay on the 3rd June.
The Sydney Gazette reported in July that
the Batavia had returned after an absence of five weeks, not being
able to make the western passage for India.
William Wheatley who
arrived on the Batavia was sent to Newcastle penal settlement for a
colonial crime. He was one of eleven pirates who seized the cutter
Eclipse from the harbour in 1825. Find out more about their
audacious escape here
George Cooke arrived as a convict on the
Batavia. He was employed as hospital assistant when the new
settlement was formed at Port Macquarie in 1821.
Abraham Fenton of
the 48th regiment was Assistant Surgeon at Port Macquarie in 1821.
Notes & Links:
1818, Lachlan Macquarie was Governor of the
Lieutenant James Morisset was Commandant at Newcastle.
2). The total population in New South Wales in 1818 was 17,165. Of
those were 4,100 male convicts and 2340 female convicts.
Valley convicts / passengers who arrived on the Batavia in 1818
Return of Convicts of the Batavia assigned between 1st January 1832
and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
James Barrett Limeburner assigned to Francis Girard at Sydney
Radford, Baker and soldier assigned to Francis Girard at Sydney
5). Other convict ships bringing detachments
of the 34th regiment included the Baring in 1815, Globe in 1819,
Asia in 1820, Grenada in 1821, Speke in 1821, Prince of Orange in
1821 and Adamant in 1821.
Other convict ship bringing detachments of
the 48th regiment included the Pilot, Dorothy, Larkins, Lady
Castlereagh, Agamemnon, Minerva and Isabella.
Detachments of the
46th regiment also arrived on the Lord Eldon, Fame, Recovery,
Elizabeth, Larkins, General Hewitt, Guildford, Surry, Surry,
Shipley, Ocean, Sir William Bensley, Morley, Marquis of Wellington,
Canada Lady Castlereagh and Bencoolen.
(1). HRA, Series 1, Vol. IX, p.792