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Convict Ship Glory 1818

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Embarked: 170 men
Voyage: 119 days
Deaths (convicts): 0
Surgeon's Journal: no
Previous vessel: Neptune arrived 5 May 1818
Next vessel: Isabella arrived 14 September 1818
Captain Edward Pounder
Surgeon Superintendent William Stewart R.N.

The prisoners of the Glory came from districts throughout England and Scotland.

Among them were grooms, gardeners and butchers as well as a bricklayer, chimney sweep, cabinet maker, locksmith nd two soldiers who had been court-martialled - William Marsden and Henry Preston. Many prisoners were in their 20s or early 30s but there were also young lads still in their teens

The Times reported on 20 April 1818  -  Kelly and Spicer, the two boys sentenced to death for having forged bank notes, but whose execution was respited in consequence of Finney being suspected as enticing them to commit the act, are to be transported to New South Wales, They together with (Israel) Chapman, the resurrection man, are now on board the Retribution convict ship at Sheerness, waiting the arrival of the Glory transport to convey them and several others to Port Jackson.

Israel Chapman first arrived on the Glory as a convict having been tried for highway robbery at the Old Bailey in 1818. Later he became an overseer and constable and was responsible for the capture of many burglars and bushrangers. He received a Pardon and returned to England in 1829 and immigrated with his second wife Mary on the Andromeda in 1833. On arrival in 1833 he was employed as a Police Runner. (1)

Some of the men in the Retribution hulk were transferred to the Glory on 1st May 1818.  The Glory departed Sheerness on the 18th May 1818, came direct and arrived in Port Jackson on the same day as the Isabella - Monday 14 September 1818.

The Glory was one of eighteen convict ships arriving in New South Wales in 1818. The Glory came direct and arrived with all 170 male prisoners who had embarked, none having died on the passage out.

The convict indents include such information as name, when and where convicted, sentence, native place, trade and occasional information about tickets of leave. There is no information as to where and to whom the prisoners were assigned on arrival.

Twenty eight men of the 87th under Lieut. Ervine formed the guard. 

William Levingstone (Leviston), former Sergeant and Band master of the 100 regt., wife and family came as a passengers/ free settlers with recommendations from Under Secretary Henry Goulburn.   Private Michael Fitzgerald of the 87th regiment died on the voyage from a lingering illness.

The Glory sailed for Calcutta on 7th November 1818.

Notes & Links:

1). Twenty seven of the men have been identified residing in the Hunter Valley region in the following years. Select HERE to find out more about prisoners and passengers sent to the Hunter Valley.

2).  News reached England that the Glory, Isabella and Maria had reached Sydney safely in 1819....


1).  Australian Dictionary of Biography - Israel Chapman



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