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Convict Ship Hibernia 1819

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Embarked: 160 men
Voyage: 172 days
Deaths: 3
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Captain John Lennon  
Surgeon Superintendent Charles Carter

The Hibernia departed Portsmouth on 20 November 1818, however owing to a series of adverse winds in the Channel and again off the coast of Australia, her voyage was unusually long being 172 days duration. The Hibernia arrived in Hobart on 11 May 1819.  

One hundred and fifty-seven prisoners arrived in a healthy state, three having died on the passage out. There were many cases of fever and catarrh, which the surgeon attributed to inadequate warm clothing. He permitted the prisoners to use their own clothes if they had them.

The prisons also leaked water in bad weather. The swinging stoves and wind sails were used in an attempt to dry the prison and bedding and the prison was also fumigated several times.

There were three confinements, two of them difficult, however all the babies (boys) survived according to Charles Carter's medical journal.  

Officer commanding the guard, was Lieutenant Mee of the 83rd regiment.  

Passengers included Rev. Richard Hill, Assistant Chaplain of New South Wales, Mrs Hill and Mrs. Smith and family; John Smith son of William and Dinah Smith (CSI); James Nixon and William Killow; discharged soldiers from the 73rd regiment with the family of Killow as settlers.  

The Hibernia continued on to Sydney in June with cabin passengers R.W. Loane, Edward Lord, Thoms Kent and B. H. Ainsworth.

While the ship lay in Sydney harbour convict stowaway Mercer Ludgater secreted himself on board in an attempt to escape the colony. He was found before the Hibernia sailed however, and was returned to shore. As part of his punishment he was sent to the penal settlement at Newcastle.

The Hibernia departed Sydney bound for Calcutta via Batavia.    

Notes & Links:  

1). The Colonial Secretary's Papers reveal that a great deal of acrimony existed between Rev. Richard Hill and the surgeon Charles Carter. Select here to find some of the causes.    

2). Hibernia Convicts and passengers identified in the Hunter Valley



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