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Convict Ship Emma Eugenia 1838 


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Embarked 200 men
Voyage 95 days
Deaths 1
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Waterloo arrived 8 February 1838
Next vessel: Diamond arrived 28 March 1838
Master Giles Wade
Surgeon Superintendent Robert Wylie
Chief officer of the Emma Eugenia was Mr. Pritchard. Two of the seamen were John Hamilton and George Field

Two hundred prisoners were embarked on the Emma Eugenia from the Hulks at Portsmouth in October 1837.

Most were Englishmen from various parts of the country and had been convicted of crimes including stealing, receiving, robbery, forgery and bigamy and also......James Edwards, originally from Derby was sentenced to 14 years transportation in Malta for attempting to shoot his sergeant-major. Robert McMurray from Cork was sentenced to transportation for life for striking his drum-major. Carleton William Roche, solicitor and clerk was sentenced to 7 years transportation for embezzlement.

The Emma Eugenia departed London on 6th November 1837.

Robert Wylie R.N. kept a Medical Journal from 7 October 1837 to 24 February 1838. He reported that the passage through the tropics was favourable. Scurvy appeared by January, however according to the surgeon the disease was checked with lemon juice and sugar. Nitre in vinegar was tried also but found not as effective as lemon juice. Forty seven years old Thomas Whipps died on 8th February, leaving one hundred and ninety nine male convicts.

They arrived in Port Jackson on Friday 9th February 1838; a voyage of 95 days.  Two convicts died shortly after arrival - James Day and George Burls both died on 20th February 1838 in Sydney hospital.

The guard consisted of Ensign Love, 28th regiment., Lieut. Rice, 52nd regiment., Serjeant Bernard Turley, Corporal Dickinson, 29 rank and file of the 28th, 50th, 52nd and 80th regiment and their wives and families.

Detachments of the 28th regiment arrived on the Recovery, Lady McNaughten, Charles Kerr, Westmoreland, Marquis of Huntley Norfolk, Backwell, England, John Barry, Susan, Waterloo, Moffatt, Strathfieldsaye.  Portsea and Emma Eugenia.

Detachments of the 80th regiment arrived the Lady Kennaway, Lloyds, Norfolk, Bengal MerchantAsia, Captain Cook, Earl Grey, St. Vincent, John, Prince George, Mangles, Heber, Theresa, Calcutta, Eden
 and Emma Eugenia.

Notes & Links:

1). Robert Wylie was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Henry Wellesley in 1836 and the Barossa in 1839.

2). Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Emma Eugenia in 1838

3). This may have been Edward Missenden Love - appointed to the 28th regt., from the Military College (Sydney Monitor 24 January 1838).....He was appointed Lieutenant, 17th August, 1838; captain, 20th December, 1842 and Retired in 1849. (Historical records of the 91st Argyll shire Highlanders)


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