Convict Ship Emma Eugenia 1838
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|Embarked 200 men
Voyage 95 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
vessel: Waterloo arrived 8
Diamond arrived 28 March 1838
Master Giles Wade
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
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
Marquis of Huntley,
and Emma Eugenia.
Detachments of the 80th
regiment arrived the
Bengal Merchant, Asia,
and Emma Eugenia.
1). Robert Wylie was also employed as surgeon on the convict
Wellesley in 1836 and the
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)